Posts Tagged ‘Tropic Thunder’

Rain Man – Minute Movie Review

Freitag, Oktober 1st, 2010


Not exactly successful car dealer Tom Cruise isn’t very sad when his father dies. But when he hears that he left all his money to a formerly unknown brother, who is severely autistic, Cruise more or less kidnaps his brother to get at the money. But naturally, things don’t quite work out this way in this classic drama about brothers, life, autism and Dustin Hoffman’s acting abilities. Though not quite as brilliant as I remembered, the film still holds up reasonably well more than twenty years after its release.

Random Observations:

Rain Man at the IMDb

In the farm house scene, where they go to watch “People’s Court”, Beth Grant plays the mother. I honestly did not recognize her. How embarrassing.

Dustin Hoffman won an Oscar for his performance, the starting point for the famous “full retard” speech from the solid comedy Tropic Thunder.

I was inspired to watch this film again by the casino/card-counting scene from The Hangover, that was a clear homage to this film.

It’s funny what you remember from films that you haven’t seen in many years. I completely forgot about Cruise’s girlfriend and I could have sworn that the last scene was different – but the scene in my mind was only alluded to throughout the film. “Dad let’s my drive slow in the driveway. I’m an excellent driver.”

Minute Movie Review – Tropic Thunder

Mittwoch, Mai 13th, 2009


A movie about the making of a movie, Tropic Thunder tells the story of what happens when a novice director sets out to make the most expensive war movie. The comedy written and directed by and starring Ben Stiller, manages to poke fun at Hollywood and movie-making as well as the nature of celebrity and acting. The film drew some criticism for having a white actor appear in Black Face and the heavy use of the word “retard”, but since both occur to make jokes at the expense of neither black people nor mentally handicapped people, it is undeserved and should not distract from your enjoyment of a solid comedy.

Random Observations:

Tropic Thunder at

The movie starts with fake trailers for movies starring the main actors. Method actor Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.) is in a film about a gay monk, starring “Five Times Academy Award Winner Kirk Lazarus and Teen Choice Award Winner for Best Kiss Tobey Maguire”. I knew I was going to enjoy that movie when I heard that.

Especially funny is Tom Cruise’s performance as a overweight, balding, “slightly” crazy Studio Mogul. Cruise is barely recognizable in the make-up.

I’m not a big fan of Jack Black, but when he is set opposite actors that calm, his “bubbly personality” is bearable. That doesn’t make, however, the “jokes” for which the film uses him the least bit funny.