Saturday, September 6, 2008

Tropic Thunder

If I haven't posted on this yet--and it seems I haven't--I should have weeks ago.
This movie is not for everyone's tastes but it is one of the funniest films I've seen in ages.
Ben Stiller plays a clueless and aging action hero whose stock is plunging at the box office; Robert Downey Jr. plays an Australian Method actor who immerses himself in roles a bit too deeply; Jack Black plays a comic actor who's success hinges on fart jokes and fat suits; and Brandon Jackson plays a rapper whose self-promotion hits new highs.

These four are tossed into the jungles of Vietnam, where (thinking that they are making a movie) they fall afoul of real drug lords. Hilarity ensues. And Robert Downey Jr. proves that Iron Man was not a fluke; the man is an acting genius. He has the best and most quotable lines of the movie by far.

The movie is about as un-PC as it can be, with the most vile and inappropriate laughs of the year. If you like your humor edgy and even a bit unsettling, this is the movie you've waited for. (And don't miss Tom Cruise in the funniest cameo of the year.)

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