Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder does for Nam films what Zoolander did for fashion.

Ben Stiller, who cowrote, directed, and acted in the film, surprised me with this movie. Given the hubbub around its use of “retard”, I expected something closer to Dumb & Dumber. Rather than insulting people with disabilities, that scene (and the whole film) really insults actors. Stiller is frighteningly ripped for the film, in keeping with his character’s attempts to emulate Rambo. Jack Black plays his role very well. But it is Robert Downey, Jr. who steals the show. His performance as the Oscar-winning method actor is incredible.

This movie is unexpectedly funny, especially for those who have seen a lot of 80s Nam films and who found Zoolander humorous.

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