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This Means War

- It's SPY against SPY.
This Means War
This Means War Rating: 48 out of 100 based on 41 reviews.
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. -- (C) Fox
Production
Director:McG
Producer:Robert Simonds (producer)
Will Smith (producer)
Simon Kinberg (producer)
Brent O'Connor (executive producer)
Jeff Kwatinetz (executive producer)
James Lassiter (producer)
Lisa Stewart (executive producer)
Ross Fanger (co-producer)
Michael Green (executive producer)
Writer:Timothy Dowling (story) and)
Marcus Gautesen (story)
Simon Kinberg (screenplay)
Reviews for This Means War
Screen Jabber
I had very mixed feelings before seeingThis Means War. On one hand, you've got two charismatic and watchable lead actors in Pine and Hardy, who have excelled in their latest projects. In the other corner we've got Witherspoon, who rarely manages to...
IGN
This Means War follows two longtime buddies and badass CIA agents -- FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) -- who'd take a bullet for each other until they have a raucous falling out over a woman, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), they met via online dating.
Read review16 Feb 2012
Slant Magazine
It's impossible to ignore the relevance of Reese Witherspoon's profession in This Means War. Her character, an especially Witherspoonian blonde named Lauren Scott, is a consumer-products tester whose workplace looks like a scrumdiddlyumptious torture...
Read review14 Feb 2012
Washington Post
The romaction comedy "This Means War" stars Reese Witherspoon as a woman trying to choose between two handsome suitors.
Read review17 Feb 2012
Screen Rant
As a result, does the spy versus spy action-romcom, This Means War present enough witty romance set-ups, exciting action sequences, and cathartic comedy moments to offer a moviegoing experience that anyone can enjoy?
Read review17 Feb 2012
Reviews for This Means War
Screen Jabber
I had very mixed feelings before seeingThis Means War. On one hand, you've got two charismatic and watchable lead actors in Pine and Hardy, who have excelled in their latest projects. In the other corner we've got Witherspoon, who rarely manages to...
IGN
This Means War follows two longtime buddies and badass CIA agents -- FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) -- who'd take a bullet for each other until they have a raucous falling out over a woman, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), they met via online dating.
Read review16 Feb 2012
Slant Magazine
It's impossible to ignore the relevance of Reese Witherspoon's profession in This Means War. Her character, an especially Witherspoonian blonde named Lauren Scott, is a consumer-products tester whose workplace looks like a scrumdiddlyumptious torture...
Read review14 Feb 2012
Washington Post
The romaction comedy "This Means War" stars Reese Witherspoon as a woman trying to choose between two handsome suitors.
Read review17 Feb 2012
Screen Rant
As a result, does the spy versus spy action-romcom, This Means War present enough witty romance set-ups, exciting action sequences, and cathartic comedy moments to offer a moviegoing experience that anyone can enjoy?
Read review17 Feb 2012
Atlantic City Weekly
Despite a talented trio of protagonists in Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, This Means War is a movie that fails to provide even a hint of reality around the edges. One notable exception to that statement is Chelsea Handler, who shows up...
Read review21 Feb 2012
Eric D. Snider
I can pinpoint the exact moment when I checked out of the brightly lit but dimly conceived romantic comedy "This Means War." Let me describe the scene for you.
The A.V. Club
Like some chilling Orwellian vision—or a three-episode marathon of MTV’s Next—This Means War sets a frothy romantic comedy in a surveillance state, following two CIA operatives who use the agency’s full resources to score the same woman.
Read review16 Feb 2012
New York Post
Unless it’s the buff heroes of director McG’s spectacularly awful new action comedy “This Means War’’ — played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy — watching each other woo Reese Witherspoon on video surveillance screens.
Read review13 Feb 2012
iHaveNet.com
In "This Means War," the CIA operatives played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy fall for the same woman, a consumer products tester played by Reese Witherspoon. At first the boys agree to let the best agent win, seduction-wise, while Witherspoon's Lauren...
