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AlexKP

16,289 posts

131 months

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Legend83 said:
Ingredients:

- Tropic Thunder
Let me stop you right there.

Here is the review of that steaming pile of a movie that I posted on the IMDB.com


Possibly the worst film in many years, 26 January 2009
1/10
Author: BlokeWithABrainUK from United Kingdom

* * This comment may contain spoilers ***

For some reason I ordered this on DVD (it was released this weekend). I had glanced at the IMDb score and thought "Good score, must be a fun way to kill a couple of hours..." How tragically and naively wrong I was.

Clearly the IMDb rating has been influenced or manipulated in some way by those with a vested interest. Nothing else could explain the current rating in relation to the vast majority of reviews.

So please pay attention to the following message: DO NOT BUY THIS FILM ON DVD - IT IS BEYOND DREADFUL.

I buy a lot of DVD's, but I am actually really angry that I wasted £10 on this, it is so staggeringly poor. I truly wish I could get my money back as I feel conned.

OK - the film. Well, many others here have already commented, but I am moved to say that rarely has such a total lack of talent been put before the public. I liked Stiller in "Zoolander" - pithy and clever. I quite like "Night at the Museum", and "Meet The Parents" was good fun.

"Tropic Thunder" on the other hand is a whole different barrel of excrement.

Given that it is written by, produced by, scripted by, directed by and starring Mr Stiller, I can only conclude that a/ he has not watched the film himself, or b/ it is noble of him to take the blame.

Some key points: - The script is incoherent, as is Downey Jnr (and most of the rest of the cast).

- The script is desperately poorly written.

- The plot premise is promising, but squandered in minutes.

- The opening two minutes of the film (the spoof trailers) are the only amusing part of the film. It then goes off a cliff like a weighted Artic carrying a lorry load of lead balloons.

- It's crude and crass. Not funny crude and crass. Just nauseatingly puerile and unpleasant. I can't even suggest it is schoolboy humour, as it isn't that sophisticated.

- It isn't satire (satire is intelligent and makes a point). It isn't a spoof (a spoof is ludicrous and funny). It isn't "comedy" either (comedy makes you laugh and smile). It is actually almost a new genre entirely of it's own.

- Jack Black is the worst he has ever been, and his character - a bloated "comedy star" obsessed with hard drugs is so repellent that I spent the entire agonising length of the movie with my face a fixed mask of horror (according to my better half who also attempted to endure this).

- Tom Cruise achieves staggering new heights of embarrassment. His rabid expletive ridden tirades are not biting satire, they are just cringeworthy and forced.

- Nolte is pointless and looks uncomfortable as if he has a horrible sinking feeling throughout. Matthew McConaughey, a great actor when he tries, gives his best shot. But given that his character is effectively one joke which isn't funny in the first place, he is on a hiding to nothing from the start.

- Steve Cougan actually manages to be the best actor in all this hideous mess, and he is dispatched early on anyhow. I think he should be grateful as he is the only one to escape with a shred of dignity.

The stellar cast must be appalled at what Ben Stiller has created. Overblown, pointless, unfunny visual diarrhoea with no discernible redeeming qualities whatsoever. Surely Mr Stiller will never again be able to persuade such actors of note to take part in another debacle.

It saddens me that at no point in the pre-production process did someone have either the nerve or the knowledge to say "Hang on a minute Ben, this just simply isn't funny." Ben Stiller has committed the cardinal film making sin - a comedy that is not only devoid of any laughs, but actually so poor it is offensive to a viewer with any level of discernment.

Having just about managed to watch it (a supreme act of will in itself), I feel insulted and scammed out of my money. I turned to my wife and said, "That was possibly the worst film I have seen in a decade". She not only agreed, but used one of the overused expletives from the movie to describe her dissatisfaction at a wasted 1hr40min of her life.

If I could give it less than one star I would.

Legend83

Original Poster:

7,472 posts

109 months

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AlexKP said:
Legend83 said:
Ingredients:

- Tropic Thunder
Let me stop you right there.

