Tropic Thunder There is something a tad wrong about foible-filled Hollywood folks lampooning Hollywood folks' foibles. Moreover, co-writer/director Stiller first had the idea for this parody of… Tropic Thunder There is something a tad wrong about foible-filled Hollywood folks lampooning Hollywood folks' foibles. Moreover, co-writer/director Stiller first had the idea for this parody of…
Movie on DVD Review

Tropic Thunder (2008)

Tropic Thunder | Feel the Thunder : Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. share a moment
Feel the Thunder: Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. share a moment
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 18, 2008; DVD Release Date: Nov 18, 2008; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Jack Black and Ben Stiller; Distributor: DreamWorks

There is something a tad wrong about foible-filled Hollywood folks lampooning Hollywood folks' foibles. Moreover, co-writer/director Stiller first had the idea for this parody of Apocalypse Now-type filmmaking two decades ago — as he recalls in the minidoc ''Before the Thunder'' — and it would certainly have possessed more bite back in the era of Platoon and Hamburger Hill. But Tropic Thunder boasts so many terrific grotesques — from Downey's never-break-character thesp to Jack Black's junkie comedian to Tom Cruise's mercenary studio chief — that you ultimately forgive the film's smugness and lateness. The meta-fun continues on the other extras, with Downey doing commentary in character (well, technically, his character's character) and a fake Werner Herzog- esque making-of ''Rain of Madness.'' B+

Originally posted Nov 26, 2008 Published in issue #1024 Dec 05, 2008 Order article reprints