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War Dogs (2016)

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Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.



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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Dudes  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,685,305, 19 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,017,433, 16 October 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Goof, not a point of trivia: David and Efraim live in a building in downtown Miami. When they are arrested, they leave a building in Miami Beach, about five miles away. See more »


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Efraim Diveroli: [while cutting through the line at the airport in Jordan with David] Sorry. Don't worry, I have to go first, I'm American.
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3 September 2016 | by 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.



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?



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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