Here is the review of that steaming pile of a movie that I posted on the IMDB.com


Possibly the worst film in many years, 26 January 2009
1/10
Author: BlokeWithABrainUK from United Kingdom

* * This comment may contain spoilers ***

For some reason I ordered this on DVD (it was released this weekend). I had glanced at the IMDb score and thought "Good score, must be a fun way to kill a couple of hours..." How tragically and naively wrong I was.

Clearly the IMDb rating has been influenced or manipulated in some way by those with a vested interest. Nothing else could explain the current rating in relation to the vast majority of reviews.

So please pay attention to the following message: DO NOT BUY THIS FILM ON DVD - IT IS BEYOND DREADFUL.

I buy a lot of DVD's, but I am actually really angry that I wasted £10 on this, it is so staggeringly poor. I truly wish I could get my money back as I feel conned.

OK - the film. Well, many others here have already commented, but I am moved to say that rarely has such a total lack of talent been put before the public. I liked Stiller in "Zoolander" - pithy and clever. I quite like "Night at the Museum", and "Meet The Parents" was good fun.

"Tropic Thunder" on the other hand is a whole different barrel of excrement.

Given that it is written by, produced by, scripted by, directed by and starring Mr Stiller, I can only conclude that a/ he has not watched the film himself, or b/ it is noble of him to take the blame.

Some key points: - The script is incoherent, as is Downey Jnr (and most of the rest of the cast).

- The script is desperately poorly written.

- The plot premise is promising, but squandered in minutes.

- The opening two minutes of the film (the spoof trailers) are the only amusing part of the film. It then goes off a cliff like a weighted Artic carrying a lorry load of lead balloons.

- It's crude and crass. Not funny crude and crass. Just nauseatingly puerile and unpleasant. I can't even suggest it is schoolboy humour, as it isn't that sophisticated.

- It isn't satire (satire is intelligent and makes a point). It isn't a spoof (a spoof is ludicrous and funny). It isn't "comedy" either (comedy makes you laugh and smile). It is actually almost a new genre entirely of it's own.

- Jack Black is the worst he has ever been, and his character - a bloated "comedy star" obsessed with hard drugs is so repellent that I spent the entire agonising length of the movie with my face a fixed mask of horror (according to my better half who also attempted to endure this).

- Tom Cruise achieves staggering new heights of embarrassment. His rabid expletive ridden tirades are not biting satire, they are just cringeworthy and forced.

- Nolte is pointless and looks uncomfortable as if he has a horrible sinking feeling throughout. Matthew McConaughey, a great actor when he tries, gives his best shot. But given that his character is effectively one joke which isn't funny in the first place, he is on a hiding to nothing from the start.

- Steve Cougan actually manages to be the best actor in all this hideous mess, and he is dispatched early on anyhow. I think he should be grateful as he is the only one to escape with a shred of dignity.

The stellar cast must be appalled at what Ben Stiller has created. Overblown, pointless, unfunny visual diarrhoea with no discernible redeeming qualities whatsoever. Surely Mr Stiller will never again be able to persuade such actors of note to take part in another debacle.

It saddens me that at no point in the pre-production process did someone have either the nerve or the knowledge to say "Hang on a minute Ben, this just simply isn't funny." Ben Stiller has committed the cardinal film making sin - a comedy that is not only devoid of any laughs, but actually so poor it is offensive to a viewer with any level of discernment.

Having just about managed to watch it (a supreme act of will in itself), I feel insulted and scammed out of my money. I turned to my wife and said, "That was possibly the worst film I have seen in a decade". She not only agreed, but used one of the overused expletives from the movie to describe her dissatisfaction at a wasted 1hr40min of her life.

If I could give it less than one star I would.
Hey, if we all like the same things, the world would be a boring place.

I agree that Downey Jnr was incoherent and a lot of his funny lines just could not be heard.

