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This Means War (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Romance  |  17 February 2012 (USA)
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Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie (as Abigail Leigh Spencer)


Two CIA agents, Tuck and Frank who are also best friends, have been benched because someone's after them. Tuck is divorced with a son whom he's not close to and Frank is a ladies man. Tuck decides to try and find someone so he places his profile on a dating website. Lauren, a woman also looking for a guy sees Tuck's profile and goes with him. She later bumps into Frank and he hits on her and she goes out with him. She's intrigued by both of them. When they learn that they're dating the same girl, they agree to let her choose. But both can't help but use their skills to keep tabs on her and each other. And also sabotage each other's dates with her. Written by

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It's SPY against SPY.


Action | Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Esto es guerra!  »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,405,930 (USA) (17 February 2012)


$54,758,461 (USA) (8 June 2012)

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(edited) | (director's cut)

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2.35 : 1
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The scene where Lauren and Trish are shopping for laundry detergent near the beginning of the film was shot at a Canadian Tire store. See more »


The first helicopter shot has a helicopter with a tail-number registered in the USA (USA starts with N). The second shot of the "same" helicopter is of a different helicopter, which has a tail-number starting with OE, which is the registration for the county of Austria. See more »


[first lines]
Man 1: [over comms] All eyes are up.
Man 2: Sat cams are good.
Man 1: Target is inbound.
Man 2: ETA five minutes.
Collins: Mission is a go. Repeat, you are green to go. Intercept and apprehend the Heinrich brothers. Secure the device. And remember, this mission is covert.
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References Marmaduke (2010) See more »


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Written by Arlester Christian (as Christian Arlester), Christopher William Ellul, Spencer Harrison Page, Kelvin Claude Swaby and Daniel Matthew Taylor
Performed by The Heavy
Courtesy of Counter Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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User Reviews

Funny fun time. Entertaining valentines release.
2 February 2012 | by (NC, USA) – See all my reviews

I almost started off hating this movie before I had seen it; I thought the trailer looked like crap, with horrible comedic dialog and premises, but I took the chance on free screening tickets, figuring I could make fun at worst. The film opens with shooting at the hip action and stays pretty entertaining in comedy and delivery. Witherspoon's character's sister (Chelsea Handler) and their interactions are lots of fun. Chris Pine does a good job being semi-typecast and the movie doesn't take itself too seriously. It's way better than expected and I wouldn't have been upset had I paid full price for it. Like a review I read said, it's a romantic movie that guys won't have to be dragged to. Is it a great movie? No. Is it a fun valentines movie? Yes.

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