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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy See more|
|Contributor||McG, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy|
|Runtime||1 hour and 38 minutes|
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The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever -- each other.
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 24543755272
- Director : McG
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
- Run time : 1 hour and 38 minutes
- Release date : May 22, 2012
- Actors : Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B005LAIGY6
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,142 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The pacing is odd, it's almost hard to remember what Tuck and FDR actually do for a living as the central focus is around which one of them will win Lauren's affection. This could have been cuter and funnier, if it weren't for the strange choices these characters make. The way the story was set up, Lauren hit it off with Tuck very naturally, not with any manipulation. She also very quickly did not click at all with FDR. For them to end up together in the end is just ridiculous. She had a genuine connection that was not based on a lie with Tuck after their first encounter. He was shown to desire a deep connection with a woman himself, after the opening scene at FDR's Nana's and Tuck is pointing out to FDR that he wants the depth of connection with a lady that he has with his friend in arms, taking a bullets for each other and such. He wants more than just a physical trip with a girl.
Trish gives Lauren awful advice throughout the movie, like just having sex with someone you barely know is good advice for anyone. I feel sorry for every lonely, affection deprived woman out there who gets this idea in her head that sex is no bigger a deal than trying on different shoes. You are connecting with people on a level that goes way beyond just mental or emotional, every time you do that, which is why it's meant to be shared with only one individual, and within the covering of the covenant of marriage. Movies, music, and all forms of media and entertainment espouse having sexual flings with dates or one night stands, etc, as just.. routine.
The biggest mistake Lauren makes, and the most trivial aspect of this whole movie, is the idea of continually running into her ex who is engaged, and this need to make him jealous, or show off by "having an amazing NEW boyfriend" who is somehow in every way better than him. Lauren who was about to cut ties with FDR completely, decided at the last minute to fake a relationship with him when her ex walks up. This was right after ditching FDR in the club. FDR decided to play along with the narrative, even taking on the role and filling in the shoes of the lie Lauren paints about him - that he is a doctor. All this to try to make her Lauren's ex jealous? Stupid. I highlight this apex of the movie because without it, the entire movie would have fallen apart. In order to have the ensuing rivalry between Tuck and FDR over winning Lauren's affection, and thus a relationship with her, they couldn't have Lauren walk way from FDR after his first attempt to take her out on a date. So they use the "ex boyfriend, make him jealous that he left me" tactic? This is so stupid.
So the movie ends with Lauren choosing the one she was least attracted to and most offended by in the beginning. Throughout the movie, her interactions and thus her relationship with the two men was built in a lot of lies. They both began to try to be something other than themselves in efforts to win her affections. Look if you can not be loved for who you are, then you are just with the wrong person. Don't get your dating advice from Hollywood, even if its meant to be funny. This sort of funny is stupid humor because the true side of it is often harmful, not funny. Good humor is when its funny because its true and the truth of it is innocent and pure. That sort of humor always elevates and lightens the air.
The only redeeming factor is that at the end Tuck is reconnected with his former or estranged wife and son. Which is good, it's better that he was with the mother of his son, then with another woman, but again, I hate the implied theme here, like his original wife was only interested in him after seeing him be some kind of big time secret service spy hero. ... There could have been something else there too, maybe she always felt like he wasn't being honest with her and after seeing him on the news channel and what he was really doing for a living, that now she could get to know the real him but... I dunno. I just hate the implied sense that she had no respect for him until she saw him on live TV in the midst of a car chase.
But I digress. It's just a movie Supposed to be a sort of action, romance comedy.... But I found it rather disingenuous and very manipulative.
But the PREMISE is really disgusting in that she ends up with EITHER of them. What woman in the real world is going to date, let alone marry a guy -and stay friends with his mate- who has broken into her home, bugged it, and had A GROUP, not one, BUT A GROUP of his co workers literally watch her have sex with him on video?
Never at the end is there even a tiny discussion of this. She just is fine with it, and gets engaged to him? Really, really stupid, but also gross and disgusting.
The cast are high calibre and likable. It’s even got Chelsea Handler in it - always a bonus. Everything is done well even if way beyond the point of rational plausibility.
If you like the kind of movie where people play games with their partner’s affections, then you might want to check out, “How to lose a guy in 10 days”(2003).
So I liked the actors in this and figured, why not? There's quite a few huge issues with this movie. Aside from the dialogue and story itself, the premise is really awful and the ending makes it even more awful. So lets just get this out of the way first... these two guys try to get with the girl and have made a bet to see who can "win" her. Cute, but really just gross. Then they proceed to invade her privacy... and not just like, a little bit. But full on surveillance, with TWO crews of men watching her every intimate moment. Including watching her literally have sex with FDR. If that isn't bad enough, they both lie to her constantly to win her affection, and then they put her life in danger.
The ending takes the cake though, because not only does she choose FDR, (you know, the guy who had a crew of people film them having sex for the first time) but she gets with him BECAUSE of all the dishonest traits about him that aren't even true. She falls for him purely because of his softer side, what with adopting a dog, showing her rare paintings and claiming they share the same favorite painter... But none of that is the real FDR. He's just a ladies man and a liar... but she "chooses" him for all those traits he doesn't possess.
They try to hype him up by bringing up his childhood awkwardness like that somehow redeems him... but he can barely own up to that and is embarrassed by it. Then after ALL of that, after she chooses FDR, we learn that not only did Tom Hardy (forgot his character's name already) NOT sleep with her, but it turns out FDR also slept with Tom Hardy's WIFE. So in the end Tom Hardy just looks like a huge chump, and Chris Pine gets the girl AND has slept with Tom Hardy's wife... and that's supposed to be funny.
I dunno... I guess they all deserve each other because Reese Witherspoon's character was a pretty lousy person as well. They are all kind of crappy people and in the end I wasn't rooting for any of them to come out happy. I kind of was hoping she'd get hit by the car and die or something, and they'd split off from being friends over the incident. Would have been a much darker and deserving ending for 3 unlikeable characters.
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This film has a little action, comedy, romance and a good looking cast. It’s not the greatest and I most definitely wouldn’t recommend this one over another, but it’s a nice easy viewing film with a simple plot.
It’s not one I’ll be watching again, and the dvd has gone straight into the charity bag. But this is an enjoyable film; I don’t feel like I’ve wasted the past hour & half.
I imagine this film would be great for a stay in date night. It's got the action and testosterone for the guys and the romance and happy-ending for the girls. What more can you need? (except popcorn!)
Reese Witherspoon is her usual dopey self, not funny in the slightest, but able to pull of some reasonably good acting (if anyone has seen Four Christmases, she's basically the same character in this).
Tom Hardy is fantastic, as usual. I must admit I've become a huge Tom Hardy fan, he just seems able to perform any role and undertake any character with brilliance. Got to be one of the very best British actors of all time.
The other guy, I forget his name - Probably due to the fact that he's annoying and has little or no acting ability whatsoever. Oh no wait there was this one scene where he.... No wait that was someone else, in a completely different film... No the other guy is just pants!
Generally a reasonably good film. I would have only given it 3 stars as a film myself, but the Mrs liked it and it's a clever way of treating the woman in your life to a chick flick without having to sit through endless hours of Renee Zellweger, Sarah Jessica Horse-face or Katherine Heigl!