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Review: Tropic Thunder

Apr. 10, 2008by: JoBlo

A trusted source very close to our site was able to catch an early screening of TROPIC THUNDER last night (release date: August 15, 2008) and here are his thoughts on the film starring Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., among many others...

Yo guys,

So I caught an advance screening of Tropic Thunder last night, in NYC, and it was quite the experience. I walked into the theatre lobby and there's Ben Stiller standing right there. The theatre was packed because Paramount wanted 'regular' people to see it with the critics. Stiller introduced the film and said that his dad, Frank Costanza aka Jerry Stiller was in the audience. I saw him and Phillip Seymour Hoffman after the screening. Still said that it was an unfinished version and that there were some effects shots that needed to be polished up, so some of the stuff looked liked like a GTA game.

Anyway, to the movie. First and foremost, I have to say this: There is a major star (uncredited and unadvertised by the studio) whose performance as a psychotic studio exec is a near-legendary performance in this actor's long and famous career. He steals the show, easily. This isn't just a cameo. He's basically the villain. At the end of the movie, when the credits came up, an individual screenshot for each actor, this actor's name and pic got the biggest ovation by far, and it was a really nice moment.

I don't know what else to say without spoiling too much, but Downey's performance is also a show-stealer, and the surprising anchor of this movie is Jay Baruchel's character, the only sane one was the bunch. Jack Black is hilarious, as are Nick Nolte and of course Stiller. Matthew McConaughey, in what was supposed to be Owen Wilson's role, also plays a major part in this movie and is perfect as Stiller's agent. The movie is a satire on Hollywood and has a lot of in jokes and great bits. It's at a gag-per-second pace.

This movie will play huge when it opens in August, that's for sure, and it's also the most foul-mouthed comedy I've seen in a long time, if not ever. Lots and lots and lots of F-bombs. I don't know how people will review this movie without mentioning who the above-mentioned actor is, but they shouldn't, because I heard genuine surprise followed by glee when people realized who it was under that beard and bald cap. He appears pretty early on so its not a massive surprise, but it's a nice treat, for sure.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:33AM on 04/12/2008
I thought it was a common knowledge that Cruise was in this movie?
I thought it was a common knowledge that Cruise was in this movie?
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11:04PM on 04/11/2008
Fordie u are wrong, I think Joblo posted a picture of a fat bald headed Tom Cruise months ago, so its not that much of a secret. Here´s the pic:
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Fordie u are wrong, I think Joblo posted a picture of a fat bald headed Tom Cruise months ago, so its not that much of a secret. Here´s the pic:
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9:27PM on 04/11/2008
Well, at least it's not Will Ferrell.

But seriously...the guy goes on and on about how keeping it a secret should be crucial and some guy feels it necessary to just post it? There was seriously no point in that, man.
Well, at least it's not Will Ferrell.

But seriously...the guy goes on and on about how keeping it a secret should be crucial and some guy feels it necessary to just post it? There was seriously no point in that, man.
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9:20AM on 04/11/2008

Justinvsky you're a sausage lover!

For fucks sake, just keep your mouth shut. Pfft, Joblo did a great job of making people excited about who it is, without saying anything, and then you shite on that.
For fucks sake, just keep your mouth shut. Pfft, Joblo did a great job of making people excited about who it is, without saying anything, and then you shite on that.
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3:20AM on 04/11/2008

It's Official...

Screw Geriatric Jones 4, screw Rusted Iron Man, THIS IS THE MOVIE TO BEAT FOR THE SUMMER.

Furthermore, I seriously hope Stiller reconsiders that August release date and move it up a bit to like the 3rd week of Jul, um...wait a sec...almost spoke a little TDK blasphemy there.
Screw Geriatric Jones 4, screw Rusted Iron Man, THIS IS THE MOVIE TO BEAT FOR THE SUMMER.

Furthermore, I seriously hope Stiller reconsiders that August release date and move it up a bit to like the 3rd week of Jul, um...wait a sec...almost spoke a little TDK blasphemy there.
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12:51AM on 04/11/2008

I know who it is SPOILER WARNING!!!!

I can can can cannot WAIT for this movie. The main reason is to see a certain man behind that fat suit and bald head, and that man is the one the only TOM CRUISE BABY!!!! I love the Cruise and it's going to be a fantastico movie!!!!
I can can can cannot WAIT for this movie. The main reason is to see a certain man behind that fat suit and bald head, and that man is the one the only TOM CRUISE BABY!!!! I love the Cruise and it's going to be a fantastico movie!!!!
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12:51AM on 04/11/2008
Owen Wilson? now that would be funny
Owen Wilson? now that would be funny
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11:36PM on 04/10/2008
If the actor-in-question is Will Ferrell I'm going to be pissed.
If the actor-in-question is Will Ferrell I'm going to be pissed.
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6:27PM on 04/10/2008

I agree with this Review

I've actually seen it twice through Test Screenings and I gotta agree with the above Review. Really funny movie.
I've actually seen it twice through Test Screenings and I gotta agree with the above Review. Really funny movie.
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6:03PM on 04/10/2008

oh, shit.

I am stupid for reading this and getting a spoiler, but I also read the intro to see if there WOULD be spoilers. Darnit. I kinda would have preferred to be surprised by the "bald headed" cameo.

If this is already common knowledge, then my bad. I've honestly been doing my best to avoid most news about this movie because I am excited enough by the preview alone.
I just thought "oh, a quick review here. Might get a vibe for the fun to be had, or see if someone out there hated it." Oh
I am stupid for reading this and getting a spoiler, but I also read the intro to see if there WOULD be spoilers. Darnit. I kinda would have preferred to be surprised by the "bald headed" cameo.

If this is already common knowledge, then my bad. I've honestly been doing my best to avoid most news about this movie because I am excited enough by the preview alone.
I just thought "oh, a quick review here. Might get a vibe for the fun to be had, or see if someone out there hated it." Oh well. It's not a BIG deal.
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3:45PM on 04/10/2008
This is the best news I've heard all day. I cannot wait for this
This is the best news I've heard all day. I cannot wait for this
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