History Film / TropicThunder

19th Jul '17 7:52:10 PM jormis29
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* MoreDakka: Cody, the special effects demolitionist played by Danny [=McBride=], runs on this trope.

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* MoreDakka: Cody, the special effects demolitionist played by Danny [=McBride=], Creator/DannyMcBride, runs on this trope.
9th Jul '17 12:24:55 PM HarfynnTeuport
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** The shot of Jeff poised next to the pile of heroin (itself piled into a similar shape to the mountain out of ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'') is a pastiche of Indy about to pick up the statue in the intro of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
1st Jun '17 6:01:33 PM bombadil211
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* DyeingForYourArt: [[invoked]]
** The cast was supposed to attend a boot camp prior to production but most skipped it. Only Kevin was serious enough to go through the training and even read the book in preparation.
** The Caucasian Kirk Lazarus is so intent on inhabiting the role of the African-American Lincoln Osiris that he undergoes a medical procedure to dye his ''skin''.
27th May '17 2:19:21 PM nombretomado
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Movie producer Les Grossman is in need of an [[OscarBait award-winning movie]] and decides to make the best and most expensive VietnamWar movie ever. He hires rookie director Damien Cockburn (Creator/SteveCoogan) and five ''very'' different actors, who cause quite a stir in the press due to their very different backgrounds:

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Movie producer Les Grossman is in need of an [[OscarBait award-winning movie]] and decides to make the best and most expensive VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar movie ever. He hires rookie director Damien Cockburn (Creator/SteveCoogan) and five ''very'' different actors, who cause quite a stir in the press due to their very different backgrounds:



* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Spoofed. We're told at the start this is a record of a true story. [[spoiler:We find out halfway through that Four Leaf, the "VietnamWar veteran" who wrote the book the film-within-the-film is based on (and is on the crew, suggesting the EnforcedMethodActing concept), is a total liar who never served overseas and is only pretending to be handicapped.]]

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Spoofed. We're told at the start this is a record of a true story. [[spoiler:We find out halfway through that Four Leaf, the "VietnamWar "UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar veteran" who wrote the book the film-within-the-film is based on (and is on the crew, suggesting the EnforcedMethodActing concept), is a total liar who never served overseas and is only pretending to be handicapped.]]



* HighPressureBlood: The tendency for "realistic" VietnamWar movies to engage in this is parodied here; the scene we see from [[ShowWithinAShow the film within a film]] has characters shooting jets of blood from their heads and spewing more intestines than would fit inside their bodies, all while the hero is shot a preposterous number of times [[MadeOfIron to little effect]].

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* HighPressureBlood: The tendency for "realistic" VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar movies to engage in this is parodied here; the scene we see from [[ShowWithinAShow the film within a film]] has characters shooting jets of blood from their heads and spewing more intestines than would fit inside their bodies, all while the hero is shot a preposterous number of times [[MadeOfIron to little effect]].



* TakeThat: is intended to mock and deride all of Creator/BenStiller's friends who, unlike him, did VietnamWar movies back in TheEighties when they were all the rage and told him that the pre-production boot camp where they learned how to be plausible soldiers was a deeply spiritual experience.

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* TakeThat: is intended to mock and deride all of Creator/BenStiller's friends who, unlike him, did VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar movies back in TheEighties when they were all the rage and told him that the pre-production boot camp where they learned how to be plausible soldiers was a deeply spiritual experience.
30th Apr '17 10:10:06 AM nombretomado
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* BeautyInversion: TomCruise as Grossman.

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* BeautyInversion: TomCruise Creator/TomCruise as Grossman.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Les Grossman again, [[PlayingAgainstType played by]] TomCruise. Crosses the line when he decides to [[spoiler:leave Tugg to be killed by the Flaming Dragons because he isn't profitable any more.]]

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Les Grossman again, [[PlayingAgainstType played by]] TomCruise.Creator/TomCruise. Crosses the line when he decides to [[spoiler:leave Tugg to be killed by the Flaming Dragons because he isn't profitable any more.]]



** When Tugg is [[OutrunTheFireball outrunning the exploding bridge]], Tugg is knocked in a similar way that TomCruise was knocked into a car in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. See also OutrunTheFireball.

