Tropic Thunder

Jays Rating:
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Ben Stiller writes, directs and stars in one of the funniest comedies of the year, Tropic Thunder. The story begins with a group of actors being flown by helicopter to an Asian jungle to film a movie called Tropic Thunder. The three main actors are led by fading star Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) who made a name for himself by playing the part of a mentally challenged farm hand that talks to animals. Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) is addicted to drugs and became famous by starring in a series of raunchy comedies that rely on disgusting fart jokes for laughs. (That sounds like most of the comedies I saw this year) Kirk Laezarus (Robert Downey Jr.) is a 5 time Academy Award winner who becomes so involved in the characters he plays that he will undergo physical transformations. For example, in this film he has his skin surgically darkened to portray a black guy. Anyway, minutes after they arrive in the jungle the director accidentally steps on a land mine and blows himself up and the actors are attacked by jungle fighters. Since no one has read the script, everyone thinks the explosion and the attack are part of the movie, but nobody knows what is supposed to happen next. When Speedman is captured by a 12 year old drug lord (Brandon Soo) the other actors decide it might be a good idea to read the script to find out how to rescue him. All of the acting in this film is above average but the three lead actors are superb. It’s hilarious how this film spoofs other movies and pokes fun at the folks in Hollywood, different races, and people with disabilities. Since there was nobody visually impaired in this film and the three blind mice are only found in Shrek, I didn’t hear any good blind jokes. (Anyway I’m only blind in one eye, I just can’t see out of the other.) The dialogue and humorous antics might seem cruder than necessary and may offend some people, but this film gives us an opportunity to examine our biases and negative attitudes. By the way, you don’t want to miss the cameos by Tom Cruise, Tobey Maguire, Matthew McConaughey and many more. I’m giving this very funny, original film a B+ rating.

This movie has been given a R rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.