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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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Todd Phillips

Writers:

Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
Steve Lantz Steve Lantz ... Security Guard
Gregg Weiner Gregg Weiner ... Massage Client
David Packouz ... Singer at Hilldale Home
Eddie Jemison ... Hilldale Home Manager
Julian Sergi ... Rosen
Daniel Berson ... Rabbi
Jonah Hill ... Efraim Diveroli
Edson Jean Edson Jean ... Drug Dealer
Daimion Johnson ... Drug Dealer (as Damion Johnson)
Bethuel Fletcher Bethuel Fletcher ... Drug Dealer
Ana de Armas ... Iz
Kevin Pollak ... Ralph Slutsky
Gabriela Alvarez Gabriela Alvarez ... Club Girl
Dan Bilzerian ... Dan Bilzerian
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Storyline

In 2005, David Packouz lives in Miami, Florida, working as a massage therapist and living with his girlfriend Iz. Desiring an additional source of income, David spends his life savings on high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets, planning to sell them to Miami retirement homes, but this venture fails to produce results. At a funeral for a friend, David runs into his high school best friend Efraim Diveroli, who had moved to Los Angeles some years prior to work with his uncle selling guns. Efraim has left his uncle and formed his own company, AEY, which fills orders for arms placed by the US government due to the ongoing war in Iraq. David's life takes another turn when his girlfriend informs him that she is pregnant. Efraim offers him a job at AEY, and even though David and Iz both vehemently oppose the war, David eventually agrees, telling his girlfriend that he has begun selling his cotton sheets to the US government through Efraim's contacts..

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Money, corruption and the American dream See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Arabic | Albanian | Romanian

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Dudes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The action that took place in Albania was filmed in Romania, even the language of the workers at the warehouse was Romanian. See more »

Goofs

A David Packouz voice-over says that they went to Rock Island, Illinois, for a big meeting with military procurement officers, and a few seconds later a caption reads "ROCK ISLAND ARMORY" as he and Efraim Diveroli walk down a long hallway. Rock Island Armory is a commercial entity owned by Arms Corporation of the Philippines, or Armscor. The military installation in Illinois is Rock Island Arsenal. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: [while impersonating an army officer to a weapons vendor on the telephone] You keep supplying the guns, we'll keep killing the bad guys. God bless you.
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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Suicide Squad (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You Keep Me Hangin' On
Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.)
Performed by Vanilla Fudge
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Formulaic
3 September 2016 | by sfx96-musicSee 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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