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Massawyrm works through his Stiller Issues with TROPIC THUNDER!!


Hola all. Massawyrm here. February 20th, 1994. I don'’t remember her name, but I’ll never forget those eyes. Pale blue beneath tumbling blonde tresses. She was five foot nothing and we’'d met outside of the mosh pit of a White Zombie concert just weeks before. After several late night conversations we’'d agreed on a day for our first date. Dinner at my place followed by the movie of her choice. She chose a new film, out that weekend. Reality Bites. My filet mignon was excellent. The movie sucked balls. So awkward was the mood afterwards that we practically shot pool in silence. I never saw her again. June 1996. I’'m not going to tell you her name. But her eyes, bright green tinted with the slightest shades of crazy. We'’d been together 4 months and she offered a trade. She'’d perform a feat of sword swallowing if she could pick the movie. It was payment after delivery, if you know what I’m saying. She chose The Cable Guy. Yeah. I never got that blowjob. It kind of fell apart a few weeks later. I still blame Ben Stiller. September 25th, 2001. Knowing full well of the curse of Stiller on my love life, I convinced my fiancée to stay home while I went to this alone. I knew that no matter what I did or what I said, it would end as it always did. A somber, silent walk out of the theatre followed by a play free evening. I was not disappointed. But that fiancée later married me and is still with me today. Coincidence? Now I usually try to avoid the biographical information when setting these up, but this is special. Me and Stiller have a history. He’'s a cinematic cockblocker whose movies drive me up the wall. At least the ones he writes or directs himself. Can'’t stand ‘em. So when I say that Tropic Thunder is the best thing he’'s ever done, understand that those aren’t easy words to type. And when I say it is the culmination of his entire career, finally achieving everything he'’s always grasped at and never quite achieved, you know this is something special. It'’s not enough to say that Tropic Thunder is funny. It is a genius piece of satire that blissfully begins lobbing grenades at Hollywood culture as it charges over the hill to shove a bayonet right up its ass. Studio execs, agents, directors. Everyone gets a jab or two thrown their way. But the actors. Holy Christ, they’re barely even concealing who they’re making fun of. But at the same time, it is making fun of them all. The entire film is about what it is to be an actor in the system, while laying bare the egos that get created. It is positively scathing at times. And while self-aware Hollywood themed jokefests tend to only be funny to people in the industry, Stiller has found a way to transcend that and make this so god damned wacky that he accomplishes the satire whilst being able to sell it to a mainstream audience at the same time. Everything Stiller has been working towards in his previous directorial efforts comes together perfectly here. Look at all three of his previous features. Each one was a socially aware parody of some segment of modern society, tinged with some strange over the top comedy that never quite gelled with the message. Each movie had a few good jokes. Hell, Stiller can be funny. But he was never able to get all the elements to work in complete harmony until now. Here everything just falls into place. The comedy is funny and sharp right off of the page – but the performances take it up to a completely different level. Stiller is his classic over the top Stiller, only this time in a world that acknowledges that you’re not supposed to act or talk that way. Jack Black does what he does best and gets to take it to up a notch once things start getting weird. And Robert Downey Jr., I mean what can you say, it'’s the guy'’s year. He’'s brilliant and gets the role of a career here. But let’'s face it: you’re gonna read much more in depth pieces about these guys all over the place today. I want to talk about the guy that I feel was truly inspired, sublime casting. Jay Baruchel. A world class cockblocker in his own right, Baruchel is cast as…himself. He'’s that down to earth actor who just can'’t catch a break, always doing great work while surrounded by much, much bigger names. You'’ll remember him as the one guy in the Apatow stable (most recently in Knocked Up) NOT to get a feature of his own. Or maybe as the kid Danger Barch in Million Dollar Baby, sandwiched in between Oscar winners Eastwood, Freeman and Swank. Or perhaps you recall him from the trailer to the seemingly never to be released Fanboys we’re always talking about. And here he'’s cast just as he has been in most movies. As a workhorse actor surrounded by gigantic stars. And really he’s the glue that holds the whole thing together. He'’s the straight man, surrounded by a pack of loons. And he performs admirably. But sadly will, once again (just as his character in the film) be relegated to ALSO APPEARING status. And there’'s a subtle genius to casting him – the same kind of genius you find throughout the film. It is comedy in layers. Jokes within jokes. While this film can be watched by the average filmgoer, and be considered hilariously funny, the more film literate you are the funnier it becomes. Oh my god, there’re some bits of casting so scathing that it is unreal. Everyone’s talking about the secret studio head performance, but it was Jake Gyllenhaal that had me doubled over when he popped up. No, unlike his rocky history, Stiller has really outdone himself. He has finally made that perfect comedy, that incredibly original social satire that fires on all cylinders and will be well regarded for years to come. He still owes me a first date and a blowjob, but I certainly won’t be rolling my eyes next time he’'s tapped to direct again. In fact, I might even take my wife. This comes Highly Recommended and is probably one of the smartest comedies you are bound to see all year. Until next time friends, smoke ‘'em if ya got ‘em. Massawyrm
Has this review gotten you to go Full Retard? Well send the Wyrm your comments here, moron.



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  • Aug. 13, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    My anticipation is high for this

    by tomdolan04

    and having had the same Ben Stiller reservations puts my mind at ease somewhat. <p> Bring it on. Been to the cinema about five times this summer and each flick hasn't dissapointed which has been a merciful change.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Though the idea that

    by tomdolan04

    Ben Stiller owes you a blowjob massawym is not one I needed in my head mid-way through my working office day.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    And...

    by tomdolan04

    by the time this comes out in the UK it's a shame a portion of it's audience will have torrented the crap out of it. <p> I'm gonna support this - the good needs people to show we don't want crappy summer movies anymore. Admittedly with some flicks hyperbole has gotta out of control but on the whole this year is a VAST improvement on movies '07

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    Give anyone enough time...

    by QuandraX

    And, the will find a way to impress you. Personally, I am in it for Robert Downey, Jr. But, it's nice to know Stiller won't be ruining it.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Stiller

    by Shoegeezer

    Is much better here than he has been for years, the Simple Jack stuff is killer. Best of all, he has the sense to get out of Downey's way and let him do his thing.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Anyone here heard a "apostrophes"?

    by PrezMike

    Jeez, editing, anyone? You cared enough to put in the accent in "fiancée", but you can't put apostrophes in the shortened words?? Which are all over the piece? Took me a few rereads to actually get what "wed met outside" meant.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST

