Hubs and I watched Tropic Thunder this week, and I almost busted a gut laughing at it. Time was when I avoided "guy movies" like the plague, but over the past few years, I have found an odd joy in discovering a few (amongst the piles and piles of worthless dreck) that I like. Dodgeball, for instance. (OMG. Jason Bateman? BRILLIANT.) Tropic Thunder, though I guess not technically a "guy movie," falls into that category.
If you aren't familiar with the plot, here's the skinny: a group of spoiled movie stars are making an action film (based on a "true" story) set during the Vietnam War. When the fed-up director decides to drop the whiny cast off in the jungle and film the project guerilla-style, he accidentally steps on an old land mine, stranding the celebrities in the middle of some very real danger.
What makes the movie hilarious is that the people involved in this project weren't afraid to poke fun at the insanity that is Hollywood. We have Tug Speedman (Ben Stiller), the washed-up action star; Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), the eccentric, critically-acclaimed method actor; Jack Portnoy (Jack Black), the scatological comedian; Alpa Chino (Brandon Jackson), the rapper trying to crossover into film; and Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel), the smart Jewish newcomer. If this core cast wasn't enough, the film features inspired supporting appearances and cameos by everyone from Tom Cruise to Nick Nolte to Danny McBride to Matthew McConaughey to Jennifer Love Hewitt to Tobey McGuire.
If you enjoy films that take snarky aim at their own industry, you must see this. If you like to laugh, you must see this. If you have always wondered what Robert Downey Jr. would look like with blue eyes, you must see this.