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2000s, Comedy - Adult

Tropic Thunder

Released 2008 Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writer/s script Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller, Etan Cohen
Writer/s story Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux
Director Ben Stiller
Starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black, Brandon T Jackson, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader, Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise
Elevator Pitch When filming of an action Vietman War movie is not going well, it is decided that the actors will be dumped in the jungle with the director and be filmed for real. But the director is blown up when he steps on a mine and contact with the outside world is lost. Things go from bad to worse when their star is captured by a Vietnamese drug gang, who contact the studio asking for a ransome.
Content This is a comedy, so much of Hollywood is lampooned, with jokes about method acting, movie realism (today almost sent up by itself), overbearing movie moguls and specifically Forest Gump, Apocalypse Now, the Oscars and more. There is swearing, drugs and some violence.
A View I laughed quite a bit, and I’m sure that insiders laughed even more. Worth a watch particularly if you are interested in the whole process of film making and are not easily offended, since it does not hold back with bad language and jokes about skin colour, bodily functions and drug taking.

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