    "cinematic cockblocker"

    by Marxeffect

    hahahaha genius!!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I think you mean't "of" apostrophes

    by Marxeffect

    PrezMike! Burn!!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    2001?

    by Shoegeezer

    What was the 2001 Stiller movie you saw? Also, don't remember Gyllenhaal in this movie? Where was he?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST

    's fucking bollocks

    by Mr_X

    my eyes!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    I stopped reading Massawym's reviews....

    by Karl Childers

    just because of those annoying squares.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:17 a.m. CST

    the trailer was enough to convince me

    by Mr_X

    not the hugest of stiller fans. something about mary i found him ok in, everythng else ive pretty much avoided. from the trailers i knew this movie woudl rock and rdj is the icing on the cake. the man's on fire i tell you! fire!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:20 a.m. CST

    stiller CAN be funny

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    but you have to go back to the old 'ben stiller show' 15 years ago with janeane garofalo and andy dick (yes, andy dick!). funny as shit - especially the red sea "cops" episode. that, and "t.j. o'pootertoot's"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Movies make shitty first dates.

    by mr.brownstone

    That's a fact.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    by maddox

    August 13, 2008. I'm not going to tell you his name, but he should have went with his gut and avoided biographical references.<p>August 15, 2008. Ben Stiller still makes me fall asleep in theaters.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Zoolander...

    by davebaxter1989

    ...is a comedy classic!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:36 a.m. CST

    tropic thunder was great

    by Jubba

    as per my review http://www.aintitcool.com/node/37409 everyone should see it!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I really liked Zero Effect

    by Spandau Belly

    That was a good use of Stiller.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    That's all well and good, but ZOOLANDER is a classic.

    by brokentusk

    I've seen the film countless times and I still laugh throughout.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    Marxeffect

    by TABALF

    I think you meant "meant". The words "hoist" and "petard" come flooding to mind.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Hahaha good spot TABALF

    by Marxeffect

    Now here's an idea... Mind your own fucking business!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I like Stiller

    by Chanoc

    To me he has always delivered, well Night at the Museum is the one I like less (and Envy) but my kid loved NATM and he can´t wait for No. 2. Since Ben is portraying a kind of Sylvester Stallone character in this movie a Q&A session like he did a couple of years ago would be awesome!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:01 a.m. CST

    andy dick had a great show on MTV

    by ciroslive

    Two in fact. His own show and The Apprentice rip-off which was great. When does he start making good movies?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    "Bayonet right up its ass"

    by TroutMaskReplicant

    Interesting choice of words. I'm stroking my psychiatrist's beard even as I write. He purrs like a kit-e-kat.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:12 a.m. CST

    right on Spandau Belly

    by Bloo

    Zero Effect easily one of if not the best movie the year it came out...98, 99? Right before Ben Stiller became BEN STILLER, he was willing to take the stright man role and really shone in it, leting Paxton be totally over the top, ryan O'Neal as a total sleaze, it's just a really fantastic movie, that was Jake Kasdan's first feature right? Just a flat out great take on Sherlock Holmes, perhaps a feature OLEG movie club movie?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    right on Spandau Belly

    by Bloo

    Zero Effect easily one of if not the best movie the year it came out...98, 99? Right before Ben Stiller became BEN STILLER, he was willing to take the stright man role and really shone in it, leting Paxton be totally over the top, ryan O'Neal as a total sleaze, it's just a really fantastic movie, that was Jake Kasdan's first feature right? Just a flat out great take on Sherlock Holmes, perhaps a feature OLEG movie club movie?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Jay Baruchel did have a shot

    by Ko-Dan_Mothership

    in Undeclared. While it was totally wicked, I guess no one watched it but me.

  • I actually took that literally for a minute, until I read the rest of the paragraph. Gotta say, I'm disappointed.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Reality Bites

    by Shigeru

    Ruled.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Jesus I can't wait for this.

    by HoboCode

    I may have to wear a hernia truss just to get through this movie alive.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:21 a.m. CST

    The Cable Guy is awesome by the way.

    by HoboCode

    Very much underappreciated.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Please remember to use apostrophes.

    by Alpo Jones

    It makes your review really difficult to read if you don't properly punctuate it. I kept rereading the first couple of sentences saying, "Wait a minute, this girl was wed (married) at a White Zombie concert? Did she get divorced? Is that why she's on a date with you?" Shoddy and pitiful attempt at writing. Now, if you will excuse me I'm going to go masturbate. See how well punctuated all that was?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by OBSD

    You guys have been pushing both this and Pineapple Express hard. And I was pschyced to see both movies. But after watching Pineapple Express, I'm not sure I want to take another comedy reccomendation from you guys ever again. From the overly long black & white opening (we get it. Pot makes you act "wacky" and therefore must be deemed illegal, drag it out for an hour why don't you?)to the painfull ending (exactly how long are you guys going to spend telling us exactly, detail by deatil EEVERYTHING that just happened in this movie, which I JUST FUCKING WATCHED?!) I haven't sat through a movie that was this unfunny and boring since Shoah. When the funniest things about a movie are Ed Bagley JR, and a 30 second improv scene between Gary COle and Rosie Perez, you're fucked. I know it's a "stoner" movie, but that movie was dropping plot threads left and right ( so what happened with the girlfriend? Ah fuck it, nobody will notice if she just disappears from the plot.) and replacing them with Danny McBride. Something about his stupid fucking face makes me want to put a bullet in it. I haven't wanted to beat the shit out of an character so bad since Martin Short was in Clifford. So in short, you guys pimped the shit out of Pinapple Express, which sucked a bag of dicks, so I'm not exactly keen of the other comedy you're pimping, Tropic Thunder or any other comedy you think is good for a long fucking time.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Remember how Gene Siskel used to start reviews that way?

    by ArcadianDS

    yeah, me neither.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:37 a.m. CST

    OBSD - here's the problem you're having

    by ArcadianDS

    The reason they're pushing Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder HARD, is because at AICN, its not about whether a movie is good - but about trying to earn brownie points with specific directors/ studios/producers/ actors/whatever. They're shilling movies not based on their quality, but based on how much that shilling puts them in the good graces of someone important in Hollywood. If Eli Roth had directed Clone Wars, not only would the be no embargo, but it would have been updated no less than 22 times over the past year, and we'd have 8 reviews posted right now about how awesome it was.<p> and in contrast, if Micheal Bay were directing Inglorious Bastards, you'd all be asking me, "Inglorious what, now?"<p> This is all build-up to a potential 1-on-1 SOUND-O-TEXT with Apatow and Stiller.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Billy Bob Thorton as Freddy Krueger???

