Tropic Thunder

Theatrical Release: August 13, 2008
Tropic Thunder


In the action-comedy “Tropic Thunder,” Ben Stiller plays pampered action superstar Tugg Speedman, who is cast in the biggest, most expensive war movie ever produced. He sets out to Southeast Asia with a “Who’s Who” of celebrity co-stars. They include Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an intense, three-time Oscar-winning actor; Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), star of the popular gross-out comedy franchise “The Fatties”; multi-platinum hip hop-star-turned-entrepreneur-turned-actor Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson); and first-timer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel). Soon after the production begins the actors are thrown into a real-life situation and are forced to become the fighting unit they’re portraying, in order to find a way out of the jungle in one piece.

Dove Review

This is one of the most offensive movies I have seen in some time. Within the first two minutes there were at least fifteen profanities. I lost count of the bad language after about ten minutes. There was about every imaginable profanity or slang word you can imagine. In one scene a director tells his actors that “This chopper is God, and I am Jesus Christ.” In addition, a man is decapitated and Ben Stiller’s character picks up the head and licks the blood off the neck. You literally see blood and guts a lot in this violent, profane, pointless film. I always try to find something positive to write about these movies which are not Dove “Family-Approved”, but I won’t even bother to try with this one. It’s sad that some films are beginning to constantly attack or make light of the Christian faith. The name “Jesus” or “Christ” was used alongside some pretty sewer-like language. Avoid this one like a shopping mall at Christmas time.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Strong talk of sex and innuendos throughout a lot of the film.
Language: So many profanities and crude and slang words that I lost count.
Violence: Extremely violent and bloody, with hands coming off with blood; a decapitation; man's internal organs fall out from wound and are plainly seen; shooting; a character bites bat's head off; character is repeatedly slapped; explosions.
Drugs: A character's drugs are taken away by a bat; a heroin reference; songs about drugs; a lot of drinking; smoking.
Nudity: Scantily clad women; a character is nude but genital area is not seen; cleavage.
Other: A panda is killed; constant disrespect shown by characters to other characters including authority figure; inappropriate music with sexual overtones.


Company: DreamWorks
Writer: Ben Stiller and Justin Theroux
Director: Ben Stiller
Producer: Stuart Cornfeld
Genre: Action
Runtime: 107 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter