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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jeff Simon Tom Cruise, man, Tom Cruise. Never count a man out when he's got the kind of friends Cruise obviously has.
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.
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.