    by Sithdan

    The new Nightmare on Elm Street is an insult to Robert Englund's horror legacy. It needs to be seriously boycotted!!! FUCK, what a travesty!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Gyllenhaal?

    by gosassin

    When did he show up?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST

    protestors, funniest/cutest protestors ever!

    by readyoufool

    Every time I read about the retarded protestors outside chanting various protest slogans i can't help but laugh. I can't even come up with any jokes about it. The image of these guys protesting . . . it just kills. Have you heard Patton Oswalt's bit on gay retards? "We're here! We're Queer! We're . . . APPLES!!! I would like an apple. And some cock!"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Cable Guy is hilarious!

    by JonQuixote

    That chick probably begged off after the movie and then went and suck started a dude with a real sense of humor.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Jake Gyllenhaal

    by Dogma_Jedi

    He was in the movie? I missed it.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    By the way, people

    by OBSD

    It's not "retards" or "retarted". The word is "Reatrdos". Get it right, people.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Wonder if he meant Toby Maguire?

    by gosassin

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I didn't see Gyllenhall either...(Spoilers)

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    ...unless Massa is confusing him for a certain spider lad.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I trust these guys when it comes to superheroes

    by Garbageman33

    But comedy, not so much. Granted, I'll still see this. Probably tonight. But the other movie they really hyped, Pineapple Express, sucked. Bad. In fact, it made me think Judd Apatow has lost it. And that Seth Rogen never had it. Just a painfully unfunny movie (other than Red, that is) that added in some false sentimentality, just for good measure. Here's the thing, Judd. Superbad worked because you saw that they were best friends. That's what the whole movie was about. So when they had their big emotional scene, it rang true. In Pineapple Express, all of a sudden they're in a tree saying how much they love each other (with some weird, unfunny gay overtones, to boot) and we have no idea why. Sorry, off topic. But that movie really pissed me off.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Me too garbageman..

    by OBSD

    You're right on the nose with the "best friends" thing in Pineapple Express. So much of the last 2/3rds hinged on them magically being best friends, but there's no reason why. And they're too damned lazy to tell us why.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Zoolander never gave me any problems

    by Teko

    Bizarrely, every time I've watched Zoolander with someone, I've gotten laid afterwards. I cannot explain this. Maybe it has something to do with David Bowie's cameo.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:03 a.m. CST

    M-O-O-N. That spells ’

    by Tom Cullen

    I hate Stiller even more than I hated this review, and that's quite a bit. And Jack Black, I hate him even more than I hate Stiller. And yet I'm still going to go see Tropic Thunder. Grab a raincoat, the apocalypse is here.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    On my way to the theater...

    by zombiwolf

    but I can t underestand why you re punctuation is so fucked

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    No mention of Alpa Chino?

    by terry1978

    I heard his debates with Downey in his black getup are hilarious.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST

    The Judd Apatow Community Theatre Troupe

    by Garbageman33

    Ok, I really shouldn't have gotten started on Pineapple Express. Because now I'm pissed off all over again. Can someone explain why Judd Apatow always uses the same people. It goes back to Freaks & Geeks/Undeclared. Oh look, it's Joe La Truglio, but now he's a high school teacher. Hey, it's the OB-Gyn from Knocked Up as an assassin. Using your friends is all well and good, but it becomes distracting and, here's the thing, Judd, maybe, just maybe there's someone better out there. Maybe do a casting session once rather than just opening your rolodex.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    This review needs more squares instead of apostrophes

    by SpyGuy

    In the immortal words of Huey Lewis, it's hip to be square.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    retards unite!

    by dr sauch

    that protest is absurd.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    It's "retardos", not retards!

    by OBSD

    Didn't anybody else watch that episode of Space Ghost?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Ben Stiller...sigh

    by ByTor

    So much unfunny crap. <P> I have a friend who is always telling me how funny Stiller is. He thinks Dodge Ball was teh comedy gold. He adores the Starsky and Hutch remake. But me...I can't think of a single Stiller movie that's even remotely funny. (Maybe Something About Mary, but even that movie was more about stupid slapstick than it was about wit.) <P> You want to see a funny movie that takes shots at Hollywood? Go rent State and Main. William H. Macy. Alec Baldwin. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Julia Stiles. Rebecca Pidgeon. And...written by David Mamet, with some of the most hilarious dialog you'll ever hear. "It takes all kinds." "Really? I always wondered what it took."

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I had the unfortunate experience

    by GingerBallz

    of seeing this steaming pile of dog shit for free at a sneak preview, and I will never again see another movie with Ben Stiller's name on it for as long as I live. I don't know how anyone could think he's even remotely funny. All of his characters are way too over-the-top and non-existent in the real world to invoke any type of actual, relative comedy. He parodies with the same level of cleverness as the makers of Epic Movie...What a Hollywood-grown, unfunny man he is. Downey, Jr. was the only funny part about this film. Danny McBride gets in a funny line or two, but the rest of the cast is mis-used and given throw-away roles (ie. Jack Black, Jay Baruchel). I don't recommend this movie to anyway. Absolutely dreadful.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Pineapple Express

    by Laughing Irishman

    Man, the trailers for this flick don't even make it look good. When it comes down to it, I'll usually go with my first reaction to a movie trailer or what not, I don't come here really for the reviews but more for the heads up as to what's gonna get made, who's making what, and whos fucking up what franchise.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:25 a.m. CST

    They should be picketing Cuba Gooding Jr.'s house

    by Garbageman33

    What right did he have to play a retarded person in "Radio"? Oh wait, he IS retarded. Never mind.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Your review sucked.

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    No offence. But that was my gag reflex typing.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Actually it's "motarded"

    by HoboCode

    Get with the program people.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    Massawyrm, sloppy, sloppy, sloppy

    by Trazadone

    Seriously, why take the time to write up such an extensive review and then post it with the apostrophe issue? Are you seriously unable to edit or preview before posting? I didn't read your review because it's too distracting. Aren't you embarrassed?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Apostrophes and anal retention

    by Laughing Irishman

    seriously You guys are bitching on one of these ' Get a life that type of anal retention can lead to colon cancer which can lead to death Seriously yall will bitch and moan about any little thing

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Everything bugged me in Pineapple Express..

