Writing in the Staten Island Advance, reviewer Todd Hill says he’s enjoyed lots of raunchy humor in his day, but the use of the word “retard” in “Tropic Thunder” was beyond crude and offensive. Here’s an excerpt from his review:
… The line was firmly crossed for us with the recurring jokes about a movie Ben Stiller’s character had starred in, “Simple Jack,” in which he plays a “retard.” Now, how is this different from Tom Hanks in “Forrest Gump” or Dustin Hoffman in “Rain Man?” It’s in the context, it’s the decision to use mental disabilities as a source for humor, it’s simply the use of that word. The tagline for the fictional film is, “Once Upon a Time There Was a Retard.”
Sorry, Mr. Stiller and DreamWorks (distributor of “Tropic Thunder”), but that’s too much. It’s offensive. You’ve crossed the line, you’ve hit the wall. And in so doing you may have initiated the beginning of the end for the R-rated comedy, at least for a while.
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(Promotional image from Staten Island Advance)