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This Means War Review

This Means War (12a)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score: 4/5


Fellow CIA agents FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are working partners and best friends. They normally wouldn’t let anything come between them . . . that is until Lauren Scott enters their lives.

Lauren Scott played by Reese Witherspoon is a product testing executive. After feeling low when finding out that her ex is recently engaged, her best friend Trish decides to sign Lauren up to a dating website.

Tuck meets Lauren through internet dating, after seeing the dating commercial online and FDR stays in the nearby video rental store to be a backup for Tuck if something goes wrong, but Tuck and Lauren’s date at a bar goes well.

However just after they agree to make a second date Lauren heads to the video rental store and bumps into FDR and after some persuasion she agrees to go on a date with him. Which doesn’t go to plan until she uses him after seeing her ex, the pair then decide to go for pizza and hit it off.

The next day the best buddies discover they are seeing the same women and decide to set some rules. They agree not to tell her that they know each other, not to interfere with each other’s’ dates, nor have sex with her and let her come to a decision between them. However, they soon break their rules and use CIA technology to spy on her and discover her preferences, as well as trying to sabotage one another. But while the boys are busy chasing after Lauren, they’ve neglected their CIA duties, and now one of their former targets is after them, seeking revenge.

The film opens with a fast paced action sequence in Hong Kong with fighting, death and chat up lines all happening in the first five minutes, which grabs the attention of the audience straight away. That probably has something to do with the director being McG who brought “Charlie’s Angels” to the big screen in 2000 and the sequel in 2003.

All three of the leads play their parts well. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are a really energetic and strong double act, who keeps the audience entertained throughout the film. Both men are in fine form with their charm and funny sense of humour.

The movie is a good comedy film; although it is slightly predictable at some parts I was laughing through the majority of it and enjoyed it. Lauren’s best friend Trish, played by Chelsea Handler was pretty funny in most of the scenes as she was a perfect balance to the bubbly Reese Witherspoon, when encouraging her to carry on dating both guys.

So if you’re a girl who’s into staring at two really hot guys for an hour and a half with a few good laughs mixed in, or if you’re a guy with a thing for Reese Witherspoon or has a love for spy gadgets, then this is the movie for you.


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