    by OBSD

    Even that jock kid who apparently could do a Jeff Glodblum imitation. Why didn't they show his impression? Was the whole joke that he really couldn't do a good Jeff Goldblum impression and Seth's girlfriend was just wet for him and said that it was great it compliment him? Did the filmmakers just hire the biggest meathead they could find and it didn't matter if he could do a Jeff Goldblum impression? And have I been out of high school so long and things have changed so much that it's socially acceptable for jocks to be taking theater classes these days? I understand the point of that scene but it was so badly written and had no follow through that it was just another reason why that movie pissed me the fuck off.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    "to compliment him"

    by OBSD

    "it compliment" him just sounds like I'm another one of those them there retardos.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Zoolander

    by Jared

    If Zoolander hadn't come out 2 weeks after 9/11 it would have been a hit in theaters. It certainly found a wide audience on dvd. A very quotable and funny movie.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    OBSD

    by Laughing Irishman

    It's okay, it happenstances to one of every people.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I'd never consider marrying someone...

    by Harry Weinstein

    ...who didn't like ZOOLANDER. It wouldn't last.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Apostrophe Tragedy

    by kevinwillis.net

    Is probably due to Massawyrm composing in a word processor, like Microsoft Word, that automatically replaces quotes, apostrophes, and certain letter combinations (ligatures) with special high ASCII characters, and for some reason that doesn't make it through to AICN. I can't imagine the default typeface (Verdana? Tahoma?) doesn't have smartquotes, so it's something in the upload or translation process . . . he oughta type his reviews in Notepad or TextEdit. Or go find where turning off smartquotes and ligatures, etc., is buried in the preferences of his word processor of choice.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    No Owen Wilson

    by OBSD

    That's the best reason I can think of to watchTropic Thunder. Finally After ten years or so, I can watch a movie with Ben Stiller in it and not be forced to also stare at Owen Wilson's dicknose for 2 hours. Anybody else notice that thing looks like somebody grafted a dude's cock to his face? Between the Stiller/Wilson comedy team and the Judd Apatow Community Players, It would be nice to see a comedy that doesn't star some guy and all of his best fucking friends, whether they are funny or not.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Apatow is slipping.

    by HoboCode

    Superbad sucked donkey dick and it soundsl ike PE is just as bad. Even Kocked Up is annoying on second viewing. Oh Well. We'll always have 40YOV and F&G.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:14 a.m. CST

    I loved Superbad

    by OBSD

    That's why I was so let down with Pineapple Express.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    and who has a HUGE problem with Reality Bites?

    by Spandau Belly

    I mean, it's not my favorite movie or anything but the idea of it ruining somebody's date just blows my mind. It seems like the ideal date movie in that it's an inoffensive bland little dramedy. I know if I took a gal to see Science of Sleep or something on a first date she might think I'm mental, but Reality Bites? Who does that scare off?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Wait for DVD

    by Sithdan

    I'm holding off on this one until it's out on DVD.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST

    You think this site is shilling?

    by magic_ninja

    Wander over to CHUD.COM and you can pratically hear Seth Rogen's cock coming out of Devin's mouth everytime you go there. This site has nothing on the shameless bullshit that goes on over at CHUD.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Pineapple Express

    by GingerBallz

    Was pretty good, people. I don't know why nobody liked it. As for Superbad, that film was hilarious! Pineapple Express is everything Tropic Thunder wishes it could be: an original comedic twist on an existing genre film instead of a really bad parody the likes of Epic Movie.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST

    I reiterate that Massawyrm's reviewing is abhorrent.

    by MMacKK

    Every review is biographical, not just this one.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Perhaps its just personal similarities...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...But I think Superbad, and more so Pineapple Express, are the best things Apatow has been involved with. I would say by far, Virgin aside.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Knocked Up and Superbad

    by Laughing Irishman

    I couldn't watch those all the way through. Just stupid, inane, horrible worthless movies. No wit or anything to them. Steve Carrel made 40YOV, not Apatow.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Tropic Thunder is getting good reviews...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...and the ideas sound funny, but it's a little suspicious that nothing funny has been publically released yet. Even if there is no laughs to be found in it, at least its a step ahead of the rocker, which appears to be attempting to apply some sort of negative humour effect on audiences

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Laughing Irishman

    by ByTor

    Gets it.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:46 a.m. CST

    You just blamed Ben Stiller for your gayness.

    by thedottedlion

    He can not be held responsible.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Funny, Reality Bites worked the opposite for me

    by Freakemovie

    I rented it one night with my girlfriend, and I hated it (a classic story: dumbass jerk wins the girl over nice guy who's made out to be a villain because he has a job) but she really liked it and I'm pretty sure we hooked up that night.<br><br> Oh and yeah I think Massa got Gyllenhaal confused with the dude in the Satan's Alley preview.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Freakemovie

    by Laughing Irishman

    Pretty sure? YOu can't remember if you hooked up or not?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11 a.m. CST

    Seth Rogen

    by Garbageman33

    Name me a single funny thing he did in Pineapple Express. Red was great. Franco was good too. But Rogen killed it for me. I don't understand how he went from a guy who clearly had no time for Franco's character and felt like he was above him to suddenly calling him his best friend. That's where the movie fell apart for me. For as long as that damn thing was (enough with the 2-hour comedies, people) they didn't have a single scene that explained why we should buy them as best friends. Well, other than the fact they told us so a bunch of times.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST

    If you can remember hooking up in 1994

    by Garbageman33

    Clearly, you haven't hooked up enough.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Hooking up...

    by Laughing Irishman

    I remember ALL of my hookups. :) I'm only 30, loved hooking up and remember all of them. I've been married 8 years, so, I remember.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    4 Months?!

    by AssWhole

    Dated a chick for four months and STILL hadn't gotten a BJ? She probably dumped you because she was bored.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Have you considered the possibility you might be gay?

    by Garbageman33

    Maybe you need to stop blaming your lack of success with the ladies on Ben Stiller.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Any "retarded" synonym goes better with "gibbering"

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Gibbering and the mentally deficient are two great tastes that taste great together.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Owen Wilson was supposed to be in Tropic Thunder

    by Dapper Swindler

    But because of his personal problems, he was replaced by a guy who looks a little like him. You'll know who it is, no spoilers here.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Owen Wilson - Behind Enemy Lines - Darjeeling Unlimited

    by Laughing Irishman

    I enjoyed both of those movies. He needs to stay away from the Shtick and stick with good flicks. He's not bad as a whole. He's only as bad as he script.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST

