This Means War

6.31 h 37 min2012X-RayPG-13
HD. Two CIA agents vie for the affections of an unwitting Reese Witherspoon in this riotous action-romance.
Reese WitherspoonChris PineTom Hardy
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AmberReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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It was somewhat entertaining as far as the action and the antics. The opening scenes would have you thinking this is a typical espionage, spy, action, thriller, but it quickly dissolves into the strange love triangle that pits two secret service type spies with one lady who has a terrible friend.
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.
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AAReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
I can't believe anyone is ok with the premise of this movie enough to like it
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Acting, production, all of that; fine.

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.
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alistairvilleReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Unpleasant premise. Well acted. Leaves you feeling unclean.
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Good production of a bad idea. It’s a movie where two guys use their CIA resources to get a girl and to thwart each other. They bug her house, make secret recordings of her, put GPS trackers on her, and generally misuse their positions to manipulate her emotions. This premise may remind you of 1994’s “True Lies” starring Schwarzenegger.

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).
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Chris GReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
I mean it will kill some time if you're bored
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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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RachelMartaReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
I wanted to like this movie...but
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I saw this movie in a theatre because I am a big fan of Chris Pine. I did purchase the DVD.
Sadly, the plot is totally without merit. Spying on a woman you are dating is totally creepy.
The competition between the guys was humorous. The fact that they were gov't agents, unbelievable.
The two best scenes that should have been in the movie were only in the extras on the DVD. Both these scenes would have helped to understand the attraction Reese had for the guys and the reason Chris was interested in Reese.
I do like all 4 of the lead actors. But the love scene between Chris and Reese was totally without passion and I know they can both do better.
Some of the dialogue makes absolutely no sense.
Chelsea Handler has the best lines and they were probably improvised.
The best thing I can say about this movie is that they are all very attractive people.
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Caryn Denise CarterReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
She picks the wrong guy!!!
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Sorry for the spoiler, but I don't want you to waste your time. Lauren has two choices of men. One is daring, adventurous, manly, (Tom Hardy!!!), and also somewhat noble, tries to do the right thing, has a moral compass more or less, actually loves other humans, etc. She doesn't pick that guy. It's super disappointing because in the end she picks the other guy, the guy who stalked her, who treats women like toys, who lies to her constantly, who tried to treat her the same as every other woman, and when she didn't fall into the trap and rebels a bit, he decides he likes her especially because she's more of a challenge. It is the most cliche plot ever especially because his "maturing" is rather thin and non-existent in the end. He's still the same. But, the saddening part is she picks him in the end instead of the better man who actually valued her and was good to her!! Perhaps Lauren got what she deserves though because Lauren is also a liar. And perhaps the better man is better off without her.
There's also a silly scene where she's dancing around in nothing but panties and a huge man's sweater(?) for no reason. Totally implausible, and clearly a man's fantasy, but also it's one of many scenes that feel so outdated, based on 20th century notions that women are dumb and eye candy, and I doubt Reese Witherspoon would do this movie again now that she knows better. A career low-light for all actors involved.
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LindsayReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice change of pace for Hardy fans!
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I've recently discovered the wonders of Tom Hardy (thanks Taboo), I've been binge watching his movies. I got it super cheap, so I gave it a go despite some of the poor reviews's cute, funny, and yes predictable, but I was entertained. After watching so many serious, psychotic, or heavily action-based performances by Hardy, this was a huge departure but he can do humor quite well and is a strong romantic lead. It was a nice change of pace.

Reese looks great, she and Chelsea Handler are funny together, there are two gorgeous men, some sweet dates, some sexy dates, great bromance banter between the guys, and plenty of action so there's something for everyone. I would definitely watch again!
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James E. AddisonReviewed in the United States on July 9, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
1.5 stars.
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1 stars: Couldn't watch more than 15 minutes. Unwatchable, or language not as described.
1.5 stars: Just started it to get if off my, "movies we think you'll like", list permanently.
2 stars: Jumped my way to the end for the ending. Unwatchable, but interested in how this turd ended.
2.5 stars: I fell asleep, or closed my eyes for most of it.
3 stars: Watched it all, but not happy about it. Nothing better to do.
4 stars: I watched it, liked it well enough. Would never watch it again.
5 stars: Great moving picture show! I'll watch it again, and maybe again in a few years.
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