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Tropic Thunder

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Source: Catholic News Service

Relentlessly vulgar and only fitfully funny action comedy about a group of washed-up movie actors (Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. among them) who think they're making a big-budget war movie in Vietnam, but actually find themselves facing off against ruthless heroin dealers. Co-writer and director Stiller's premise must have seemed better on paper, but despite some sharp jibes here and there, and a game cast that includes Matthew McConaughey and a wildly out-of-character Tom Cruise, the frenetic satire never quite reconciles its uncertain tone between Hollywood sendup and genuinely brutal adventure. Nonstop rough language and profanity, crass expressions, strong violence and gore, torture, brief irreverence, drug use, scatological humor and frank sexual references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O—morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 years requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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