Tropic Thunder

  • 15
  • Ben Stiller (2008)
  • Ger / US / UK
  • 102 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Ben Stiller co-writes, directs and stars in this hilarious send-up of "serious" war movies and self-absorbed movie stars. Stiller plays fading Hollywood action hero Tugg Speedman, who's making a Vietnam War epic along with flatulent, heroin-addicted comedy star Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) and Method actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr). Career neuroses meet genuine peril when exasperated director Steve Coogan resorts to a "guerrilla style" jungle shoot. These pampered thespians are then plunged into the middle of a real battle with some drug lords who think they are DEA agents. In a great cast it's Oscar-nominated Downey Jr who steals everybody's thunder as the Aussie actor so committed to his craft that he's had his skin surgically dyed to portray an African-American soldier. The gags are sometimes silly but often brilliant, spoofing every war movie cliché without undermining the thrill of the adventure.

Plot Summary

Comedy action adventure starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr and Jack Black. While filming an epic Vietnam War movie in the jungle, a group of pampered, egotistical actors find themselves fighting for their lives when they stumble across heavily armed drug lords.

Cast and crew


Tugg Speedman
Ben Stiller
Jeff Portnoy
Jack Black
Kirk Lazarus
Robert Downey Jr
Damien Cockburn
Steve Coogan
Kevin Sandusky
Jay Baruchel
Danny McBride (2)
Alpa Chino
Brandon T Jackson
Rob Slolum
Bill Hader
John "Four Leaf" Tayback
Nick Nolte
Rick Peck
Matthew McConaughey
Les Grossman
Tom Cruise
Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire
Jon Voight
Jon Voight
Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt


Ben Stiller

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 19 Sep 2008
Certificate 15
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)