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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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


(edited) | (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie store scene takes place at HMV on Robson St in Vancouver. See more »


Lauren's hair is down and loose before they go around the corner to the pizza place. Next shot at the pizza place her hair is pulled up into a different hairstyle. 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 Notorious (1946) See more »


It Ain't Over
Written by Derek Steele, Jesse West (as Jesse Williams)
Performed by Southpaw Swagger
Courtesy of Method House Records / Position Music
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User Reviews

Great movie--Why are critics bashing? An actually funny comedy.
14 February 2012 | by (tvcinema.tumblr.com) – See all my reviews

Okay, critics, what the hell? I saw this movie at 7:30 at Movieland: A Bow Tie Cinema in Richmond, VA. Great theater, props! Anyways. The theater was packed. It was the biggest screen, too, but it was the only showing. If the audience reaction was anything to go on, this movie was hilarious. I certainly thought so. But not only that—it was a good movie!

Summary aside, this movie actually turned out to be one of my favorite romantic comedies and buddy comedies all in one. It was very fast-paced. It had the element of government agents, but also government agents that abuse their job's resources. There are 'bad guys' but it doesn't dominate the movie. The scenes with the bad guys start off with the preconception that they would be long and intense, but were actually only 60 seconds long and just a short break between the comedy and action. The funny parts—yes, they were funny. I was cracking up the entire time, and I don't do that often. Visually it looked amazing; watching on Blu-Ray will be spectacular. I, for one, will buy this on Blu-Ray. My roommate will thank me.

Yes, young people like myself will enjoy this movie, but it's also targeted for late twenties-late thirties people thinking about love and marriage. I saw a lot of older couples at the theaters and they were enjoying it just as much—they were laughing loudest, in fact! I'd give this movie a 9/10. Pure enjoyment.

So my issue: WTF Critics? You give this movie zero credit. Is it because of the actors? They're all great actors. Plot? Actually pretty good—somewhat predictable in hindsight but I'd still watch the movie again. Director? Supernatural and Nikita both have a fanbase, and aren't that bad with action or drama. If they actually watched the movies they wouldn't have rated it that low; I think they were going off plot summary. Back off, critics! When more people see this movie the ratings will go up! Rotten tomatoes said audience enjoyed it 71% so far, but opening day isn't even over yet. Critics give it 33%? Come on. (From tvcinema.tumblr.com (my blog) )

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