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TROPIC THUNDER [Audio commentary,Theatrical Version]

TROPIC THUNDER <span>[Audio commentary,Theatrical Version]</span> artwork

TROPIC THUNDER [Audio commentary,Theatrical Version]

Type of media Video

Approved Running time 102m 20s

Ratings Info Contains strong language, sex references and comic bloody violence

Director(s) Ben Stiller

Cast includes Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr, Brandon T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Danny R. McBride, Steve Coogan, Bill Hader, Nick Nolte, Brandon Soo Hoo, Reggie Lee, Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 02/10/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TROPIC THUNDER is a comedy adventure film that has been passed '15' for its strong language, sex references, drug references and comic bloody violence.

The comic bloody violence is mostly confined to the early part of the film and is clearly set up to be a spoof of most action war films. The strongest moment is an accidental death that is mistaken by the characters in the scene for a special effect. There is some very strong blood and gore in the scene which is meant as a gross-out comedy moment for the audience. There is no dwelling on the infliction of the injury and the comedy provides a mitigating context that allows the strong gore to be contained at '15' under the terms of the Guidelines for violence and horror at '15'.

The strong language consists of more than 50 examples. At '15' the Guidelines state that there may be frequent use of strong language.

Throughout the film one of the characters is shown to be a drug addict although he does not have access to drugs and so there is no actual drug taking shown in the film. However, a jungle heroin factory provides the film's climactic location and there are shots of large piles of drugs that are, in keeping with the rest of the film's style, grossly exaggerated and used only for comic effect. There is certainly no activity that either promotes or encourages drug use.

TROPIC THUNDER also contains some strong sex references, most notably when the addict character is undergoing withdrawal symptoms and makes some graphic remarks by way of solicitation to a character he believes to be gay. The Guidelines at '15' allow for 'strong verbal references to sexual behaviour' and these remarks come well within this rubric.

Finally, there are some potential offence issues in the film which tries to send up most film-making conventions as well as most politically correct ideas. Consequently one of the 'actors' within the film is shown to have once made a film as a mentally retarded man and several spoof scenes from this film are shown. In addition, one of the principal 'actors' is a white man who has 'blacked up' for the role in the film-within-a-film. The comic absurdities of these characters are played out to the full but could be misconstrued as offensive.


Title Information
Audio commentary,Theatrical Version
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK)
Classified date(s)
Main language
Submitted run time
102m 20s
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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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