With Tropic Thunder, director Ben Stiller and his cast of comedic actors attempt to poke holes in the movie industry, spoofing everything from iconic action heroes to the embarrassing obnoxiousness of professional comedians to racial stereotypes facing non-white actors. It has a lot of potential for humor. But is it funny? Eh. Kinda.
Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. — that's Downey in the middle up there, wearing makeup to look like a black man — play vain, clueless actors shooting a big-budget war movie who inadvertently find themselves in an actual war zone and have to become real soldiers. Parts of the trailer make me chuckle, though a lot of it's just OK. Also, I'm a little torn on the use of black face in spoofing Hollywood. Then again, if anyone's going to do something like that, Robert Downey Jr. is probably our best bet.
Tropic Thunder opens August 15. To check out the trailer,