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Tropic Thunder is Great, Of Course.

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn August 8, 2008 at 6:30AM

Tropic Thunder is Great, Of Course.


Can you expect anything different from Ben Stiller, one of the most slyly subversive comedy filmmakers in recent years?

Not everyone sees it this way, but I've always found Stiller as a writer-director to possesses a keen awareness of his work's superficial appearance as puffy studio movies, while simultaneously probing deeper issues with scathing insight. As I explain in my review, Tropic Thunder is not an exception to this trend -- it's the culmination of it.