Tropic Thunder movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Tropic Thunder is silly, stupid, offensive and awesomely funny, but is for mature teens. There’s plenty of language and violent action in this comedy. It’s a hilarious parody.


A group of film actors shooting an expensive blockbuster war movie must become the characters they’re portraying when things get out of hand.

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Movie details

Director: Ben Stiller
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader, Tom Cruise
Writer: Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Etan Cohen
Release Date (Australia): 21 August 2008
Runtime: 107 minutes/1h 47m
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: USA, UK, Germany
Language: English, Mandarin


Themes (M)

The film includes crude humour throughout and themes relating to crude depictions of a mentally disabled man.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains several scenes that feature comedic violence in the form of gory depictions of injury detail, shootings and a man exploding after stepping on a landmine.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features frequent use of the word “f**k”, as well as uses of words such as “s**t”, “ass”, “damn” and “p***y”.

Drug Use (M)

The film contains crude references to the use of heroin.

Sex (M)

The film features crude sexual references including verbal references to oral sex, masturbation and sexual acts.

mpaa rating

R (for pervasive language including sexual references, violent content and drug material)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Tropic Thunder directly mocks and abuses the Vietnam war movie genre with an insanely hilarious and offensive parody with elements digging straight towards controversy. Well, at least most of it is meant to be for comedic parody purposes. At times, it’s also a realistic depiction of Hollywood filmmaking, but the silliness is the greatest feature.

Ben Stiller would definitely be Tropic Thunder’s main star. He directed, co-wrote and showed up in the film as just one of the extremely silly actor-characters. He’s an actor who plays a soldier in a war movie and is also done with filming as the retarded “Simple Jack”. Robert Downey Jr. is hilariously unrecognisable in his controversial black role and we see some of the best of Tom Cruise as Les Grossman.

Despite how funny of a parody Tropic Thunder is, it’s definitely accurate when some of the reviews point out the shortage of appeal and energy sparking up the final action sequences towards the end. The entire first hour is unquestionably perfect; it’ll appeal to teens and adults simply with idiotic-stupid humour. The majority of hysterical moments are shocking and come without boring warning.

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