Vietnam veteran 'Four Leaf' Tayback's memoir, Tropic Thunder, is being made into a film, but Director Damien Cockburn can’t control the cast of prima donnas. Behind schedule and over budget, Cockburn is ordered by a studio executive to get filming back on track, or risk its cancellation. On Tayback's advice, Cockburn drops the actors into the middle of the jungle to film the remaining scenes but, unbeknownst to the actors and production, the group have been dropped in the middle of the Golden Triangle, the home of heroin-producing gangs.
|Release Date||:||August 9, 2008|
|Production Company||:||DreamWorks SKG, Goldcrest Pictures, Red Hour Films, Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Sud Second|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany|
|Director||:||Ben Stiller, Kim Berner|
|Writers||:||Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux, Etan Cohen, Ben Stiller, Justin Theroux|
|Casts||:||Ben Stiller, Tom Cruise, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader, Brandon Soo Hoo, Reggie Lee, Trieu Tran, Matthew McConaughey, Jeff Kahn, Anthony Ruivivar, Eric Winzenried, Valerie Azlynn, Matt Levin, David Pressman, Amy Stiller, Dempsey Silva, Jeff Weidemann, Nadine Ellis, Rachel Avery, Darryl Farmer, Rod Tate, Maria Menounos, Tyra Banks, Christine Taylor, Jel Galiza, Andrea De Oliveira, Yvette Nicole Brown, J. Thomas Chon, Jacob Chon, Mini Anden, Mike Hoagland, Jon Voight, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jason Bateman, Lance Bass, Alicia Silverstone, Don Abernathy, Linda Bella, Denise Bradley, Ella Christopher, Natalie Cohen, Larry Cruz, Angela Daun, Clark DeVol, Kaylee Dodson, Jasmine Dustin, David D. Espinoza, Eric Feliciano, Austin Honaker, Miko Hughes, Dave Johnson, Jillian Johnston, James Lew, Lesley Nicole Lewis, Fadhia Carmelle Marcelin, Anya Monzikova, Chad Mountain, Brittany Perry-Russell, Simon Rhee, DJ Rivers, Samantha Sadoff, Gaku Space, Becca Sweitzer, Kaye Marie Talise, Sandra Valladares, Julie Van, Jobeth Wagner, Tobey Maguire|
|Plot Keywords||:||movie business, satire, jungle, movie star, southeast asia, land mine, shackles, war filmmaking, duringcreditsstinger, blackface, method acting|
I went to see this at an advance showing last night and spent much of the time laughing. The beginning as previously mentioned is extremely creative with a clever cameo from Tobey Maguire and once the movie begins it is non-stop humor from start to finish. The star of the movie by far is Robert Downey Jr who is simply perfect but the real scene stealer is Tom Cruise, though his screen time is limited, his scenes are hilarious. Definitely one to repair the somewhat tarnished image of the past few years. Stiller is his usual self but is overshadowed by Black and Downey Jr. not surprising given the multiple roles he played behind the scenes. Wall to wall cameos, particularly at the end (blink and you'll miss them) and I really won't tell you which the funniest cameo was as that may spoil this gem of a joke....provided you catch it that is! highly recommended movie - I will definitely be heading out to see it when it comes out for general audiences!