Tropic Thunder (R-Rated Widescreen)

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Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. lead an ensemble cast in Tropic Thunder, an action comedy about a group of self-absorbed actors who set out to make the most expensive war film. After ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they enoucter real bad guys.

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Studio Paramount
SKU 209871961
UPC 097363501541
UPC 14 00097363501541
Format DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
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Widescreen  2.35:1
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Just when it was starting to look like the concept of a "funny comedy" has gone out of vogue, along comes Pineapple Express and its cinematic cousin, Tropic Thunder. The latter film, which has emerged from the warped mind of Ben Stiller, is a little nastier than the former, but no less hilarious. With a cast that many movies would die for, Tropic Thunder takes no prisoners. It treks into taboo areas and emerges mostly unscathed. The film isn't perfect - it's a little too long and some scenes aren't as funny as the filmmakers think they are - but in an environment where things like The Love Guru and Step Brothers pass for worthwhile entertainment, Tropic Thunder puts a lot of comedy pretenders to shame...Tropic Thunder opens brilliantly, with a fake soda commercial and a few real-seeming trailers that will have half the audience unsure whether the movie has begun. The actual movie isn't on par with this prologue material, but it doesn't have to be. It's good enough to get laughs and the flaws aren't bigger than the stuff that works. Stiller shows no fear and throws in copious pop culture references that range from Star Trek (a clip from the episode "Arena") to Close Encounters (a mound of heroin that looks like Devil's Tower) to 'N Sync. Tropic Thunder understands movies, understands the system in which they are created and, most of all, knows what it takes to make an audience roar with laughter.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The documentary "Hearts of Darkness" is about the struggles of filming the great Vietnam war movie "Apocalypse Now." Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder" plays like that doc's nightmare. A troupe of actors, under the impression they're making a Vietnam war movie, wanders dangerously in the jungle and is captured by a gang of druglords who think the actors are narcs...The movie is a send-up of Hollywood, actors, acting, agents, directors, writers, rappers, trailers and egos, much enhanced by several cameo roles, the best of which I will not even mention. You'll know the one, although you may have to wait for the credits to figure it out...All but stealing the show, Robert Downey Jr. is not merely funny but also very good and sometimes even subtle as Kirk Lazarus, an Australian actor who has won five Oscars and has surgically dyed his skin to transform himself into a black man. So committed is he to this role that he remains in character at all times, seemingly convinced that he is actually black...The movie is, may I say, considerably better than Stiller's previous film, "Zoolander" (2001). It's the kind of summer comedy that rolls in, makes a lot of people laugh and rolls on to video. It's been a good summer for that; look at "Pineapple Express." When it's all over, you'll probably have the fondest memories of Robert Downey Jr.'s work. It's been a good year for him, this one coming after "Iron Man." He's back, big time.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Rated R, Theatrical Version, No Longer Produced
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Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post ...a rude, crude, over-the-top satire about rude, crude, over-the-top action movies...[that is] ambitious and surprisingly effective...
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Seldom does an ensemble comedy not contain a single weak character or performance as does this one.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly It's raunchy, outspoken -- and also a smart and agile dissection of art, fame, and the chutzpah of big-budget productions.
Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle The movie is laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts hilarious.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A knockout of a comedy that keeps you laughing constantly. It's also killer smart, lacing combustible action with explosive gags.

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