Both guys, on the singles website on each side of Tuck's picture, are crew members of the movie. They also show up in the video store database as FDR is searching for Lauren's information. The members were Jay Mitchell (set design) and Peter Stratford (assistant art director).
Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) and Tuck Hansen (Tom Hardy) first meet at The Blarney Stone which is a real pub located in downtown Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is known to be one of the busiest gastropubs in town.
When the film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America, the film was given an "R" rating, due to some racy dialogue spoken by Chelsea Handler's character. It was later edited and given a "PG-13" rating for "sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language" for the theatrical release.
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.
Tuck's real name is listed as "John Harrison" on the dating site. That makes this the first time that Chris Pine clashes with a character called John Harrison in a movie. A year later, Pine would play James T. Kirk in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), where he battles with Khan Noonien Singh (Benedict Cumberbatch), who uses the alias John Harrison.
Trish (Chelsea Handler) calls Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) from a children's play center, which is a real place called "Crash Crawly's." It is located near a freeway, which can be seen through the windows.
The bachelor pad of FDR (Chris Pine) had to reflect his expensive and exotic tastes, so the production found a converted penthouse with a swimming pool in the ceiling of the apartment in the Chinatown district of Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The pool had a glass bottom, making the pool visible from the downstairs dining room. When Laing showed the apartment to director McG, the latter looked up and was astonished to see the pool, and a beautiful girl in a bikini doing laps, which Laing had prearranged.
Director said McG said: It will come as no surprise that Pine and Hardy handled the high-octane spy action and stunts with skill and daring. But This Means War (2012) audiences will see a movie "first": Reese Witherspoon mixing it up with the boys in full throttle action mode. Not only does she get to drive at excessive speeds on a military racetrack in a drop-head coupe, she flew on a swinging trapeze, and donned a mask and firearm for an intense, ruthless game of paintball. "By the end of the movie, Reese is at the center of the action".
After principal photography had wrapped, director McG and his teams went to work film editing, music scoring, sound mixing, and putting the finishing touches on the movie's visual effects. Later, during this post-production period, they would show the picture to select audiences to gauge reactions and fine-tune the film. The screenings yielded outstanding scores, which revealed that the movie played to men, women, singles, and couples. This, and the ensuing positive word of mouth, led the 20th Century Fox movie studio to pick the unexpected 2012 year release date of Valentine's Day, which falls on February 14, which was a Tuesday. Most films debut in the USA on a Friday, in time for the weekend. But for McG, the holiday release seemed perfect. He pointed out: "After all, everyone needs a little action on Valentine's Day!".
Making FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) believable as CIA agents was tasked to Paul Maurice, a military advisor with extensive wartime experience, who serves as the film's CIA technical advisor. Maurice worked closely with Pine and Hardy to give them a high proficiency in weapons-handling and hand-to-hand combat.
Production designer Martin Laing and his team upped the spy-against-spy action by devising gadgets utilized by FDR and Tuck as they wage war against one another. Laing's team researched CIA weapons and surveillance techniques and made them even more high tech and fantastic.
The American theatrical version for the USA was cut for some sex jokes to achieve a more commercial PG-13 rating. International theatrical versions were released uncut. However, the cut version was used for home video releases worldwide.
Actress Chelsea Handler, who plays Trish, the good friend of Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), has a last surname which is a spy term. A "handler" in the secret spy world, as defined by the Spy Museum's Language of Espionage, is "a case officer who is responsible for handling agents in operations".
This romantic-spy-comedy film's director, McG, previously helmed the espionage-action-comedy movies Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and later also helmed the action-spy-thriller-drama_3 days to kill (2014)_. As such, McG has directed four spy movies [to date, November 2016].
Intelligence agencies referenced and/or featured in the film include the CIA, Interpol, Special Ops, the Mexico Sniper Squad, and the Mexican DFS (Dirección Federal de Seguridad aka the Federal Security Directorate).
This spy film inverted a common paradigm of the James Bond movie franchise where the character frequently had two significant relationships with two Bond Girls in many Bond movies. This was commonly reflected in movie posters for Bond films where the tuxedo clad character would be seen positioned between a Bond Girl on either side. This Means War (2012) reverses this methodology by having a character, a non-spy, Reese Witherspoon, who is the equivalent of a Bond Girl, and dates in the movie two secret agents, and in film posters for the movie was seen positioned standing in the middle between the two attractive male spies.
This spy film features the game of paintball which was utilized in a training exercise at the start of the earlier James Bond espionage movie The Living Daylights (1987). Actually, This Means War (2012) first premiered in cinemas in the 25th Anniversary year of The Living Daylights (1987).