* AwardSnub: The scene-stealing performance of Creator/TomCruise as Les Grossman never even got a mention at the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]].
* ComedyGhetto: Averted. Creator/RobertDowneyJr. got an Oscar nomination for his performance, and both he and Creator/TomCruise also got Golden Globe nominations.
* CriticalResearchFailure: The "full retard" speech has one -- Creator/PeterSellers ''didn't'' win the Oscar for ''Film/BeingThere'', as he lost to Creator/DustinHoffman in ''Film/KramerVsKramer''. Apparently the filmmakers got wind of the mistake, since the relevant lines are not in the director's cut.
* CrossesTheLineTwice:
** 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."
** All of the mock commercials. In particular, Alpa's "Booty Sweat" energy drink and Portnoy's ''Fatties'' film series, which appears to be basically an endless succession of fart jokes.
** Kirk Lazarus....just the whole ''idea'' of Kirk Lazarus. A white American actor playing a black man is horribly offensive and outdated....but a white American actor playing a white Australian actor playing a ''black'' American actor playing a black man is some kind of twisted genius.
** Les Grossman lives and breathes this trope and every other sentence that comes out of his mouth is either criminally intimidating or outrageously offensive, often both. He gets away with it because he's just so over-the-top hilarious.
* DracoInLeatherPants: 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!
* EarWorm:
** '''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!!!'''
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Creator/TomCruise's character surprisingly steals the entire movie as the most badass producer ever filmed. 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.
* FountainOfMemes: Les Grossman and Kirk Lazarus.
* GeniusBonus: The song that plays while Lazarus and Maguire suggestively fondle each other's rosaries and react to each other is no generic techno track. It's "Sadeness (Part 1)" by Music/{{Enigma}}, a chart-topping single from 1990. Its use is no coincidence: The song, in French with Gregorian chants in Latin, criticizes the sexual and religious views of the legendary Creator/MarquisDeSade, the AnythingThatMoves French nobleman known as a figure of UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution for his utterly pornographic and blasphemous works. When he wasn't screwing everything with a hole in it - or in some cases [[BodyHorror making holes for himself to screw]] - he was blaspheming against the Catholic Church. Far from being generic, the choice of music had to be deliberate.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Cruise's cameo as Les Grossman is hilarious. Then you remember his notoriously close relationship with Scientology leader David Miscavige, who has been accused of such behavior with a side of assault on his own underlings. [[Film/GoingClear And Cruise has been accused of copying that behavior]].
** While being a film producer with a temper could be a reference to ''any'' film producer, Grossman seems to be a parody of Harvey Weinstein in particular given his physical appearance (being balding, overweight, and having a scraggy beard). Then the 2017 sexual harassment cases happened. Combining that with Harvey's tendency to edit films without the approval of their directors, Grossman comes off as the NICE version of Weinstein.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** Less than two years after ''Tropic Thunder'' was released, the very white Creator/GerardDepardieu was cast to play the author Creator/AlexandreDumas (who had an African grandparent and was known to his friends as "Le Negre") in a biopic. [[http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article7026786.ece Guess what happened]].
** The "full retard" speech is hilarious 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 Creator/RobertDowneyJr. himself got a nomination for his role in this film.
** The "full retard" speech is also hilarious in that RDJ also immediately went on to make a movie where he played a character trying to nurture an InspirationallyDisadvantaged cellist in ''The Cellist''.
** "Everyone's gay once in a while! This is Hollywood!". Creator/TomHardy apparently [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/28/inception-star-tom-hardy_n_662907.html shares this opinion]].
** The "I'm a dude" line (again by RDJ's character) ends up as this thanks to two of his subsequent roles: [[spoiler: first was his "stealthy" pursuit (fake nose and all)]] in ''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes|2009}}'', and second was [[spoiler:with the reveal of Iron Man's [[MetaMecha Hulkbuster]] armor]] in ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
** The "Satan's Alley" trailer, where Downey's character carries an illicit relationship with a character played by Creator/TobeyMaguire, best known for his portrayal of Franchise/SpiderMan in the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy'', is even funnier after ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' had Downey's character Iron Man acting as a mentor to Spider-Man (albeit with the latter having changed actors).
** A small one as the film is distributed by [=DreamWorks=] and stars both Creator/JackBlack and Creator/JayBaruchel, both of whom went on to voice the main character in two of [=DreamWorks=] most successful animated franchises, ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon.''
* MagnificentBastard: Les Grossman, which is summed up at the end: "Eight Oscars, $400 million dollars, and you saved Tugg Speedman's career."
* MemeticMutation:
** "I'M A LEAD FARMER, MOTHERFUCKER!"
** "You just went ''full'' retard, man. ''Never'' go full retard," and by extension, the use of "Never go full X," (example: "Never go full Umbrella Corporation") snowclones.
** "'''I KNOW WHO I AM!''' I'm a dude playin' a dude disguised as another dude!"
** "What do you mean, 'you people?'" "What do ''you'' mean, 'you people?'"
* NauseaFuel: Speedman playing with [[spoiler:Cockburn's]] head. Literally.
-->'''Tugg:''' ''[regarding [[spoiler:Cockburn's blood]], which he thinks is fake]'' It's CORN SYRUP! ...Warm... blood-flavored... corn syrup... BUT STILL CORN SYRUP!
* RetroactiveRecognition: Peck's secretary, glimpsed for only a second as he blocks her out of his call with Tugg, is played by Yvette Nicole Brown of ''Series/{{Community}}''.
* ValuesDissonance: One of the fastest examples ever; while the accusations that the film was mocking mentally handicapped people were generally misplaced, the furore created by the whole thing is credited in having played a big part in rapidly propelling the word "retard" from being commonly used as a synonym for "dumb" to being considered an extremely offensive term on par with most racial or homophobic insults. About the only reason why it's still considered even vaguely acceptable to quote the "full retard" speech these days is due to a combination of GrandfatherClause, the fact that the scene actually is parodying the attitude many actors take towards OscarBait roles, and that the speech CrossesTheLineTwice.
* WinBackTheCrowd:
** Creator/TomCruise's performance in this film played a big role in helping him bounce back from the laughingstock he'd become as Hollywood's primary Scientology mouthpiece in the previous few years.
** Creator/RobertDowneyJr as well, as this, ''Film/IronMan1'', and ''Film/{{Sherlock Holmes|2009}}'' are considered to be the films that made him undergo a CareerResurrection.
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