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Movie Preview: Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder

Movie Preview: Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder

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,



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darlene darlene 9 years
looks good
sidra5397 sidra5397 9 years
Looks great!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
Hahaha! I loved the "what do you mean, YOU people" bit!
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
They did a good make-up job on RDJ though. I didn't know who he was at first.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
Can't wait. Thanks wackdoodle for the break down. It helps others better understand what the character is all about. The real black guy in the movie is Brandon T. Jackson.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I like the cast and this film looks pretty funny. Love Robert's character!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I cannot stand Ben Stiller or his film but I have to say that last night I watched the trailer and I laughed. I actually like Robert Downey Jr's character because it needs explanation that he plays a white actor in the movie who is so die-hard that he decides he can actually and realistically play a black character. So Downey's character has a MEDICAL PROCEDURE (melanin injections like the writer of Black Like Me) and thinks that because his skin is dark he "knows" the black experience. Instead he's constantly irritating the films real black man (Eddie Griffin I think) because all he does is spouting clichés and pop culture references. Like he quotes the Jefferson's Theme because he thinks it actually pertains to the current black experience during the Viet Nam war. But the thing about the character RDJ plays is that his character is an over the top, method actor who thinks that he can master any role if he believes hard enough/not if he researches and really learns about what the character is going through. He never realizes that his portrayal of this character might be fine with people if he broke character when they weren't filming the movie within the movie and if he wasn't trying to get the other actors to believe that he is black. The whole thing seems really funny to me even Ben Stiller's "Action Man" character and Jack Black's over the top comic actor who thinks that he always has to be on. Then the twist comes in the movie. If this is done well it could be as clever as Blazing Saddles.
krambow krambow 9 years
I am not sure about the movie at all usually don't like ben stiller movies, but I do have a comment about the "black face" as long as it was done nicely whats the big deal? Eddie Murphy does the "white face" all the time, so do the Wayan bros.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
I have no idea why blackface is considered appropriate, even satirically. That is disgusting, I would never see this movie. If you want a responsible comic statement on the role of blacks in Hollywood and entertainment, I recommend "Bamboozled", not this trash.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 9 years
Not feeling Robert Downey's 'shuck & jive' character. I'll pass. :oy:
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Just not a Ben Stiller fan, so I'll pass on this one.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i'm sure it'll be silly, for sure (like emalove said), but I do like Ben Stiller, so I'll be watching this one.
emalove emalove 9 years
Looks pretty silly. But Ben is one of my favorite actors and I'll watch anything he's in.
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