Tropic Thunder

Rated R 107 minutes 2008

Bungle in the jungle. Actor-turned-director Ben Stiller, stung by being rejected for Oliver Stone’s Platoon, takes revenge on all Hollywood with this occasionally hilarious movie-within-a-movie satire about a cast of spoiled actors (Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel) stranded in the mountains of Vietnam shooting a war flick while various film industry dorks (Steve Coogan, Tom Cruise, Bill Hader) hover nervously off-screen. All windup and scant delivery, despite the barrage of bitterly ironic dialogue and sight gags parodying everything from trailers to Apocalypse Now. Downey’s blackface routine is a real puzzler (107 min.).

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Director: Ben Stiller

Writer: Etan Cohen and Justin Theroux

Producer: Stuart Cornfeld

Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon T. Jackson, Bill Hader and Nick Nolte

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