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This Means War

A 2012 movie directed by McG.

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A Quirky and Funny Date Movie

  • Feb 17, 2012
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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 reserved Tuck decides to take his chances with online dating while FDR is content to cruise the local video store searching for his latest conquest. Enter Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), an attractive, independent woman who appears to have everything except a love life.

When Lauren encounters her former fiancé engaged to another woman, she vents her frustration to her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler) who decides to take matters into her own hands and, unbeknownst to Lauren, produces an online dating profile for Lauren which matches her with Tuck. The first meeting between the two goes very well and they decide to take things slowly and see where this promising start leads. Unfortunately as Trish is heading home she stops in the same video store were FDR is on the prowl and the two mix like oil and water. Undeterred, FDR decides to pursue Lauren.

Eventually Tuck and FDR realize that they're seeing the same woman and, not wanting to put their friendship in jeopardy, agree that they will continue to see her and let Lauren decide whom she prefers. The fact that neither men in this love triangle acknowledges that they know each other leads to some interesting complications, and naturally jealousies arise between the two friends.

With the full resources of the CIA at their disposal, Tuck and FDR, who've both become captivated with Lauren, soon take advantage of their job not only to spy on each other's dates with Lauren but also to do their best to undermine the other and gain valuable information to help them appear more desirable to Lauren. As if this wasn't complicated enough, an international criminal named Heinrich (Til Schweiger) is searching for the two agents to seek revenge. Constantly battling one another as well as the impending threat of Heinrich, FDR and Tuck embark on a hysterical and action-packed adventure that is one of the most enjoyable romantic comedies in recent memory.

Sure the film does take a few leaps in logic, such as the CIA turning a blind eye to their use of so many high-level resources in the world of dating but anyone seeing this type of film obviously isn't expecting realism.
Directed by McG the film mixes action and comedy with a touch of romance and creates an entertaining formula. The three leads work exceptionally well with one another and Hardy and Pine are clearly stars on the rise. Handler does some great supporting work in the film and gets more than her share of laughs. This is definitely one you will not want to miss.

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June 04, 2013
I saw this movie a while back and enjoyed it. It is good to see Chris Pine in different roles and Reese Witherspoon is always steady.
 
February 18, 2012
Sounds like fun--just not sure if it's something I'd like to see in theaters. Witherspoon is usually enough to draw me in, and with the action elements, perhaps I will see it one day. Thanks for the great write up.
 
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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) …
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