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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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Joe
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Katie (as Abigail Leigh Spencer)
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Nana Foster
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Grandpa Foster
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Jonas
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Steve
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Xenia
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Britta
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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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Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Esto es guerra!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,405,930 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Gross:

$54,760,791 (USA) (14 June 2012)
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Trivia

The nick-name of Franklin Foster (Chris Pine) was "FDR' which is the same nick-name of former American President _Franklin Delano Roosevelt'. FDR's grandmother reveals his real name to be Franklin. Former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt was commonly known by his initials, FDR, and this is where the character gets his name. When they are introduced, FDR (Chris Pine)'s grandmother asks Lauren (Reese Witherspoon): "So you're the girl who's keeping Franklin (FDR) busy?". The ending credits list FDR's surname as Foster. See more »

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When FDR and Lauren go to the animal shelter, FDR opens a cage and lets a vicious dog out and fights to get it back into the cage, but doesn't close the cage door. It stays open for the rest of the scene. 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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This Is How We Do It
Written by Montell Jordan, Oji Pierce, and Slick Rick (as Ricky M.L. Walters)
Performed by Montell Jordan
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I surrender
5 May 2012 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

If you wanted to make a movie that was successful at the box office, you could plug the story lines of the top 25 movies for the last 10 years into a computer and have it generate a plot. It would probably come up with a new genre called the 'romantic action comedy'. It would probably come up with, 'This Means War'. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who it was targeted for. First, no adult with a few functioning neurons will find the plot compelling. I doubt if women would find the romance unforgettable. I, therefore, concluded that the movie was targeted towards 15 year old boys out on their first dates. Yes, there are the obligatory action scenes with the required number of explosions and car chases, but this is mainly to wake up the 13-year-olds who fell asleep during the 'romantic' scenes. The comedy, and I am stretching the dictionary definition of that word here, comes mainly from the sexual remarks of Chelsea Handler and are directed at the same sleepy 13-year-olds.

It's too bad. I like Reese Witherspoon and, prior to this movie, I had concluded that she was never in a bad movie. Isn't she being offered any better roles than this? It is one of the few movies where you feel sorry for the guy who gets the girl. Actually, by that point in the movie, you really don't care. Yet, the sad truth, the very sad truth is that the movie will probably be a box office hit, a fact that will generate more movies in this genre and keep computer programmers employed for years to come.


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