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** When Tugg is [[OutrunTheFireball outrunning the exploding bridge]], Tugg is knocked in a similar way that TomCruise Creator/TomCruise was knocked into a car in ''Film/MissionImpossibleIII''. See also OutrunTheFireball.
11th Apr '17 10:06:47 PM AHI-3000
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* AChildShallLeadThem: [[spoiler:"I AM TRAN! YOU. Are DEA scum."]]

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* AChildShallLeadThem: [[spoiler:"I AM TRAN! YOU. Are DEA scum."]]The Flaming Dragon cartel is led by a prepubescent boy.



* EnfanteTerrible: [[spoiler:The leader of the drug dealers.]]

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* EnfanteTerrible: [[spoiler:The leader of EnfanteTerrible:
** Tran, a little boy who leads
the drug dealers.cartel.
** [[spoiler:An even younger boy whom Tugg tries to adopt turns out to be one too.
]]



* MistakenForBadass: The Vietnamese guerrillas are stunned by what they think is a heavily-armed American military team. One of them steps on a landmine? The others ''make fun of him'' while using his disembodied head as a prop for their amusement. Under heavy fire? They stand up, chests squared, and spray the forest with assault fire. The Vietnamese planning to ambush them are visibly shocked by how fearless the actors appear by sheer virtue of not actually knowing what's going on.

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* MistakenForBadass: The Vietnamese guerrillas Flaming Dragon gang are stunned by what they think is a heavily-armed American military team. One of them steps on a landmine? The others ''make fun of him'' while using his disembodied head as a prop for their amusement. Under heavy fire? They stand up, chests squared, and spray the forest with assault fire. The Vietnamese gangsters planning to ambush them are visibly shocked by how fearless the actors appear by sheer virtue of not actually knowing what's going on.



** [[spoiler:ChildrenAreInnocent -- The leader of the drug cartel is a preteen, and the tot Tugg "adopts" at one point turns out to be quite vicious as well.]]
** [[spoiler:GoryDiscretionShot -- None of that here.]]
** [[spoiler:FamilyUnfriendlyViolence -- Tons. Kevin's character's evisceration in the prologue is a highlight.]]
** [[spoiler:WhatMeasureIsANonCute -- Tugg kills a snarling animal in the dark -- then is horrified to learn it was a Panda, as he's done adorable ads with Pandas for a wildlife conservation group. Doesn't stop there, as he skins the panda and ''wears its head'' as a GoingNative ensemble he creates for himself.]]

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** [[spoiler:ChildrenAreInnocent ChildrenAreInnocent -- The leader of the drug cartel is a preteen, and [[spoiler:and the tot Tugg "adopts" at one point turns out to be quite vicious as well.]]
** [[spoiler:GoryDiscretionShot GoryDiscretionShot -- None of that here.]]
here.
** [[spoiler:FamilyUnfriendlyViolence FamilyUnfriendlyViolence -- Tons. Kevin's character's evisceration in the prologue is a highlight.]]
highlight.
** [[spoiler:WhatMeasureIsANonCute WhatMeasureIsANonCute -- Tugg kills a snarling animal in the dark -- then [[spoiler:then is horrified to learn it was a Panda, panda, as he's done adorable ads with Pandas pandas for a wildlife conservation group. Doesn't stop there, as he skins the panda and ''wears its head'' as a GoingNative ensemble he creates for himself.]]
10th Feb '17 4:27:33 PM CumbersomeTercel
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Movie producer Les Grossman is in need of an [[OscarBait award-winning movie]] and decides to make the best and most expensive VietnamWar movie ever. He hires rookie director Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) and five ''very'' different actors, who cause quite a stir in the press due to their very different backgrounds:

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Movie producer Les Grossman is in need of an [[OscarBait award-winning movie]] and decides to make the best and most expensive VietnamWar movie ever. He hires rookie director Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) (Creator/SteveCoogan) and five ''very'' different actors, who cause quite a stir in the press due to their very different backgrounds:



Naturally, nothing goes as planned, much to Cockburn's frustration. In a matter of days, the movie is way over budget and the actors won't cooperate. Having finally become fed up with the actors, and following the suggestions of the film's subject and consultant John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Nick Nolte), he decides to drop the actors in the jungle and simulate realistic warfare, hoping to get real emotions from them. This plan drives production even further off the rails when the cast runs afoul of a Laotian drug ring known as Flaming Dragon, and the actors end up having to become the soldiers they're playing, despite not knowing how to use their weapons or navigate through the jungle.

