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At Theaters: 8/13/2008 On Video: 11/18/2008
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 47 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 509994
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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Storyline Heading
Tugg Speedman and a group of celebrity co-stars go to Southeast Asia to make a war film. They find themselves having to fight their way out in order to survive.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Stiller THE HEARTBREAK KID, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
Jack Black KUNG FU PANDA, BE KIND REWIND
Robert Downey Jr. IRON MAN, ZODIAC, A SCANNER DARKLY, THE SHAGGY DOG
Brandon T. Jackson ROLL BOUNCE
Jay Baruchel KNOCKED UP
Danny McBride DRILLBIT TAYLOR, THE HEARTBREAK KID
Steve Coogan AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS, 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE
Bill Hader FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, SUPERBAD, HOT ROD
Nick Nolte THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES, PEACEFUL WARRIOR
Director: Ben Stiller ZOOLANDER, THE CABLE GUY
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Production Notes Heading
The Cast
From Concept To Creation
About The Production
Making The Battle Scenes Believable
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words, over 30 S-words, 12 GD's, many others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, beatings, and killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, heroin.
ACTION: Explosions, combat, chases, fights.
COMEDY: Wisecracks, silly slapstick, gay and race humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 160 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
31
Very High
90%
13-19Teens (F)
14
High
86%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
18
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
43
High
93%
30+Adults (F)
40
Fairly High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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