15 certificateTropic Thunder is a Film programme that first aired in 2008 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Tropic Thunder is a 4 star programme

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Tropic Thunder (2008)

Directed by
Ben Stiller

While filming on location, Vietnam war epic Tropic Thunder is derailed by star Tugg Speedman's (Ben Stiller) inability to emote. Director Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) attempts to liven up proceedings by dropping the principal actors into the middle of a real jungle, claiming he's going to capture their performances with guerrilla-style film-making and hidden cameras.

But the hapless group - including drug-addled comedy star Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) and po-faced method man Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) - are completely unaware when a series of unfortunate events leads them into the middle of a real war zone.

Taking no prisoners, Stiller's Hollywood satire mercilessly lampoons the ego-driven industry with a clutch of close-to-the-bone gags that caused a wave of controversy on the film's release. The sight of Downey Jr playing a white actor who has undergone cosmetic surgery to appear black might have led to much debate, but within the context of the film it's an incisively, well-judged stab at Hollywood pomposity.

With an outstanding cast that also includes upcoming comedy stars Danny R McBride and Jay Baruchel, plus an unrecognisable Tom Cruise cameoing as corpulent movie mogul Les Grossman, this is black comedy at its best: witty, relevant and ruthless.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2008

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Germany

Filmed in Colour


Image for Ben StillerBen Stiller...Tugg Speedman
Image for Robert Downey Jr.Robert Downey Jr....Kirk Lazarus
Image for Jack BlackJack Black...Jeff Portnoy
Image for Brandon T. JacksonBrandon T. Jackson...Alpa Chino
Image for Jay BaruchelJay Baruchel...Kevin Sandusky
Image for Steve CooganSteve Coogan...Damien Cockburn
Image for Nick NolteNick Nolte...Four Leaf Tayback
Image for Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey...Rick Peck
Image for Tom CruiseTom Cruise...Les Grossman