    And The Ringer was the worst waste of a hook EVER

    by JackRabbitSlim

    The concept of someone pretending to be retarded to win events in the Special Olympics had the opportunity to be pure comedic gold. The near-celestial vision of a high hurdle 200 meter dash of the varying types of the mentally and physically lacking milked to its very last gleaming of crude hilarity could very well have left me dead of apoplexy. Sadly, it was not to be.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    tisk tisk people

    by Bouncy X

    you shouldnt see this because people on this site say its good, you should see it because YOU think it looks good. who cares if they pimp out all these movies, if you're making the decision to see or not see a movie based on that, you're just sad. APPLES!!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Bouncy

    by Laughing Irishman

    Amen to that. With that said, I want to read about scoops and who's making what, who's in what, and what not. Reviews are just that, reviews.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Reviews are fine

    by Bouncy X

    nothing wrong with reviews, i enjoy reading them but i never have and never will make a decision based on them. its nice seeing what others think but if i was planning to see a movie, even if it gets terrible reviews i will still go see it. and same if its a movie i think looks stupid but all the reviews are good, i still wont go. that's all i'm saying, nothing wrong with movie sites like this and them doing whatever the hell they want to. just dont go making your movie viewing decisions based on anything but your opinion. thats what trailers and tv spots are for, to show you the movie so you can decide if you wanna see it. reviews are just entertainment. and on this website, they're actually a whole show sometimes with these lovely talkbacks. :P

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Cable Guy is misunderstood genius.

    by Lucasblows

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:46 a.m. CST

    wish bad reviews didnt keep me out of the theater for CableGuy a

    by George Newman

    I love those movies, but negative reviews kept me away. The comedy, that satire just clicked for me. I wish Dodgeball was given the same treatment as Zoolander. like Dodgeball was the biggest sport in the world.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Hey all you talk backers looking to spew some rage

    by The_Red_Knight

    Head over to CNN.com. Timothy Shriver wrote a whole commentary on why you shouldn't see this movie because it uses the "R" word. He's organizing protests and boycotts. Rather than bitching on the talk backs, lets do something constructive, I say we bitch at this retard. Whether you think this movie will be genius or if you think it'll be a big steaming pile, tell him that his reasoning for all this whining is ridiculous. GEEKS UNITE!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, Stiller sucks, I just wonder...

    by Kid Z

    ...why you, Massawyrm, didn't use any FUCKIN' APOSTROPHE'S in this whole goddamn review! Jesus Tapdancing Christ!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    September 2008...

    by Kid Z

    ...Massawyrm's wife files for divorce, cites emotional cruelty after being forced to attend Tropic Thunder with husband. (Well, that'd be MY luck, anyway. Hint: DO NOT take her to see this. Great movie, but Ben Stiller's put the evil eye on your ass, 'Wyrm.) (Oh, and use some fuckin' apostrophes!)

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    you NEVER go full retard

    by cyrent

    just sayin'

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Wait, Reality Bites sucked?

    by MattmanReturns

    I thought it was a great romantic comedy. And that's coming from someone who doesn't like romantic comedies very much. All the characters were very memorable and the acting was excellent, in my opinion.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Jake Gyllenhaal wasn't in the movie

    by Hagrid1

    At least not the press screening cut I saw... there was another superhero type cameo in the movie... but not the Prince of "I'm so cut" Persia...

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I always thought Cable Guy was way underrated

    by palooka_boy

    the thing is, I don't even think of it as a dark comedy. its just absurdly hilarious to me. I mean, yeah, its dark, but that's not what makes me laugh about it, I guess.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I don't know..

    by Aeghast

    ..I mean, I don't like a single thing this...............guy has done.. should I still see it..? I only liked his little performance on FRIENDS, heh..

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Worlds Biggest Cockblocker???

    by Dmann

    All i can say is? "you had me at GYMKATA"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Moive was funny

    by mefrog

    Better than Pineapple Express, though still not as hysterical as I wanted. Tom Cruise though... man... what a show stealer. I cracked up every time he popped up.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Look north, AICN

    by Wolfrankula

    Jay Baruchel was the lead actor in the recently released Canadian feature Just Buried. He used to live in my hood in Montreal and ate at my restaurant.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Apostrophe's and Gyllenhaal...

    by Massawyrm 1

    <p>The original review is FILLED with apostrophe's. been trying to work through it, but somwhere between me submitting my reviews and Merrick posting them, every last one of them is disappearing. It's a weird formatting thing that popped up suddenly that I'm trying to figure out.</p> <p>Gyllenhaal is not actually in the mvie. Someone is PLAYING Gyllenhaal (effectively) and I didn't want to spoil the joke like several sites spoiled another big cameo.</p>

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Apostrophes

    by DennisMM

    Massa, you submitting the files in a good, readable font like MS Word's Arial or Times New Roman? If you're using a Mac, try the Mac version of MS Office and do the same. I think it will fix the problem - if you're not already doing this. <br> <br> Stiller's greatest moments came when he was but a lad, in his Fox show. Get the set, laugh until you can't breathe while watching "Legends of Springsteen" and "The Pig Latin Lover."

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Ah, irony.

    by ByTor

    "Apostrophes" shouldn't have an apostrophe, ya know. You don't use apostrophes for plurals.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    DennisMM

    by Massawyrm 1

    <p>Using Word, actually. I've used the same template for my reviews for 4, maybe five years now. Always worked in the past.</p> <p>ByTor: ;) I thought it would be an hour before someone commented on that.</p>

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Unrelated to Punctuation

    by Pop_aristocrat

    Because this site has never been edited to a standard, printable, format. I don't know why you would ever expect it to be. <p> This movie did rock, though. Saw the midnight screening (sadly, pretty empty). RDJr. does steal the show, but it was pretty obvious from the get-go he would have the best lines given to him in the script; he really pushes the comedic envelope though. If you have an appreciation for zany humor (and some don't and shouldn't see this movie. We all have a spectrum) then it totally works as a commentary on Hollywood, and is a solid comedy all around. <br> This weekend, I totally encourage you to go full retard.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:15 p.m. CST

    You let a bad movie ruin a date?

    by Cash907

    Dude I took the hottest girl from work to see "50 First Dates" and still got some action afterwards. Sometimes you just gotta suck it up, smile while gazing into her pretty eyes and say, "yeah I thought it was good too," even as you feel yourself dying a little inside the moment the words leave your lips. That's life, suck it up Mas.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    was going to get pissy

    by SpawnofAchilles

    about jake g. spoiler, but thanks for clearing it up, now I will be trying to figure out who is playing him and that will be fun as opposed to spoilerish, I've decided for apatow comedies or any comedy i'm excited for I am avoiding pretty much all but the most general info including trailers during movies *hands over ears* "lalalalalalala" the less jokes seen the better it will be

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Spoiler Maybe

    by Laughing Irishman

    Is it a contrived wanna be Jake G role concerning Jarhead?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Massawyrm...FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!!!!!

