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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Packouz
... Security Guard
Gregg Weiner ... Massage Client
... Singer at Hilldale Home
... Hilldale Home Manager
... Rosen
... Rabbi
... Efraim Diveroli
... Drug Dealer
... Drug Dealer (as Damion Johnson)
Bethuel Fletcher ... Drug Dealer
... Iz
... Ralph Slutsky
... Club Girl
... Dan Bilzerian
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

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

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$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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Trivia

In this film, Efraim (Jonah Hill) becomes angry at an employee who criticizes the letters in the name AEY for not standing for anything. In real-life, the initials do mean something. The company had at first been a shell company started by Efraim's father. The letters in the name are the initials of his children, Aaron, Avigail, Avrohom, Efraim, and Yeshaya. See more »

Goofs

When David and Efraim are smoking from the bong with night-vision goggles on, the specks of dust in their masks are completely identical in all the reverse angle cuts (even though these are supposedly seen through two different pairs of goggles), showing that both angles were shot through the same lens or the same post-production effect was applied to all the shots in the scene. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: Everyone's fighting over the same pie and ignoring the crumbs. I live off crumbs.
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Features Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

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Don't Fear The Reaper
Written by Donald Roeser
Performed by David Packouz
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Formulaic
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.


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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