Action movie star Tugg Speedman is on the downslide of his professional career. He wants to be considered a serious actor, but his latest serious role as the title character in "Simple Jack" resulted in negative reviews and ridicule. Comedian Jeff Portnoy is best known for his leading roles in sophomoric comedies, and may be less well known for his rampant drug use. Five time Oscar winner Kirk Lazarus is a serious method actor, who immerses himself in whatever the role. On location in southeast Vietnam, they are the stars of "Tropic Thunder", based on Vietnam war veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoirs of his rescue during the war, that rescue which was considered a near suicide mission for the assigned army force and resulted in him losing both hands. For his role, Caucasian Australian Lazarus even went through a controversial surgical skin dying procedure so that he could convincingly play a black man. Production is not going well since rookie director Damien Cockburn is unable to ...Written by
Dale Dye acted as a military advisor on this film, as he had done on Platoon (1986), one of the movies spoofed in it. Ben Stiller asked Dye beforehand if he didn't have reservations about working on a film that effectively satirizes his livelihood. This amused Dye, who told Stiller that despite his serious reputation, he is a broad lover of comedy, and has no problems with veterans being made fun of, as most of them will actually resort to dark comedy in tense situations. As such, Dye relished the opportunity to work on a comedy, as long as it wouldn't portray military people doing things that they would never do under any circumstance. See more »
In the opening sequence, the three Hueys are clearly not carrying any passengers nor do they have door guns mounted,or rocket pods. But, as they approach the LZ, all have door guns mounted with gunners, and first one, then all then helicopters have external rocket pods. See more »
You can't be serious?
You kick in the door to my house all ants in your pants, sucking my left nut to get a TiVo scrap for the 3rd runner-up "sexiest man alive" 1998... And you're asking if I'm SERIOUS?
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Tom Cruise (as Les) dances and the end credits start. Scenes from the movie are mixed in. See more »
Tugg Speedman spitting multiple times at Byong (Reggie Lee) isn't on the region 4 (Australia/New Zealand) DVD. Also Robert Downey Jr's monologue about actors going full retard is slightly edited. The region 4 DVD for some reason doesn't include the line referring to Peter Sellers in Being There. See more »
I saw this movie in theaters and fell in love with it. I've seen it many times throughout the years and have noticed most people either don't know or don't care for this film. After rewatching it yesterday, I just had to write about it.
The casting was incredible in my opinion. People think of Ocean's Eleven or The Departed as movies with dream casts. I think Tropic Thunder holds its own. Tom Cruise and Matthew McConaughey are solid minor/supporting characters. I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise, but I find myself quoting all of his Les Grossman lines consistently. Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader and Danny McBride are great additions. Jay Baruchel is his usual self, Brandon T Jackson was a solid part of the mix and the three main leads really deliver. Special mention to RDJ, by far my favorite performance. It's ridiculous how many layers there are to his character. At some point he's an Australian actor playing a Black guy playing an Asian farmer.
Almost every single scene has a quotable line. The action is very well done and the story's so wonderfully over the top.
I think the biggest win is how well it has aged in my opinion. Movies like The Hangover were really funny when they came out, but I find there's no replay value. The jokes don't work well the second time around. The same goes for something like Deadpool. On the other hand, films like Borat, Anchorman and Tropic Thunder still make me laugh regardless of how many times I've seen it.
I wish Ben Stiller would go back to doing stuff like this. A Les Grossman sequel would've been absolutely incredible!
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