    by Executor

    You don't take a girl out for steak on a first date! AND a movie. And THEN shoot pool. It was awkward because White Zombie girl was thinking, "I thought we were just going to go to his place and fuck, what's with all these gay activities?"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Even the most dedicated film geek has to lie about a shit movie

    by Jackie Boy

    I was dragged to fucking DATE MOVIE man. Motherfucking DATE MOVIE. I felt like I should have been fucking quarantined after being subject to such horrors, but a "it was cute I guess" got me some of the best ass I've ever had. Of course, I kept my dignity never talked to that bitch again.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Ben Stiller Show

    by ZooTrain

    September 27, 1991: I was a senior in high school, and I had just witnessed the near brilliance of a new sketch comedy show: The Ben Stiller Show. U2 performs at a bar mitzvah. A parody of the film "Cape Fear"..."Cape Munster." U2 does a breakfast cereal commercial, a pitch-perfect parody of all three incarnations of the videos for U2's "One." 13 episodes, and many laughs later, the show was canceled. It went on to win the Emmy the following year. Fast-forward to February 1994: Ben Stiller is directing a new film called Reality Bites. A film that, fourteen years later, is my most HATED film of all time. God, that film was a piece of shit. And yet, all these years later...I still enjoy Ben Stiller. Because I remember that he is capable of greatness. As far as Ben Stiller films go, that he didn't direct, let's not forget the criminally overlooked "Zero Effect." One of my favorite films of 1998.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Baruchel may not have his own movie...

    by Lenny Nero

    ...but he was the f'ing lead in Judd Apatow's brilliant TV show "Undeclared."

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:06 p.m. CST

    my girlfriend loves shit movies

    by mefrog

    This year alone I've had to endure 10000BC zohan the mummy 3 and journey 3D. They're all shitty. Every one of them. But I just grit my teeth and smile and still get action afterwards. There are some cases where dignity must be sacrificed.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Holy shit! Apostrophes!

    by Massawyrm 1

    It's...it's been so long old friend.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST

    10,000 BC

    by Laughing Irishman

    What was wrong with that movie? It was great popcorn fun.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:40 p.m. CST

    The Cable Guy is a brilliant comedy

    by mr teaspoon

    I hated it when I first saw it as well because it was marketed as the next Ace Ventura. Watch it with no expectations and it's fucking genius.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Cable Guy is unfairly hated

    by fastcars

    I wouldn't run out to buy it, but if it's on TV, I watch it. It holds up better than most 90's Jim Carrey movies.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Cable Guy is pure gold

    by r2hunter

    Cable Guy is under-rated, it's Jim Carey's best movie. But Superbad is over-rated. I liked Knocked Up (less so on repeated viewings) but Superbad disappointed. The cop sub-plot was so unreal and unfunny, it ruined the whole movie for me. And I think Hader's awesome.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Cable Guy love

    by vic twenty

    I've heard there are as many as 52 of us who liked that film. Let's find the rest!!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Cable Guy

    by Laughing Irishman

    I loved it. The Medieval Times scene is fucking brilliant.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Hot Rod Rules

    by r2hunter

    Am I the only one who thinks Hot Rod was damn funny? I caught that on DVD a month ago and laughed my anus off.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 3:34 p.m. CST

    mefrog

    by HoboCode

    Better those than Sex and the City or whatever RomCom tripe is out that week. But I know what you mean. I have to make sacrifices myself. My GF dragged me to see Get Smart and all I did was look at my watch.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Put me down on the cable guy love list

    by slappy jones

    great film.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4 p.m. CST

    You geeks disapoint me

    by The_Red_Knight

    See my original post. No one is on board.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Massa

    by DennisMM

    I figured it was more complicated than just your software, but these days people do go out and get new, free software of all via download, all that ... thought you might be running some unusual stuff. Good luck.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Reality Bites

    by DennisMM

    If it's your most hated film after 14 years, see more bad movies and wipe it from your lips, as they say. One thing I did like about "Reality Bites" is that at the end we know Winona Ryder is a moron. Because she has a wild, momentary passion for the man, she takes taking up with dickhead poet boy Ethan Hawke. He will fuck her, hang out for a while, then dump her without a glance behind him. He doesn't care. He will not care. Corporate asshole Ben Stiller, on the other hand, loves her. He can learn. He wants her to care for him. He wants to understand her. But she'd rather have the sullen, grunting Hawke, so Stiller dives into the corporate culture Ryder could have pulled him from. A promising guy turns into slime. Old story, fairly well told in truth, even if it is surrounded by piles of crap.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Red Knight

    by DennisMM

    No one is on board because it's a stupid waste of everyone's time. If you want to waste yours, go right ahead. The rest of us will keep talking movies.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4:24 p.m. CST

    It's not THAT good...

    by Cpt. Arnoldo

    the trailers at the beginning are fucking hysterical, and what follows is occasionally funny and a lot of 'hit-or-miss' jokes that miss quite often. But, seriously, SATAN'S ALLEY had me rolling.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4:25 p.m. CST

    wow - massawyrm straight?

    by JimmyJoe RedSky

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Red Knight

    by Dapper Swindler

    I've seen the movie, and it actually is offensive to retards. It literally makes fun of their handicap. The thing is, it's still fucking funny and people can just stand to be offended once in a while. Also, it's an R-Rated comedy. Retard avocates are worried about it causing bullying, but schoolyard bullies shouldn't be watching it right?<p> Also, it isn't offensive towards black people because it never makes fun of black people. It makes fun of actors.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Chalk me up as a Cable Guy lover

    by rhcp2sweet

    As someone above me said, the movie is absurdly funny and is my personal favorite Carrey comedy performance (Best performance overall is still Eternal Sunshine) My favorite scene is when they play porno password and Carrey turns Broderick's whole family against him.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Stiller is alright

    by fartedinthefaceofhollywood

    okay.....Reality Bites sucked, swallowed, and scraped....it reminded me of a even MORE annoying "MTVa Real World" except there was no random drinking and fucking to moderately entertain. Ben Stiller is just WAY too hit or miss in my opinion, thought he was great in Theres Something About Mary, the first Meet the Parents, and the Heartbreak Kid.....but movies like Next of Kin (small be REALLY shitty role), Night at the Museum, and Envy are pure 100% shit

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    "I've used the same template for my reviews..."

    by Iowa Snot Client

    You mean the Word template Harry sent you? The one with built in macros like "Insert lengthy blowjob anecdote" and "Insert detailed recap of day prior to actual screening"?

