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2008-08-17 18:00:29

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot THE PRODUCERS of "Tropic Thunder" have spent $90 million producing a spoof of action movies - specifically, Vietnam flicks, such as "Apocalypse Now" and "Platoon." Is this a sign that we are, at long last, able to put that controversial conflict behind us? Can we now laugh? The humor, though, is pointed more at the vagaries of Hollywood than at anything approximating the real world. Yes, there are some hilarious moments as well as some...

2008-08-15 12:00:39

By Jason Foster If comedies could be judged solely on their potential to be funny, then "Tropic Thunder" could've been the "Citizen Kane" of the genre. With a cast that includes Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. and a made-up and overweight Tom Cruise, it would seem the laughs should be as plentiful as vines in the jungle. Alas, potential does not a good movie make. But while "Tropic Thunder" won't go down as a comedy classic, it's not void of laughs either. Stiller...

2008-08-15 06:00:27

By Manohla Dargis Tropic Thunder Directed by Ben Stiller, U.S. Reviewed by Manohla Dargis * Despite what you may have read lately, the biggest target of ridicule in "Tropic Thunder," a flashy, nasty, on-and-off funny and assaultive sendup of the film industry, is not the mentally retarded. Rather, the true targets of this extreme comedy's free-flowing contempt are the stars, makers, brokers, miscellaneous supplicants and even die-hard fans of the movies, who are all portrayed...

2008-08-14 18:00:28

By ROGER MOORE The Orlando Sentinel "Tropic Thunder" is Ben Stiller's "Apocalypse Now." After this, nobody will dare make another Vietnam War epic. After this, the sound of choppers, the slang and the POW camps will just be punch lines. Stiller rounded up a cast of A-listers, took them to Hawaii and blew up $90 million worth of stuff. He made a movie about making a movie, and it's a riot. There's the dim-witted action star (Stiller) who still smarts that he's never been good enough to...

2008-08-14 15:00:00

By AL ALEXANDER MOVIE REVIEW It's fitting that the summer of Robert Downey Jr. end with the formerly troubled thespian playing an actor named Lazarus. Downey has indeed risen from the dead, transcending his cocaine-fueled run- ins with the law by delivering stellar work of late in everything from the criminally ignored "Charlie Bartlett" to his pedal to the metal superheroics in "Iron Man." Yet it's his mesmerizing work in Ben Stiller's "Tropic Thunder," a raucous send up of filmdom in...

2008-08-14 15:00:41

By HARVY LIPMAN, STAFF WRITER The Arc of Bergen and Passaic Counties is joining with advocacy groups around the country in calling for a boycott of the film "Tropic Thunder," which opens in theaters today, over the repeated use of the word "retard" to describe a character in the movie. "It's a really degrading, horrible reference to a person with a disability," said Kathy Walsh, president of the Hackensack-based chapter of the Arc, a national group that helps people with intellectual and...

2008-08-14 09:00:45

I get the sensitivity to the word "retard" (Readers' Forum, Aug. 12). It shouldn't be used as a joke. But to talk about boycotting a movie because it uses the word is the real joke. The whole joke of the movie is to make fun of people in Hollywood, including how they talk. Robert Downey Jr. plays a black man for crying out loud. I, for one, will see this movie opening day because it looks amazingly funny. I also know it's a comedy and supposed to be taken lightly. Caleb Pace Sandy (c)...

2008-08-14 00:00:00

By Jeff Simon Tom Cruise, man, Tom Cruise. Never count a man out when he's got the kind of friends Cruise obviously has. Just when it looked as if Cruise's career was about to take a slo- mo public dive off the nearest bridge, here he comes in a cameo in Ben Stiller's hilarious "Tropic Thunder" that isn't just in-your- face, grotesque and fall-down funny but is really quite brilliant besides. (For those who doubt Cruise's capacity to be brilliant, see "Magnolia" and "Jerry Maguire.")...

2008-08-14 00:00:29

By Sally Kalson Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Anyone who thought the new Ben Stiller comedy film "Tropic Thunder" would spark a backlash over Robert Downey Jr.'s role in blackface was half right. There is a backlash, but not about Downey's character. It's about the word "retard," which is so reviled in disabilities circles -- and beyond -- that many will refer to it only as "the 'R' word." The label is used repeatedly in the film, prompting denunciation by 22 disabilities groups who say it...

2008-08-14 00:00:29

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES -- When Robert Downey Jr. put on dark make-up for film comedy "Tropic Thunder," the actor ventured into the racially charged territory of blackface, an old showbiz convention that is no laughing matter. Downey said he initially worried that his portrayal of a white actor playing a black man could hurt his career, and he bristled at being given what he thought would be the most controversial role in the film directed by Ben Stiller. But so far, "Tropic...


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  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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