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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.

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McG

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Timothy Dowling (screenplay), Simon Kinberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

It's SPY against SPY.

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Runtime:

(edited) | (director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director McG previously helmed the espionage-action-comedy movies Charlie's Angels (2000) and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), and also helmed the action-spy-thriller-drama 3 Days to Kill (2014). As such, McG has directed four spy movies (to date, September 2018). See more »

Goofs

In the 'Hong Kong' scene, at street level we can see the licence plates on cars have white lettering/numbering on a blue background. Hong Kong cars have black-on-white at the front, and black-on-yellow at the rear. In Fact, those car plates belong to Shanghai, according to the beginning "Hu" of the plates. See more »

Quotes

[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

Home video releases of the film contain three alternate endings. In the first alternate ending, Lauren is kidnapped and taken to a warehouse alongside FDR and Tuck, where she is forced to choose which one of them will be killed by the other. The ensuing action leads to the car chase featured at the end of the film. The second alternate ending shows Lauren choosing Tuck over FDR, with FDR carrying on life as a singleton. The third and final alternate ending sees FDR holding Tuck after the final explosion, as Lauren looks on. See more »

Connections

References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

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Written by Richie James Eaton
Performed by The Willowz (as Willowz)
Courtesy of Dim Mak Records
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I surrender

If you wanted to make a movie that was successful at the box office, you could plug the story lines of the top 25 movies for the last 10 years into a computer and have it generate a plot. It would probably come up with a new genre called the 'romantic action comedy'. It would probably come up with, 'This Means War'. I spent most of the movie trying to figure out who it was targeted for. First, no adult with a few functioning neurons will find the plot compelling. I doubt if women would find the romance unforgettable. I, therefore, concluded that the movie was targeted towards 15 year old boys out on their first dates. Yes, there are the obligatory action scenes with the required number of explosions and car chases, but this is mainly to wake up the 13-year-olds who fell asleep during the 'romantic' scenes. The comedy, and I am stretching the dictionary definition of that word here, comes mainly from the sexual remarks of Chelsea Handler and are directed at the same sleepy 13-year-olds.

It's too bad. I like Reese Witherspoon and, prior to this movie, I had concluded that she was never in a bad movie. Isn't she being offered any better roles than this? It is one of the few movies where you feel sorry for the guy who gets the girl. Actually, by that point in the movie, you really don't care. Yet, the sad truth, the very sad truth is that the movie will probably be a box office hit, a fact that will generate more movies in this genre and keep computer programmers employed for years to come.


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