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Zero Effect was fantastic.

    by rbatty024

    And I'm not a fan of either Stiller or Bill Pullman. That movie was capable of pulling off just the right tone for the mystery, romance, and comedy without having each individual element step on the other two. It's a real shame that film doesn't get the recognition that it deserves. <p> I'm not a huge fan of Cable Guy (but I love the part in Medieval Times), but it was the first time I saw Jim Carrey try something new. Up until that point I thought he was a one trick pony. Even if you don't like that movie you have to give Carrey props for refusing to be pigeonholed.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I just can't make myself watch this

    by br1947

    The premise is great, RDJ is one of my favorite actors, Jack Black even looks good in this. But Stiller is in it, I just can't do it. God I hate Ben Stiller, I don't really know why. It's just an irrational random rage that appears anytime he's supposed to be funny.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 6:01 p.m. CST

    BFFF in Pineapple Express...

    by WhinyNegativeBitch

    ...Just watch Speed again. They explain it best in that. Bonding under fire.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I can Dere-lick my own balls, thank you very much.

    by mrfan

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:12 p.m. CST

    DenisMM

    by raw_bean

    ...recommending someone use *Word* when they're having text formatting issues with the web?!?<p>Word documents are crammed with weird, proprietary Microsoft formatting and almost certainly that's the source of the problem here. A plain text editor would be infinitely better, even just the built-in Windows wordpad or notepad would be better bets.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I really, really enjoyed the movie.

    by cinemixtape.com

    The only problem was that there were simply too many characters that I wanted to get to know better, and they just didn't have enough time. SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER than that overhyped P-O-S Pineapple Express.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Love Cable Guy

    by BillEmic

    "Everyone gets a little lonely sometimes." "Yeah, but I'm REALLY lonely!"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:37 p.m. CST

    NEILL CUMPSTON!!!

    by Leto III

    Where the fuck is Cumpston's review of this flick, Harry?!? You know it's right the fuck up his alley -- I'm dying inside every second that passes where I don't get to read it.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I love movies that Stiller directs.

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    they've been pretty good.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Saw TROPIC THUNDER

    by JonQuixote

    1) Ben Stiller and Matt McConaughey should have switched roles. 2) Robert Downey Jr. should be in everything. 3) This movie really needed to go "full retard." Shockingly safe. The Hollywood riffs & actor parody stuff was gold, but almost everything to do with the 'plot' was miserable. Stuff like the scene with Steve Coogan at the helicopter lz? The movie needed 6-10 more scenes like that, preferably over top of the scenes where they're marching in the jungle wondering if it's real or a movie. But it was funny enough that I could dig it. It's no CABLE GUY though.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Neil Clumpson's Review

    by Ko-Dan_Mothership

    "The movie was like 12 cocks jizzing simultaneously into my diaphram. I laughed so hard my boner actually grew a second mini boner, which then orgasmed so hard, it blew the zipper off of my blue jeans and hit some asshole sitting in the front row, scalping him like a fucking tomahawk. Jizz! Balls! Fucking Fuck Fuck!!"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Retards unite

    by bat fastard

    My sister has down syndrome, and she would fuckin love this movie (if she could just stop smearing her shit on the walls). Oddly enough she did find reality bites to be a bit pretentious.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Damn.

    by mrfan

    Never had a mini boner.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Cable Guy is is an awesome black comedy.

    by Spacker Dave

    And who knew there were so many Zero Effect fans? I always thought we were a minority. Share the love people!

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Caaaaaaaable Guuuuuyyy!

    by AssWhole

    Hilarious film that fell victim to the negative press surrounding Carrey's then-record breaking $20 million paycheck. My girlfriend (now wife) and I saw it opening day and laughed our asses off. Consistent comedic set pieces throughout including those already mentioned (porno password, Medieval Times, etc.) plus that goofy/crazy dream sequence with the Carrey-Hulk hybrid lumbering after poor Matthew Broderick, and, my favorite, the basketball sequence. That Carrey warm-up stuff took us off guard and had us rolling. Now that I think of it...hmmm...yep, I got laid after we watched it. No Stiller curse here.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:12 p.m. CST

    CABLE GUYS FANS UNITED

    by Stifler's Mom

    one of the most underrated comedies of all time

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Tom Cruise in this movie

    by BillEmic

    For those who have seen it: didn't Tom Cruise steal this movie? Honestly, his part was a bit over-hyped, but that one scene where he totally rips into the "Flaming Tiger" over the phone had me in stitches. "We are talking SCORCHED EARTH, motherfucker!"

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:39 p.m. CST

    I'm sorry, but this was very disappointing... and "Year One"

    by GravitysRainbow

    I actually laughed the most for the "trailers" before the film. This, as well as Pineapple Express, had too much hype going for it. Anyone know when "Year One" is coming out? I guess that's the next big comedy to look forward to.

  • Aug. 13, 2008, 11:43 p.m. CST

    oh, and the Cruise cameo

    by GravitysRainbow

    The majority of his lines fell flat at the showing I was at. It was painful.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Ben Stiller's funniest movie...NEXT OF KIN

    by thelordofhell

    When he played that mob boss's son and got killed halfway through the movie...BWAAAHAAHAAAAA!! God damn that was Hi-fuckin-larious!! The only time I laughed harder at a movie is when I saw Steven Seagal in "Executive Decision" HAHAHAHAHAAAA.....Oh my stomach, it hurts, it hurts......

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Reality Bites is a good movie...

    by depalma25

    for college students I guess. I really enjoyed it at the time. There were some truths about life after college

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:36 a.m. CST

    MASSA YOU TOSSA

    by mynemaborat

    does the guy actually know how to review or does he just repeat over and over that he loves a movie, or he hates it?? he doesn't seem to think you need to justify or explain your feelings, you can just keep raving on endlessly saying the same thing in a variety of immature and embarrasing ways that no doubt sound cool to a nerd who thinks he has blossomed into some sort of cool, womanising man... he is massawyrm! god among men!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:37 a.m. CST

    but seriously

    by mynemaborat

    i'm sick of reading about massa fingerbangin his highschool sweetheart or some girl who promises him a blowjob... obviously total lies... just get over it aie

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:39 a.m. CST

    The ultimate satire for movie geeks!

    by ChrisPC24

    This movie was spot on. Jay Baruchel's character started discussing HD DVD and Blu-ray at one point!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:41 a.m. CST

