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THE BUZZ

 

     Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Steve Coogan, Nick Nolte, and so, so many others star in a meta, big-budget action comedy co-written, co-produced, and directed by Ben Stiller. This is seriously an ambitious, complicated movie which cements Ben Stiller as immensely talented, as opposed to untalented and immensely lucky (that would be Adam Sandler). The movie begins with a bunch of fake trailers, and proceeds to be a deftly interwoven comedic tale about a combination of....for lack of a better word, interesting characters attempting to save their careers by making a war movie based on a true story. The problem is that the guerilla style of filming has placed them in a jungle on an island that is (unknown to the actors) loaded with vicious cartel members, causing them to fight for their lives. This film really is a comedic work of art. The only comedy I've ever seen that comes close to being this grandiose was The Other Guys, and as much as I love that movie as well, Tropic Thunder just has so much varied, amazing content in its insanely long 106 minutes, that I'm not sure any movie that meant to be funny has ever been quite as large of an undertaking (Battlefield Earth didn't mean to be funny). If you haven't seen it, you need to.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     All of it. The various characters are all played by very talented, funny actors who deliver amazing performances and are all charismatic enough that they share the stage equally. Between a method actor in blackface, a career-stalled action star, a rising rapstar struggling with understanding his sexuality, a low-brow comedian who's super addicted to drugs....you know what, the list of notable, funny characters could easily be another six lines, so I'll just let you see for yourself. I usually don't mention it in these reviews, but the characters all develop very well over the course of the movie; not typically something you expect out of an over-the-top laugh venture. There are tons and tons of cameos, too; some of them jaw-droppingly well done. The cinematography obviously is great, because for that budget, you'd have to put some effort into fucking it up. The soundtrack is also great; reminiscent of the classic rock styling that seems to always coincide with war movies in jungles, so it's an excellent reference. Most importantly, this movie is funny. It's really funny. And the quantity of jokes is so great, you're almost guaranteed to miss stuff on the first viewing or two. Only the Blood and Cornetto trilogy is more densely-packed comedy.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     If you're easy to offend, you probably should, as a rule, avoid any movie we recommend on this website. This is one of them.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Large Party, Casual Gathering, Guy's Night

 

     Really, this movie can work for almost any event. It's clever, star-studded, gripping, genuine, well-produced, and funny. However, if you're wanting a heavy dose of gun shots, explosions, and well-delivered catchphrases with your comedy, you likely are trying to please an easily distracted crowd. So it works great for large events. Alternatively, it's pretty much required guy viewing, so if you (or your friends) haven't seen it, it's mandatory. Go forth and spread the good news.

 

DRINK:

 

Once each time an in-universe product or movie is mentioned

Twice each time a gun is fired

One shot for each explosion

(I AM BECOME SIMPLE JACK mode) Disregard all other rules; take a shot for each celebrity you can name the first time they show up onscreen

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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