Tropic Thunder

Tropic Thunder

Ben Stiller (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A director's epic Vietnam movie is behind schedule and over budget. Taking the advice of the grizzled war veteran on whose life the film is based, he drops the actors into a jungle with the intention of filming them fighting guerrilla-style - but the cast is unaware the surrounding warfare is genuine. Comedy, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, with Jack Black, Steve Coogan and, in an Oscar-nominated role, Robert Downey Jr.

Cast & Crew

Tugg Speedman Ben Stiller
Jeff Portnoy Jack Black
Kirk Lazarus Robert Downey Jr
Damien Cockburn Steve Coogan
Kevin Sandusky Jay Baruchel
Cody 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
Director Ben Stiller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Sep 2008