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War Dogs (2016)

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Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

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Security Guard
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Massage Client
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Singer at Hilldale Home
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Hilldale Home Manager
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Rabbi
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Drug Dealer
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Drug Dealer (as Damion Johnson)
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Iz
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Dan Bilzerian
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Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events. Written by Warner Bros

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Money, corruption and the American dream See more »

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Rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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19 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Dudes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,685,305 (USA) (19 August 2016)

Gross:

$43,017,433 (USA) (14 October 2016)
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Trivia

David Packouz is four years older than Efraim Diveroli. In reality, Jonah Hill is four years older than Miles Teller. See more »

Goofs

When David and Efraim meet with Henri the arms dealer in Las Vegas, David's voiceover says "When Iraq hung Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity, rumor was Henri sold them the rope they used." The scene is set in mid-2006, and Saddam was executed in December 2006. However, David is providing an after-the-fact overview to the entire story. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: Everyone's fighting over the same pie and ignoring the crumbs. I live off crumbs.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Ain't That A Kick In The Head
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Performed by Dean Martin
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Formulaic
3 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

War Dogs

One could sum up this movie in a single word, "formulaic."

If you've ever watched any of the movies about West Coast drug-dealing of the 80s (Blow), or any movie with Benicio Del Toro in it (Snatch, Traffic), you will quickly recognize one or more of the stylistic techniques stamped all over this movie:

  • Off-camera narration by one of the protagonists talking about how


smart or stupid they were at this point in the adventure.

  • Wackiness in the face of danger.




  • Celebration of the stoner mentality.




  • Overhead shots using helicopters or drones.




  • Overuse of circular camera dolly around two subjects quibbling to


suggest "tension."

  • Cool music.




Oddity

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Choice of music. The setting for the movie is the early 2000s, and these guys are in their 20s, yet the music is a collection golden oldies from 60s. Is that the music the producers like? Is it aimed at the suspected target audience?

Nitpicks

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The lead character says "Bro" more times than any character in any movie in history. Guess that's a refreshing change from "dude." LOL.

Aside from all that, I still liked the movie, just thought is was hackneyed and formulaic.


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