Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

DVD - 2008
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When three of Hollywood's biggest stars head into the jungles of Vietnam to shoot a war movie they have no idea how real things can get. They are dropped off with in the middle of the jungle and told by the director that he's going to use hidden cameras "guerrilla-style" to capture real fear as they survive the jungle. The actors are only given a map and a scene listing to guide them to the helicopter waiting at the end of the jungle. Just as he walks away, Cockburn is blown to pieces by an old landmine. Unbeknownst to the actors, they were dropped in the middle of the Golden Triangle, the home of the heroin-producing Flaming Dragon gang.
Publisher: Paramount Home Entertainment (Australasia), [Australia] : 2008
Branch Call Number: DVD TROP
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 102 min.)

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shlby69m
Aug 29, 2018

Hilarious, every minute something is happening so if you can't follow small details to get jokes you'll probably be lost. True to a lot of vets stories that say they got " dropped in" and had to learn on the fly. Somehow this movie puts the humor in that.

This is not your average Vietnam War movie. It's quite bonkers. Actually, it's nuts quite often. And that's a good thing. Surprisingly fun, wacky, and (at times) deep. Then it goes off the deep end. Watch this movie with friends in the old Man Cave with chicken wings, pizza, and a bunch of brews on ice.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 05, 2018

This controversial and absurd action film follows the making of a war movie full of crazy actors. After filming goes horribly, the actors are forced to go out into Vietnam by themselves in order to get a more authentic feel. Quickly, these men find themselves in the middle of an actual war zone after missing many important clues. This film is hilarious yet unbelievable as it plays on many stereotypes and mocks hollywood as a whole. The movie is both genuinely bad and hilariously awful, which makes it so enjoyable to watch. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Good cast, thought it should have been better though.

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lukasevansherman
Jul 25, 2017

"Me? I know who I am. I'm the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude."

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JihadiConservative
Feb 21, 2017

Unfunny and lame comedy is a waste of a good cast.

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publicenemy46
Jun 07, 2016

Havn't seen this movie in awhile its kinda funny how technology has change over the years.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

Things are not going well on the jungle set of Tropic Thunder, a big budget Viet Nam epic based on the wartime memoirs of gruff and reclusive Sgt. “Four Leaf” Tayback. Not only does the director have to contend with technical screw-ups but he also finds himself playing nursemaid to a cast of Hollywood prima donnas; among them a heroin-snorting party animal (Jack Black, true to form), a semi-talented rap star, a fussy leading man (Ben Stiller, surprisingly un-annoying), and a faded Aussie matinee idol who underwent “racial reassignment” surgery in order to play a tough, jive-talking brother (Robert Downey Jr. in what should have been an Oscar-winning performance). At his wits’ end the director takes Tayback’s advice and dumps the actors in the middle of a nearby rain forest with instructions to find their way back to base camp while staying in character. Armed only with prop weapons and a map, the men ham it up as best they can while hidden cameras record their every move and surprise pyrotechnics keep them off guard. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to cast and crew, this particular rainforest is run by a ruthless drug cartel and their diminutive warlord who mistake the bumbling performers for an invading American army. Filled with hilarious celebrity cameos and an acerbic humour that harpoons everything from Tinseltown politics to cliché-riddled American war movies, Stiller’s film is a perfect blend of in-your-face comedy and pitch black satire. Glorious widescreen shots drenched in tropical colours, and expertly choreographed action sequences call to mind the meticulous camerawork of Platoon or Apocalypse Now, but this is more skewering than homage. Stiller concentrates on the darker side of celebrity, the lies and illusions one maintains pursuing that Hollywood dream of money and prestige; as the crew suddenly find themselves struggling with a variety of identity crises, a talent agent back in Los Angeles considers entering into a faustian bargain with a ruthless producer. And throughout it all the cameras keep rolling right up to the satisfyingly ironic ending. This territory has been covered many time before though never with such riotous excess; it may not be art, exactly, but rarely have two hours flown by so fast.

hania4987 Mar 03, 2014

well-done satire about the movie industry and filming on location ... some of the comedy was over the top. I know there was a lot of inside baseball stuff and I don't know all the movies they were spoofing but Stiller and Downey Jr were great.

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jvanderg
Aug 11, 2013

Would have scored this movie higher if not for Jack Black. He is far too distasteful and not funny. Great performances by Stiller and Downey Jr.

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Aug 08, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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reginator_22
Jan 22, 2018

Kirk Lazarus: I know who I am. I'm the dude playin' the dude, disguised as another dude!

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bdls206
Aug 08, 2011

Kirk Lazarus: Same thing happened to me when I played Neil Armstrong in Moonshot. They found me in an alley in Burbank trying to re-enter the earth's atmosphere in an old refrigerator box.

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Tugg Speedman: This is insane. Are you really going to abandon this movie? We're supposed to be a unit!
Kirk Lazarus: Suck my unit.

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friedikins
Jan 16, 2010

"I don't read the scripts. The scripts read me."

~Lincoln Osiris

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bdls206
Aug 07, 2011

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

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