Sunday, March 11, 2012

This Means War (PG-13)


I am about two weeks behind on my reviews so the chances are pretty good that anyone who reads my posts on This Means War, Act of Valor and Gone has already seen them. Oopsy. This Means War, I found, was very entertaining. Will it win any awards? Nope. Did they expect to? I certainly hope not. It’s the story of two CIA agents who fall for the same girl then make a competition out of who will win her. Ah…romance at its finest.

Reese Witherspoon plays Lauren, the object of their affection. I don’t think I’ve seen a Reese movie I didn’t like. I did find it hard to believe that she had trouble finding men [in this film]. Seriously? If Reese can’t find one what chance do I have? The one thing that really bothered me about her character was when she accused the men of lying to her. Ummmm…what had she been doing all that time?

The agents, FDR Foster and Tuck, played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy respectively, were fun to watch. In so many ways. I couldn’t quite figure out their relationship to each other. Are they best friends? Are they cousins? I think it’s just friends but the grandmother seemed to be talking to both of them when she said she wants great-grandkids. Maybe it was all aimed at FDR and I missed that. Anyway, I highly enjoyed watching how the two men interact with each other. They seemed to truly love each other but obviously enjoyed having fun at the other’s expense. I especially liked their reactions while they listened in on Lauren and her best friend’s conversations.

When the guys figure out that they’re both dating the same woman and decide to let her choose the better man the fun really begins. They begin to sabotage each other’s dates. If you’ve seen any of the trailers, this isn’t really a spoiler. If you haven’t seen the trailers or the movie, sorry. I began to wonder if their friendship was going to survive. I got sucked in. I couldn’t help it. I was really worried for them. And then it dawned on me that during all the shenanigans neither one of them seemed to be working on their real case for the CIA. Seems their priorities were a bit skewed.

The date scenes were funny. The actions scenes got a tad intense but really not for someone who lives on action films only. If you only watch date movies, then yeah, maybe. I liked that something from Lauren’s job saves the day. Was I happy with the choice Lauren finally makes? Not really but it all works out in the end. Sorta.

And now for the breakdown. I do think the subject matter is a bit mature for young children but other than that…

Sex/Nudity – Implied sex and Reese in her unders and Chris Pine in a sheet.

Drinking/Drugs – Drinking. Yes. Drugs. I don’t think so. Yeah, I know. You’d think I’d pay more attention.

Cussing – Chelsea Handler is in the film. Enough said.

Violence – Yes but no gore.

I would recommend this as a good movie to watch on a date. If you’re looking for a good action film, skip this one. If you like movies starring Chris, Tom or Reese you’ll like this. It was definitely a nice escape for a couple hours. I will own this. Oh yes, I will.

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