30: Tropic Thunder

This week, let’s be controversial with Ben Stiller’s 2008 action-movie satire, Tropic Thunder! How do we talk about comedy? Is friction inherently interesting? Who can stick the landing on double-reverse satire?

Content warning: discussions of racism, ableism, antisemitism, hate speech, drug use, gun violence, military violence, gore, misogyny, profanity

Unanswered Questions:

  • Which of the controversial elements of the film have aged the worst? Which have aged the best?
  • Is Stiller a convincing leading man?
  • Should Robert Downey Jr. have been nominated for the Academy Award?

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