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YMMV: Tropic Thunder
  • Comedy Ghetto: SMASHED. Robert Downey Jr. got an Oscar nomination for his performance!
    • Both he and Tom Cruise also got Golden Globe nominations.
  • Critical Research Failure: The "full retard" speech has one — Peter Sellers didn't win the Oscar for Being There, as he lost to Dustin Hoffman in Kramer Vs Kramer. Apparently the filmmakers got wind of the mistake, since the relevant lines are not in the director's cut.
    • In-Universe: Tugg confuses the Teen Choice Awards with the Kids Choice Awards by saying that Kevin would be slimed.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Well... okay. While there are a few instances of this, most of the time it's more crossing the line and going on for about seventeen more miles, never looking back. See also Refuge in Audacity.
    • The script called for Tran's tattoo on his chest to be of a "flaming dragon raping a monkey, raping a skull, raping a rat."
    • Let's be real: if this movie didn't cross the line multiple times, it would not be HALF as funny and awesome as it is.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Les Grossman. A foul-mouthed, greedy jerkass executive producer who leaves one of his actors to die at the hands of a gang, yet became so popular and beloved that he will even get to be the focus of a possible sequel!
  • Ear Worm: SHAWTY GOT DEM APPLE BOTTOM JEANS
    • GET BACK, MUTHAFUCKA, YOU DON'T KNOW ME LIKE THAT!
    • ALPA CHINO GOT DAT PUSSY CONTROL!
      • ALPA CHINO'S BOOTY SWEAT: POP AN ASSSSS OPEN!!!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Tom Cruise's character surprisingly steals the entire movie as the most badass producer ever filmed. He's even getting his own movie.
    • It's pretty damn hard to top a rant like the "Fuck Your Own Face" speech. Even more hilarious is the guy's expression on the other side of the telephone.
    • "Big-Ass Titties" Cody.
  • Fountain of Memes: Les Grossman and Kirk Lazarus.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Kevin Sandusky, just for sharing a last name with an infamous child molester.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Less than two years after Tropic Thunder was released, the very white Gerad Depardieu was cast to play the author Alexandre Dumas (who had an African grandparent and was known to his friends as "Le Negre") in a biopic. Guess what happened.
    • The full retard speech is hilarous for the fact that Penn won a Oscar (albeit not for a handicapped person, but still) the same year the film was released. And also that Robert Downey Jr. himself got a nomination for his role in this film.
    • "Everyone's gay once and a while! This is Hollywood!". Tom Hardy apparently shares this opinion.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Les Grossman, which is summed up at the end: "Eight Oscars, $400 million dollars, and you saved Tugg Speedman's career."
  • Memetic Mutation: Just about any line that comes out of Kirk Lazarus and Les Grossman's mouths.
    • I'M A LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER!
    • You just went full retard, man. You never go full retard.
    • I'm a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!
    • What do you mean, "you people?"
      • What do you mean, "you people?"
  • Nausea Fuel: Speedman playing with Cockburn's head. Literally.
    Tugg: "It's CORN SYRUP!! ...Warm... blood-flavored... corn syrup... BUT STILL CORN SYRUP!"

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