TROPIC THUN­DER

ELEVEN, Tues­day, 8.30pm, M ( 2008)

Geelong Advertiser - TV Guide - - MOVIES -

Ben Stiller’s starstud­ded send- up of pam­pered Hol­ly­wood ac­tors and out- of- con­trol ac­tion films dares to tread ter­ri­tory laden with mine­fields. Ev­ery­one from Tom Cruise to Jack Black is in on the joke as Stiller pokes fun at the ex­cesses of show­busi­ness through the mak­ing of the most ex­pen­sive war film ever. But it’s Robert Downey Jr ( pic­tured), as a method ac­tor who un­der­goes a “pig­men­ta­tion pro­ce­dure” to play a black man, who steals the spot­light of this of­fender. Out­ra­geously funny even if some of the Hol­ly­wood in- jokes fall flat.

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