Bungle in the jungle. Actor-turned-director Ben Stiller, stung by being rejected for Oliver Stones 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. Downeys blackface routine is a real puzzler (107 min.).
Director: Ben Stiller
Producer: Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Eric McLeod and Justin Theroux
Cast: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Brandon Jackson, Bill Hader, Brandon Hoo, Reggie Lee, Trieu Tran, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise