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Politically incorrect with the rude comedic spirit of Blazing Saddles,
This review is from: Tropic Thunder (DVD)
You'll laugh but this movie isn't for the easily offended. Heck, even a few hard-to-offend viewers will cringe, too. A comedy hasn't had this much in-your-face political incorrectness since Blazing Saddles.
You'll be worn out by the end of this two-hour movie but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The hardest laughs come all too quickly before the film settles down to a slower pace.
The story follows a group of high-maintenance actors on the set of a Vietnam war movie that is spinning out of control and likely to become the all-time box office flop, pushing aside Cutthroat Island, The Adventures of Pluto Nash and Basic Instinct 2.
Ben Stiller has the most screen time but Robert Downey Jr. steals the scenes as an Australian method actor who manages to eclipse Robert De Niro's famed transformation in Raging Bull.
Jack Black (in a nod to Eddie Murphy's The Nutty Professor), Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel round out the rest of the main acting troupe. In smaller roles, Nick Nolte portrays the author of the book, Tropic Thunder, which "got" the movie deal (there's an in-joke). Matthew McConaughey appears as Stiller's TiVo-crazed agent and Tom Cruise appears nearly unrecognizable in creepy make-up as the film's producer. Not a single actor displays anything approaching subtlety or sanity.
One final warning: skip the DVD extras at your own risk. The viral video for MTV is hilarious.
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Initial post: Mar 29, 2013 8:45:47 AM PDT
Early Easter says:
Just want to say I find this movie way funnier than Blazing Saddles (and I saw Blazing Saddles during its original theatrical release), at least in my humble opinion.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2013 8:19:39 AM PDT
Jared Castle says:
I saw Blazing Saddles in the theater as well. I think the humor is relative to its time. The comedic boundaries Mel Brooks broke through in the 1970s are the not the same fences torn asunder in Tropic Thunder. Some comedy is timeless but these films will age because many of the jokes won't resonate with future generations as strongly as when first released.
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