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A SOMETIMES hilarious send-up of self-absorbed film stars and gung-ho war movies.
Pampered actors hit big trouble making a movie about the Vietnam War.
They are attacked by a drug lord who mistakes them for narcotics enforcement agents.
In 2008, Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed and starred in this exuberant mayhem.
He plays fading action hero Tugg Speedman. This dimwit’s co-stars are flatulent, heroin addict Jeff Portnoy alias Jack Black, and Oscar-obsessed Aussie ham actor Kirk Lazarus, alias Robert Downey Jr.
Downey gets most laughs as a method actor so dedicated he has his skin surgically dyed to play a black GI.
A laugh-out-loud high spot is a flashback to Downey in Satan’s Alley, that won the MTV award for Best Kiss. In this saga of forbidden love, mediaeval monks exchange lustful glances and hungry lip-twitches as they fondle each other’s rosaries.
In Vietnam, Steve Coogan plays neurotic director Damien Cockburn, who runs out of cash and temporarily abandons his stars to raise fresh funds.
Radio Times said: “The gags are sometimes silly but often brilliant, spoofing every war movie cliché without undermining the thrill of the adventure.”
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