30 May 2012 2:59 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – McG’s “This Means War” could’ve been an interesting comedy if it had actually been about the undeniable love between its two male leads. Not since Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” has a film so blatantly portrayed the homoerotic tendencies within close male friendships. Yet by denying its own subtext, the film is ultimately as clueless and insufferable as its one-note characters.

Fdr (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are CIA operatives who fall for the same woman, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), and resort to all sorts of high tech humiliations to sabotage each other’s romance. Yet neither man’s feelings for Lauren appear to have any semblance of substance. Their competitive spirit mirrors the insecurity of frat boys who boast about the number of women they’ve slept with. Fdr and Tuck are so obsessed with each other’s sex lives that it’s clear that they just want to sleep together. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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