Action Comedy - This is a send-up of Hollywood and war movies aimed at a young adult
audience, particularly males. There are gags about drugs, race, and
some drug humor, and there's also a fair amount of violence and harsh
language, so parents be warned.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good 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.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good It's the kind of summer comedy that rolls in, makes a lot of people laugh and rolls on to video.
USA TodayFull Review Good There are some wildly funny scenes, a few leaden ones and others that are scattershot, with humorous satire undercut by over-the-top grisliness. Still, when it's funny, it's really funny.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 160 moviegoers:
TEENS:GREAT REVIEWS from the guys! Half gave it the highest possible rating. A somewhat small percentage rated it average and below average with a few rating it very low. Very Highly Recommended! The ladies rated it nearly as high on the upper end of the reviews, but quite a few of their reviews are in the good/average to below average range. For this male targeted movie I would say these are actually very good reviews from the ladies. Recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS from both males and females! Most loved it with just a few rating it "Good/Average." Highly Recommended!
ADULTS:About half, both males and females, enjoyed "Tropic Thunder" very much, rating it "Very Good," or higher. Fortunately, most of the remaining reviews are "Good/Average," which is decent. Only a small percentage rated it "Fair" (below average). Recommended, but not highly. If you're not real sure about this movie, a matinee might be your best bet.
Pampered action superstar Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) is cast in the biggest, most expensive war movie ever produced. He sets out to Southeast Asia with a "Who's Who" of celebrity co-stars. They include Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an intense, three-time Oscar-winning actor; Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), star of the popular gross-out comedy franchise "The Fatties"; multi-platinum hip-hop-star-turned-entrepreneur-turned-actor Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson); and first-timer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel). Soon after the production begins the actors are thrown into a real-life situatio and are forced to become the fighting unit they're portraying, in order to find a way out of the jungle in one piece.