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Naturally, nothing goes as planned, much to Cockburn's frustration. In a matter of days, the movie is way over budget and the actors won't cooperate. Having finally become fed up with the actors, and following the suggestions of the film's subject and consultant John "Four Leaf" Tayback (Nick Nolte), (Creator/NickNolte), he decides to drop the actors in the jungle and simulate realistic warfare, hoping to get real emotions from them. This plan drives production even further off the rails when the cast runs afoul of a Laotian drug ring known as Flaming Dragon, and the actors end up having to become the soldiers they're playing, despite not knowing how to use their weapons or navigate through the jungle.



* AllStarCast: In-universe. The movie being filmed contains a comedy star, a high-profile rapper, an Academy Award winner and a former action hero. Of course, the real cast should not be counted out: Creator/BenStiller, Creator/RobertDowneyJr, Creator/JackBlack, Creator/TomCruise, Creator/JayBaruchel, Creator/NickNolte, Creator/MatthewMcConaughey, Danny [=McBride=] and Steve Coogan.



** All over the place, you can almost see the actors as themselves in a less meta movie. All of the actors have elements of themselves, with only marginal changes (usually [[CompositeCharacter combining elements of other famous actors]]). Jeff Portnoy has Jack Black's personality, but stars in movies of the style popularized by Mike Myers or Creator/EddieMurphy. Arguably, Portnoy is a parody of what Black ''could'' end up becoming if he doesn't watch where he's cast. Creator/RobertDowneyJr is critically acclaimed and gets too into his job.
** The main exception (and something often commented upon) is that Ben Stiller mostly plays comedic roles, not {{Action Hero}}es. TomCruise's cameo PlayingAgainstType was part of the joke, but has probably never played a character this... in-your-face. With the possible exception of ''Film/{{Magnolia}}''...

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** All over the place, you can almost see the actors as themselves in a less meta movie. All of the actors have elements of themselves, with only marginal changes (usually [[CompositeCharacter combining elements of other famous actors]]). Jeff Portnoy has Jack Black's personality, but stars in movies of the style popularized by Mike Myers Creator/MikeMyers or Creator/EddieMurphy. Arguably, Portnoy is a parody of what Black ''could'' end up becoming if he doesn't watch where he's cast. Creator/RobertDowneyJr is critically acclaimed and gets too into his job.
** The main exception (and something often commented upon) is that Ben Stiller mostly plays comedic roles, not {{Action Hero}}es. TomCruise's Creator/TomCruise's cameo PlayingAgainstType was part of the joke, but has probably never played a character this... in-your-face. With the possible exception of ''Film/{{Magnolia}}''...
21st Jan '17 12:56:30 AM 3rdStringPG
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** Les Grossman's look appears to be based on Tom Cruise's fellow Brat Packers Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen's facial hair and prosthetic balding heads from the 2000 film ''Rated X'', where they played similarly foul-mouthed pornography moguls Jim and Artie Mitchell.
13th Jan '17 3:29:17 PM trulymadmoves
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* ArtisticLicenseAwards: At the end of the film, Kirk presents the Academy Award for Best Actor to [[spoiler: Tugg]]. However, the award for Best Actor is presented by the winner of Best ''Actress'' from the previous year.

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* ArtisticLicenseAwards: At the end of the film, Kirk presents the Academy Award for Best Actor to [[spoiler: Tugg]]. However, the award for Best Actor is presented by the winner of Best ''Actress'' from the previous year. Possibly subverted, as it's AllThereInTheManual that Kirk actually ''has'' won an Oscar for Best Actress. Of course, that he was ever nominated for Best Actress at all comes back around to artistic license.
4th Dec '16 7:53:44 AM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Kevin has a mild case of this, as he admits to barely dating, and was hoping the movie would help him get laid.
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