This Means War


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Charmless and histrionic, this mean-spirited movie takes place in the toyscape of mono-monikered director McG, aka Joseph McGinty Nichol. Our heroes are FDR (that’s what he goes by, played by Star Trek’s Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), two extra-close CIA agents who love their job. After foiling a rooftop heist, they stride with equal swagger into a competition to win over a woman they’ve both dated.

But wait: isn’t that woman Reese Witherspoon? As Lauren, a workaholic, Witherspoon fades into the part of an insecure product tester, afraid of rejection. You never believe it. Then come the paintball mishaps and surveillance-cam stalking – or is it wooing? Every plot point is telegraphed, yet given the usual conventions of these triangulations, it’s still possible to wince at the awful ending, a focus-group-tested option that actually has Lauren picking the lamer of two jerks.

By Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

This Means War

  • Duration: 98
  • Released: Thu, 23 Feb
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: McG
  • Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Til Schweiger, Chelsea Handler, John Paul Ruttan, Abigail Spencer, Angela Bassett

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