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Tropic Thunder

14 August 2008 1:35 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It's easy to forget the clever, absurdist Ben Stiller behind The Ben Stiller Show, especially since the mugging dumbshow Ben Stiller of Meet The Parents is generally much more visible. Stiller's performance is easily the weakest element of Tropic Thunder: Like his Zoolander character, he only has a handful of exaggerated expressions, and he cycles through them on cue. But it's easy to forgive him, given how thoroughly enjoyable Tropic Thunder is on virtually every other count. Where Stiller the actor seems outmatched by the more expressive talents on display, Stiller the co-writer and director contributes a lively, layered comedy packed with cheap but hilarious goofs on Hollywood, from fake trailers for horrible (yet strangely familiar) movies to roman à clef parodies of Hollywood personalities to actors and celebrities outright mocking themselves. The story centers on a big Hollywood war movie on its way down the tubes. It's "a. »

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Movie Review: Tropic Thunder

12 August 2008 9:10 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Aug 13, 2008 Tropic Thunder is star/co-writer/director Ben Stiller's big middle finger to the critics who have noted that his career trajectory has turned pretty lame since he started doing family-friendly, lowest-common-denominator fare like Meet the Fockers and Night at the Museum. Sure, they made Ben billions, but where was the daring performer from The Ben Stiller Show, There's Something About Mary, or even the reckless dude who made The Cable Guy? He's back in Tropic Thunder, the most daringly un-pc, in-your-face film that Hollywood has produced since Team America: World Police and a solid third hit ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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Top 7 Ben Stiller films

12 August 2008 2:21 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10. Ben Stiller's been through a lot. I'm not saying he's had a rough life, after all he's married to Christine Taylor and he's got comedy in his blood (son of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara). At first it seemed Stiller was destined to go unnoticed. Nobody watched "The Ben Stiller Show" on Fox. But then along came Reality Bites. Now he is one of Hollywood's elite, and Tropic Thunder should only add to that. Complete with fake trailers, and two big performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise, the man continues to prove he can act and direct. When I first thought about a Top 7 list for Stiller, I imagined it would be tough, especially since I wasn't going to allow »

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