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This Means War

A 2012 movie directed by McG.

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'This Means' War' Movie Review By 'Two Jews On Film' Only 1 Feels The Spark (Video)

  • Feb 15, 2012
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Okay, so we have this cute girl who meets a sexy guy for coffee and they hit it off.  A few minutes later (give or take) the same girl, meets another sexy guy, and they also hit it off.  

Now in any normal situation, the girl would probably date both guys, right?  Well, in 'This Means War' directed by McG...that's not so simple.

The girl is Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon) and the two guys are FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy).  They happen to be, unbeknownst to Lauren,  BFF'S and...CIA operatives.  




Lauren has a successful career as a senior product evaluator for a leading consumer advocate publisher.  It's really much more interesting than it sounds.  She has a very cool apartment and her own BFF, Trish (Chelsea Handler).  What Lauren doesn't have is a boyfriend and...Trish is determined to fix that. 

Trish signs Lauren up to an online dating service, and as fate would have it,...or at least the screenwriters, Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg, Tuck has also recently joined.

Tuck spots Lauren's photo and he's instantly hooked.  They meet at the local mall for a quickie (date) and sparks fly. 

After they say their goodbyes, a smitten Lauren wanders into a video store to rent a movie and...bumps into none other than...FDR.  Note: The dude prowls video stores for women.  It sounds worse than it is.  Okay, FDR is a player.

  Lauren and FDR also have instant chemistry.  And....  

What follows is Lauren trying to juggle both guys, and Tuck and FDR competiting with each other for her affection. And that's where all the fun comes in.

 I have to say that, what could have been perceived as, super creepy, is actually super funny. 
Remember, these two guys are CIA agents...And what do CIA agents do? They spy...

FDR and Tuck not only place bugs, cameras and listening devices in Lauren's apartment, so they can spy on her and each other, but they get their fellow CIA operatives to help them out in their...Who's gonna get the girl first, mission.  

Of course, you can't have a spy movie without car chasses, kick ass fights and one or two nasty bad guys...Thanks to Henrich (Til Schweiger)an international arms dealer, who wants Tuck and FDR dead, we get all that as well.

Is 'This Means War' brilliant? Of course not.  It's not meant to be.  But it is zany fun and yes...it's definitely a chick flick. But one that guys will like as well...Especially when they see how romantic their date gets, afterwards. 

Of course, that didn't matter to John, the other half of 'Two Jews On Film'.   Check out our video to see what he thought and his bagel rating.

I gave 'This Means War' which opens in theatres, Friday, February 17, 2012, 3 1/2 bagels out of 5 because it made me laugh...a lot. 

By Joan Alperin Schwartz
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February 20, 2012
Tom Hardy's as versatile as he is charismatic - definitely among the best Anglophone screen actors working at present. However, "directed by McG" is less a warning than a threat, the premise of this flick is comparable to intolerable shit like Mr. & Mrs. Smith and the abhorrent Undercover Blues, and one of its character's names is Tuck. I'll pass, and thank you again.
February 20, 2012
Yes I can certainly see how someone would and coud think that about McG and this film. John found it pretty intolerable. LOL
 
February 16, 2012
This looks like a fun flick! Great review, you guys :)
February 17, 2012
thanks much. I think you'd really like this film. Woopak...not so much.
February 17, 2012
Yeah, I don't think this has Woo written all over it ;p
February 18, 2012
Hey! Hey! I do have a romantic side in me...buried so deep that is. LOL!
February 18, 2012
I'm sure you do. LOL
February 20, 2012
DEEEEEEP ;p But, your romantic side has nothing to do with stereotypical chick flicks, probably!
 
February 16, 2012
Not sure. This looks like fun, but I think I'll wait to see it for free. Thanks, Joan and John!
February 17, 2012
John says good idea
 
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review by . February 17, 2012
It's been said that all's fair in love and war and never was the case more evident than in the tale of FDR and Tuck, two best friends who also happen to be partners and top agents at the CIA. After a covert operation doesn't go as planned the duo find themselves riding their desks in the Los Angeles agency office much to their chagrin.     FDR (Chris Pine) is very confident ladies' man while Tuck (Tom Hardy) is a divorced father of a little boy looking for "the one". The more …
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