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What might be the funniest war movie that wasn’t really a war movie ever made–and a glorious bit of Hollywood meta action–is Tropic Thunder. Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr. in the funniest role of the year, and Tom Cruise, even, rocking like he hasn’t rocked since Magnolia. The commentary alone in which Downey is still in character–is worth the price of admission. Trust us, you want to win this. And you’ve got three chances, amigos. So enter–and enter once a day–then go and enter all our other contests once a day, because we’re crazy enough to let you–and if we draw your name, you win. Sweet.
Written by: Etan Cohen, Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux, based on a story by Stiller & Theroux
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, Steve Coogan
My Advice: Matinee
Tropic Thunder is Hollywood’s latest big budget war film and it means different things to different people. Tugg Speedman (Stiller) sees it as a way to revitalize his career after his signature franchise has cooled off (literally and figuratively) and his attempt at Oscar-bait backfired in a big way. Kirk Lazarus (Downey) sees it as a path towards his sixth Oscar. Jeff Portnoy (Black) sees it as the thing most comedians do: go for drama as a way to get legitimized as an actor. Director Damien Cockburn (Coogan) is a first-time helmer and sees the film as a way to launch him into the big leagues. But they ever expected it to become much more (and much less) than a Hollywood film–which it does, when Cockburn decides to make it real for his actors in order to save the troubled production.
The reason there’s a sequel to this film is obvious: a $532 million box office take worldwide. The sequel is called Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which confirms the demographic they’re shooting for is anyone who thinks having the numeral 2 in the title like that is clever.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer and Andy Richter all return. New to the cast are: Bernie Mac as Ben Stiller’s dad, Mufasa; Sherri Shepherd from The View as Ben Stiller’s mom, Sarabi; Alec Baldwin as Scar, a challenger to Bernic Mac’s throne. Hmm. I might have mixed up the names.
Plan R Soundtracks has released the soundtrack to The Heartbreak Kid, the latest Farrelly Brothers flick. You’ve got 14 new tracks (full list below), which includes exclusive new songs by The Flaming Lips and Buva.
Here’s what they have to say:
In The Heartbreak Kid, single and indecisive Eddie (Ben Stiller) begins dating the incredibly sexy and seemingly fabulous Lila. Upon the urging of his father and best friend, Eddie proposes to her after only a week, fearing this may be his last chance at love, marriage, and happiness. However, while on their honeymoon in sunny Mexico, Lila reveals her true beyond-awful nature and Eddie meets Miranda, the woman he realizes to be his actual soul mate. Eddie must keep his new, increasingly horrid wife at bay as he attempts to woo the girl of his dreams.
It’s a shame Heat Vision and Jack was never picked up. I would have watched the hell out of this. Starring Jack Black as the astronaut with a secret, Owen Wilson as the voice of his talking motorcycle, and Ron Silver as his own evil self, it’s just pure comedy gold from the twisted cranium of Ben Stiller.
Written and Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long, Stephen Root, Joel Moore, Chris Williams, Alan Tudyk, Jason Bateman, and Hank Azaria
- Running audio commentary with actors Stiller &Vaughn and writer/director Thurber
- Deleted/extended scenes and alternate ending with optional commentary by Thurber
- DVD-ROM Content: Dodgeball Screenplay
- Gag reel
Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
My Advice: At the very least, rent it…
Written by: Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Gene Hackman, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston
- Running audio commentary with director Anderson
- Theatrical trailers
- “With the Filmmaker”, where they follow Anderson around on set
- Video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage with the cast members
- Behind-the-scenes easter eggs
- “The Peter Bradley Show,” interviews with other cast members
- “The Art of the Movie,” covers the murals and paintings from the show, still photos, info on painter Miguel CalderÃ³n, and storyboards
- Booklet contains “Young Richie’s” drawings by Eric Anderson and an essay on Anderson’s films
- Cut scenes
Released by: Touchstone Pictures
My Advice: Own It.