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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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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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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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Runtime:

(edited) | (director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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There are at least two Jeeps used during the final chase sequence. When Tuck and FDR commandeer the the Jeep at the restaurant, it is an automatic with a column mounted gear selector. You actually see Tuck use it to put it in gear. Later during the chase sequence, the Jeep is a manual shift. There is a close-up shot of the pedals when Tuck applies the brakes and a clutch pedal is clearly visible. At the end of the scene they show a side-view of the Jeep and the shift lever is obvious coming up out of the floor. 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

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 »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.83 (2012) See more »

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Written by Arlester Christian (as Christian Arlester), Christopher William Ellul, Spencer Harrison Page, Kelvin Claude Swaby and Daniel Matthew Taylor
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A really bad film
19 March 2012 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Director McG has many (many, many) haters, but I generally like his movies. I don't consider him a "misunderstood genius", nor anything similar; I just generally find his exuberant visual style and frantic energy entertaining. I found Charlie's Angels and its sequel amusing parodies of the action cinema; I liked Terminator Salvation for having found an interesting angle to the franchise; and We Are Marshall...well, that one was mediocre. Anyway, I can't defend McG with This Means War, his most recent film, because it ended up being truly horrible.

The most important problem from This Means War is its screenplay, which I found incredibly weak and predictable (if you don't guess during the first minutes which one of the two gallants will stay with the girl, you haven't seen any romantic comedy in your whole life). The humor lacks of any spontaneity, the jokes are terribly predictable, and the performances are pathetic, specially Reese Witherspoon's, which feels so false and studied that I hated her character even more than the two gallants.

The action scenes lack of any suspense or emotion. There are various fights, chases and explosions, but everything is so uninspired that I wouldn't be surprised if editors Nicolas De Toth and Jesse Driebusch made a confusion with the reels and included in this film scenes from Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Knight and Day, Killers, or any other deplorable "action romantic comedy".

It's easy to note that nobody that worked in This Means War put any effort to it, and that makes it a horrible film which I suggest you to avoid by any means.


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