I don't think it was quite as bad as you say, and I did not expect that much from a Stiller production TBH.

JB's character was pointless.

Also, why was the lead villain a kid??

Cruise made me laugh in a 'clearly not taking himself seriously' kind of way.


funkyol

1,643 posts

106 months

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Swillsy said:
Role Models - Rubbish

Eden lake - Rubbish

Taken - awesomeness
Taken is wicked isn't it. They said 'Bourne mixed with Man on fire' and that is about spot on!

Cotty

27,845 posts

171 months

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The Bourne Ultimatum. Picked it up for £3 in Sainsburys

Also worked through 3 more episodes of Miami Vice. 95 to go.

Don

26,161 posts

171 months

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I watched Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.

It cannot be counted as a "good film" in any way. Sorry
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WildCards

3,811 posts

104 months

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30 Days of Night - I waited for the plot to unfold and realised it wasn't going to when the end credits started scrolling. Could have been alot better.

Steve Evil

9,292 posts

116 months

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AlexKP said:
Legend83 said:
Ingredients:

- Tropic Thunder
... Thoroughly accurate review...
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I thought it was one of the worst films I've ever seen, stereotypical racial humour and fart gags throughout, yet almost everyone else I talk to about it thinks it was hilarious.

I went to go and see Gran Torino at the weekend, but it was sold out, so ended up watching The International instead, it wasn't great, but the shoot-out in the Guggenheim was pretty good.

McSwerve II

262 posts

86 months

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+2 for Taken.

Top, top film.

TimmyArt

1,422 posts

105 months

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Isaac Hunt said:
The Man who would be King - Sean Connery & Michael Caine at their best.

Was on BBC2 Sunday afternoon.
yes a very good film. One of my faves.

LHDisbest

16,803 posts

74 months

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Kevin and Perry go Large on ITV2 last night.

Quality film. biggrin

CarlT

3,237 posts

134 months

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Bad Boys on Sky last night. Its a few years old now, but a great Sunday Night film smile As for the Porsche driving

sstein

5,995 posts

141 months

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Office Space.

Great film!

-

Stuart

im

34,302 posts

104 months

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CarlT said:
...As for the Porsche driving
It was completely overshadowed by the Cobra - what a stunning, stunning car...

gregd

627 posts

106 months

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I watched "Zidane" which was on BBC4 last week. More like an art installation or screen saver than a movie but strangely kept my attention all the same.

Also working my way through the (Connery) Bond movies on Sky HD plus series two of The Wire.

LBird

412 posts

99 months

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LHDisbest said:
Kevin and Perry go Large on ITV2 last night.

Quality film. biggrin
Me too. Third time I've seen it now and it gets funnier every time!

LHDisbest

16,803 posts

74 months

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LBird said:
LHDisbest said:
Kevin and Perry go Large on ITV2 last night.

Quality film. biggrin
Me too. Third time I've seen it now and it gets funnier every time!
'You are not my friend, and you are not my fellow DJ'

Makes me laugh everytime. hehe

Oakey

16,819 posts

103 months

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oobster said:
Bourne Supremacy on ITV on Saturday night, then Bourne Ultimatum on DVD on Sunday night.
I'm suprised you endured the Bourne film on ITV, every single time I've ever watched one when ITV has shown them they always, always fail to include the subtitles during the non-English part. Tell me, at the end of Supremacy, when he goes to visit the girl, were there any?

Also watched Step Brothers this weekend, has some great quotes.

towser

160 posts

98 months

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Taken - utter rubbish. Charles Bronson did this 10 times better 25 years ago....

The Lives of Others - very slow moving spy drama thing. Enjoyable story.

jbudgie

2,243 posts

99 months

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Must agree, 'Tropic Thunder' is absolute rubbish

*Raz*

195 posts

75 months

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Asterix said:
Benjamin Button.

Good but too long.
I loved this but thought it was long yeah

What about Gran Torino!!

Watched that on sat, was V good, serious but funny in places too! worth a watch
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