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The world's deadliest CIA operatives who are also inseparable partners and best friends… until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.
Comedy Action Romantic - While the title suggests more of an action film like most of director
McG's other work, this is also just as equally a romantic comedy like
a lot of the popular work of leading lady Reese Witherspoon. She and
her leading men Chris Pine and Tom Hardy get to show off their comic
ability here while the latter two also show their action hero chops.
Other familiar faces like Angela Bassett have little to do.
Suggestive humor and violence make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 5 S-words, a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief, clothed sensuality. VIOLENCE: Fights and shootings, all with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent humor. ACTION: Shoutouts, fights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: Comic banter and wisecracks, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average This Means War is not funny enough to succeed as a comedy. It's not emotionally deft enough to succeed as a romance. And it's not exciting enough to succeed as an action film. It's a high-energy, fast-paced explosion of moments that can be edited together to make a compelling trailer.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average If there's anything I hate more than a stupid action comedy, it's an incompetent stupid action comedy. It's not so bad it's good. It's so bad it's nothing else but bad.
USA TodayFull Review Average The story truly falls apart during a climactic extended chase sequence involving a Russian bad guy who shows up early on but disappears for most of the movie. And the resolution of the torn-between-two-lovers tale seems more expedient than believable. This Means War isn't exactly hell, but it's far from heavenly.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 165 moviegoers:
Critic's rated "This Means War" in the average range. Moviegoers certainly rated it much higher, so don't believe the critics. Only a small percentage, of both the males and females, rated it average, or lower. Most enjoyed it very much, with a very large percentage loving it. You'll definitely want to see "This Means War."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster, better known as FDR (Chris Pine), is handsome,
suave, and self-assured, and possesses a preternatural ability to attract
beautiful women. His best friend and partner James, better known as Tuck
(Tom Hardy), is ruggedly good-looking and dangerous, but not nearly as skilled at
romantic matters. Together, their unrivaled flair, formidable covert abilities,
and good looks, make them the best of the best among CIA agents. But FDR and
Tuck's longstanding personal and professional bond is put to the test when they
unwittingly begin dating the same woman.
That would be Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon), a senior product evaluator for a
leading consumer advocate publication. She has a far-reaching knowledge of
products ranging from ovens to smartphones, and is a skilled leader at her
workplace. What Lauren is not good at is meeting men, until her best pal Trish
(Chelsea Handler) takes matters into her own hands and signs Lauren to an
on-line dating service - which Tuck had recently, and reluctantly, joined.
Tuck and Lauren's first date is full of sparks and promise. After they say their
goodbyes, Lauren wanders into a video store, where, coincidentally, FDR is
looking for yet another romantic conquest. Unaware that Lauren has just met
Tuck, FDR is intrigued when she blows off his advances. Lauren ultimately gives
in to his charming "won't-take-no-for-an-answer" tactics, and agrees to a date.
Lauren can't believe her good luck. She's gone from being alone to dating two
gorgeous, perfect men. Meanwhile, the guys are quick to realize they're deeply
attracted to the same woman and their competitive instincts kick in. Ground
rules are established. May the best man win. Friends become foes, and every
covert trick in the book is deployed.