Tropic Thunder (2008)

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Director: Ben Stiller

Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.

Runtime: 107 min

Tropic Thunder is a 2008 action-comedy that stars Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. among others. Stiller also directed and produced the film. The story follows a group of arrogant actors who are filming a Vietnam War movie. The director, frustrated with their prima donna behavior, drops them in the middle of the jungle and they must use their wits to try and survive. Among other accolades the movie received, Robert Downey Jr. was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Kirk Lazarus, an Australian actor reminiscent of Daniel Day-Lewis.

The script is hysterically witty and funny. The satirical nature used is on point. Ben Stiller really surprises with how well he directed the action sequences. The movie was also beautifully shot. The actors have great chemistry with one another, in spite of their characters being so different. Robert Downey’s hilarious portrayal of a Kirk Lazarus alone is worth watching, not to mention Tom Cruise’s incredible cameo appearance that will have you in tears.

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