    What Merrick is probably doing wrong

    by comedian_x

    is he's copying the text right from the Word document into the HTML. He needs to save as plain text first then copy it over the HTML. Word text adds style guides that are invisible but can get pasted into the site where they will be unreadable.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Laugh a minute

    by Mace Tofu

    there may of been more but I was laughing and may of missed a few. This thing had this flick had more laughs before the title than recent comedies had total. My only complaint was Jack Black should of stuck his face in devils tower and gone apeshit crazy. They seemed to be building towards that in that scene. Tom was scary. This will be a keeper on DVD : ) Went to the midnight show last night and not a big crowd turnout at all so I hope word gets out because this was comedy gold.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST

    cable guy

    by Prossor

    definitely an underrated movie. jim carrey played a creepy psycho very well.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Night at the Museum was fucking hilarious..

    by Jugs

    ...if you went in not expecting much. Good chuckles worth, there.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    The green eyed girl didn't keep her end of the bargain

    by Dingbatty

    because she forgot to bring her microscope and tweezers.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Memories-of-Muder, firstly don't you dare accuse me

    by Jugs

    ..of buying 'fod' again.That is below the belt..me a 'fod' buyer? Really! Secondly, when I say 'not expect much' I mean don't expect the film to tax your brain, or have a deep and meaningful message. I do expect a film to entertain me, and that's why I went to see the film, that's what I paid for and that's what I got. So...it leaves me to say..wind your neck in and insert your foot in mouth before commenting next time.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST

    ..and next time I will remember to insert an R

    by Jugs

    ...

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 6:44 a.m. CST

    The only Stiller movie I like is Dodgeball

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    and that's because of the ensemble of characters. Dodgeball is great. Zoolander was okay. I really don't like any of his other movies, I don't know why. I watch maybe 15 minutes and then change the channel. Maybe there's a good one I've missed. I've never seen Night at the museum, but we'll see.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Tropic Thunder was fucking hilarious.

    by knowthyself

    Man I can't wait to see it again.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I too have Stiller issues

    by the power of GREYSKULL

    It's not like his movies are shit. It's like... you can look at them and intellectually see WHY they should be funny - where the humour is meant to be derived... <p> But they just never made me laugh before - ever. <p> So when I saw the trailer for this (not the TV spot, in which it still looks like a POS) I found myself actually CRAKING UP with laughter! I think he may have finally got to funny with this one!

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:36 a.m. CST

    DennisMM

    by The_Red_Knight

    Are You Fucking Serious! "No one is on board because it's a stupid waste of everyone's time. If you want to waste yours, go right ahead. The rest of us will keep talking movies." Because sitting in your moms basement talking about movies ISN'T a waste of time? YOU are retarded! That's half the point of the talk backs. To share your oppinions, AND WASTE TIME.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    movie was really funny HOWEVER

    by JBouganim1

    <p>just like the past few recent comedies, the movie itself could have been better. Obviously throwing Stiller, Downey Jr., Black and a slew of other actors, we will have a bunch of funny lines.</p> <p> Same thing with Step Brothers and Pineapple Express. Both movies have great actors in it who deliver a nice amount of funny shit but the overall movie itself blows. </p> <p> However, I did like Tropic Thunder out of the three even though they are different types of comedy </P> <p> And Cruise was great up until the parts where he danced. I dont get what the deal with that was? Loved how Stiller was basically playing Cruise's character the whole movie. Scorched 1,2,3 (Mission Impossible)</p>

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Wasn't that good

    by Drunken Rage

    Very uneven script, bad casting, some bits went on waaaay too long (Tom Cruise dancing), just wasn't very funny. Was very disappointed. At this point, I'm not certain I trust anything with Stiller's name on it.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Reality Bites Because Reality Bites

    by Captain Papercut

    Here's the thing: I saw Reality Bites again for the first time in 15ish years, and was struck by a few things: Back then, Stiller's character was supposed to be the biggest jerk ever, but now he's the only person in the movie I can tolerate. Didn't expect that. And it's astounding to me how terrible the re-editing of Winnona's documentaries was supposed to be, when nowadays EVERY SINGLE REALITY SHOW looks exactly like it. Choppy cuts, stupid graphics and one-second snippets of songs. So did Ben show us the future with this movie, or did he invent a new style of documentary that everyone copied? He loses points for letting U2 do his work for him by playing "All I Want Is You" as the resolution to the movie, even though I never felt that song made sense. He gains a couple points back by using World Party for the soundtrack, though.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I always like Stiller when he is a part of an ensemble.

    by mrfan

    He does play off other actors better than if he is doing it solo.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    i try to avoid movies with messages

    by maluquiro

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    MOM, I find it hard to believe he's not into

    by necgray

    being made fun of. Have you seen his episode of Extras? The end of that episode in particular rips Stiller a new one, and he seems to be having a good time doing it.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:44 p.m. CST

    i try to avoid movies with messages

    by maluquiro

    or important stuff to say.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    a little flat

    by necgray

    I caught the movie yesterday and honestly thought the jokes got old 3/4 of the way in. I mean, how many variations on "Actors are vain idiots" do we really need? I preferred Pineapple Express. Interestingly, both films featured Danny McBride and I'm pretty sure I don't like him. I'd have to see The Foot Fist Way to confirm it, but I think his ad-libs are transparent and in most cases trying WAY too hard.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:46 p.m. CST

    sorry for the double post

    by maluquiro

    i don't get the pineapple express hate. i loved that movie. <p> tropic thunder on the other hand was okay. some parts were really funny, some were just trying to hard.<p> i don't really get ben stiller's humor i guess. it's too obvious.<p> i'm not trying to sound like a movie snob, one of my favorite movies is hot rod, like the dude that posted above me.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 1:48 p.m. CST

    danny mcbride

    by maluquiro

    is also in hot rod. i didn't really like him until pineapple express. when he appeared on the screen in tropic thunder, the audience cheered.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST

    McBride's ad-libbing problem

    by necgray

    Maybe it's because he's not the main character. Maybe it would work better in Foot Fist Way. My problem with his ad-libs are that they're often too far afield. They don't seem to directly connect to the lines that come before them. They're almost non-sequitirs. And that's just bad form. In Pineapple Express it happened a few times where he obviously ad-libbed something and then Seth and Franco had to play along. In just about every case it had NOTHING to do with what was going on in the scene. So it's off-topic and he's not one of the leads. I didn't care for it. Ferrell is guilty of this once in a while, too, but I don't get that same "forced" vibe that McBride throws off and generally Ferrell is the lead.

  • Aug. 14, 2008, 2:38 p.m. CST

    i want to be inside of you

    by maluquiro

    i could never tell whether mcbride's character in pineapple express was supposed to be gay or not.