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This Means War (2012)

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A pair of C.I.A. operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.




Timothy Dowling (screenplay), Simon Kinberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Lauren
Chris Pine ... FDR Foster
Tom Hardy ... Tuck
Til Schweiger ... Heinrich
Chelsea Handler ... Trish
John Paul Ruttan ... Joe
Abigail Spencer ... Katie (as Abigail Leigh Spencer)
Angela Bassett ... Collins
Rosemary Harris ... Nana Foster
George Touliatos ... Grandpa Foster
Clint Carleton ... Jonas
Warren Christie ... Steve
Leela Savasta ... Kelly
Natassia Malthe ... Xenia
Laura Vandervoort ... Britta


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 »

Parents Guide:

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English | German | Japanese | Serbian

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Esto es guerra! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,405,930, 19 February 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,760,791, 14 June 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,491,279, 14 June 2012
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Technical Specs


(edited) | (director's cut)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


FDR (Chris Pine) calls Tuck (Tom Hardy) about a CHiPs (1977) marathon. Chris Pine's father, Robert, was a cast member on CHiPs (1977). See more »


When Lauren and her friend are shopping, we can see a man with a green shirt passing two times behind them in a short amount of time. 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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Alternate Versions

Blu-ray editions contain an extended cut with an additional scene where Tuck hires a group of actors to play his family, whom FDR captures and replaces. This was cut to avoid an R rating, and features David Koechner and Rebel Wilson. See more »


Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.25 (2012) See more »


How You Like Me Now?
Written by Arlester Christian (as Christian Arlester), Christopher William Ellul, Spencer Harrison Page, Kelvin Claude Swaby and Daniel Matthew Taylor
Performed by The Heavy
Courtesy of Counter Records
By arrangement with Zync Music Group LLC
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A Really Stupid Film About Stupid People Doing Stupid Things
28 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

This Means War (2012)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Best friends and CIA agents FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) finally hit the dating scene and both end up falling in love with the same girl (Reese Witherspoon). The girl, Lauren, is also just hitting the dating scene and is getting advice from her best friend (Chelsea Handler) who suggests she date two men and then decide which one is the best. Not knowing that her two men know one another, she sets out to see who is the best and the men decide to do war on each other. THIS MEANS WAR is a very, very, very stupid movie. Now, you might say that all romantic comedies need to be somewhat stupid and I think that's true but this film is so insulting to the three stars and their characters that I really wanted to jump through the screen and just scream at them. The three are constantly doing very stupid things that are just so over-the-top and out there that they're not charming but instead they're creepy. The fact that the two men, in the CIA. are using millions of dollars and high tech equipment to spy on each other is just a little weird. Even weirder is a scene where one of the men ends up having sex with the girl and since both have bugged her apartment with cameras their co-workers are back at the office watching them. You really have to wonder what these "agents" are supposed to be doing. Oh yeah, there's a subplot about them going after a bad guy but this entire thing is so unbelievable that you really can't take any of it serious. What's even worse is that all three of the characters, considering their professions, would have to be intelligent people yet they never do anything smart. They do nothing but something an uneducated moron would do and yet we're supposed to believe their characters. The Handler character is just there delivering very bad one-liners and the advice also seems so silly that you wonder why someone like Witherspoon would even bother with this person. I've been a fan of Witherspoon's since around 1991 and I must say that it's getting sad to see her in film's like this. Someone so talented delivering pictures like this and HOW DO YOU KNOW is just sad to see. Yes, she's "good" her but does it really matter when such talent is being wasted? Both Pine and Hardy are good in their bits but they too should be insulted by this screenplay (and happy with the paycheck I'm sure). This was my first time seeing Handler and I can't say I was impressed. THIS MEANS WAR is just a really stupid movie with stupid characters doing stupid things. Am I taking a comedy to serious? I don't think so especially when no one involved bothered to make it good.

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