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This Means War (2012)

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A pair of CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.

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Heinrich
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Xenia
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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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It's SPY against SPY.

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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

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17 February 2012 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,405,930, 19 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,760,791, 14 June 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,491,279, 14 June 2012
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The scene where Trish (Chelsea Handler) and Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) are shopping for laundry detergent, near the beginning of the film, was shot at a Canadian Tire store. See more »

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In the early scene where the villains arrive by Helicopter at the party/club, during the fighting the registration number of the helicopter on the pad changes between an OE-EAF (Austrian) Registration and a US N2... Registration. See more »

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[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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Almost incompetent comedy/romance caper
27 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Tuck (Hardy) & FDR Foster (Pine) are top CIA agents, wasting bad guys in Hong Kong one minute (really a poorly concealed set) and then are benched, as they have a killer on their tail (Schweiger), seeking revenge for his dead brother.

Whilst spinning their wheels, your tax dollars at work, their thoughts turn to love. We have two opposites, Foster is a womanizer with an apartment with swimming pool ceiling and beauties drifting past. Tuck meanwhile is hungry for real love, following his estrangement from his wife and young son.

Unaware that they have both met and started dating Lauren (Witherspoon), the best buddies once confronted with this dilemma, decide to let the best man win.

We should then be treated to a comedy romance with slick action sequences, as the pair decide to use all CIA resources at their disposal, to spy on and interrupt each others plans.

Unfortunately the comedy is leaden, there is minimal chemistry between the leads and the action sequences are poor. Tom Hardy does his best but this really is a sinking ship taking down all passengers down, irrespective of class.

Both male characters are either more in love with themselves or each other rather than the token love interest, which makes for a very strange threesome.

The lengths and resources used to track each others movements leave the station marked "preposterous", several stops ago. A drone to follow the couple out driving, which is shot down by a hand gun? Casing the apartment for likes and dislikes, dressed in combat gear, as Lauren dances with a tub of popcorn and headphones is not funny. It's just plain creepy.

Of course many disposable characters die in firefights but this is fine, as one of the leads always stays behind to "clean up", the story makes "True Lies" look like a documentary Characterization is non existent, glib comments from the boys are as deep as it gets and Witherspoon has nothing to do whatsoever. The only slight glimmer of interest derives from Lauren's BFF Trish (Handler), who at least is given some reasonable lines she delivers well but it's not enough to rescue the whole enterprise.

Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon all good actors, unfortunately hit what must be a career low in this film.

The film is directed by McG which may be enough to steer many regular cinema goers away, if this is not enough I would add that this is a poor film which squanders it's resources and talents.

There may have been a light hearted romcom in the script somewhere and with a deft Directors hand it could have worked. This however is not that film.

Summary

A very poor, almost incompetent comedy/romance caper, one can only hope that any sequel plans are immediately terminated with extreme prejudice.

Not recommended

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