Filmcritic.com
While critics will complain about how vapid and vacant it is, that's part and parcel for the genre. The RomCom needs help. This Means War may not save it, but it won't destroy it either.
Read review16 Feb 2012
Reel Film Reviews
Exhaustingly slick from start to finish, This Means War follows CIA agents FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) as they battle for the affections of a successful woman named Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) - with the film subsequently detailing the former...
Read review16 Feb 2012
Hollywood
In This Means War – a stylish action/rom-com hybrid from director McG – Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) star as CIA operatives whose close friendship is strained by the fires of romantic rivalry. Best pals FDR (Pine)...
Entertainment Weekly
Part spy caper, part buddy ­picture, part romantic comedy, part raunchy-girl-talk sex farce, This Means War has been assembled with all the haphazardness of an amateur science experiment. The project was directed by the amped-up industry go-getter McG...
Read review15 Feb 2012
Fan The Fire
His first film in three years since the intrinsically disappointing Terminator Salvation, This Means War makes you wonder whatever made McG a big name in the first place.
Read review27 Feb 2012
MSN
Think of "This Means War" as a Valentine's Day leftover: a droopy love triangle seriously short on sexual chemistry, not to mention the kind of playful self-awareness that can spice up even the blandest romantic comedy. Doesn't help that the principals...
Reel Views
This Means War is a case study in what happens when the filmmakers mess this up. The movie is being marketed as an "action romantic comedy," but the "action" aspect is really just a little flavoring that shows up at the beginning and the end.
Read review15 Feb 2012
Boxoffice Magazine
A dating fantasy for girls and an action bromance for guys, This Means War wins the Valentine date crowd in swoops and strokes, but does it lead to swoons? Not really. A deeply confused lover's triangle where sex and petting never match the...
Read review11 Feb 2012
View London
While never quite convincing on an emotional level, This Means War is still surprisingly enjoyable, thanks to a witty script, winning central performances from Pine, Witherspoon, and Hardy and a scene-stealing supporting turn from Chelsea Handler.
Read review2 Mar 2012
Express.co.uk
SINCE Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon hasn’t come close to finding a part that’s comparably endearing or cute. Her character in This Means War isn’t going to win a popularity contest either.
Read review1 Mar 2012
Rediff.com
McG's This Means War degrades further the quality of breezy, typically happy-ending romantic comedies that Hollywood once excelled at. To keep the plot self-consciously thrilling, director McG (whose real name is Joseph McGinty Nichol...
Read review16 Mar 2012
Film School Rejects
Depending on how you interpret it, This Means War is either another insipid, aggressively convoluted candy-colored flick from that auteur of nothingness McG, or one of the great unrequited male love stories of all time.
Read review17 Feb 2012
Time Out London
Charm: we know it when we see it, but it’s impossible to manufacture. Buddy-action-romcom ‘This Means War’ tries so hard to be charming that it’s initially unsettling, then sort of sweet, and finally just pathetic.
UGO
This Means War aims to be the ultimate movie to see with your girl, but misses the mark on just about every level. It tries to appeal to men with action, women with romantic comedy (and two extremely good looking leads, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy)...
Read review17 Feb 2012
NowRunning.com
Ever since the popular cartoon "Spy Vs.Spy" appeared in Mad magazine, where two spies try to outsmart each other, this was an idea waiting to be explored. "This Means War" puts in the booty - the love of a lovely lady - as it pitches two equally...
Read review19 Mar 2012
Shadows on the Wall
This Means War A lively pace and a nicely warped sense of humour help make this paper-thin action-comedy a mindlessly enjoyable romp. Sure, the central romantic triangle never really gels, but the bromance subplot is rather sweet.
Read review9 Feb 2012
IBNLive
This Means War is a formulaic, predictable action-rom-com that'll win no points for originality, but it's all so light and frothy and inoffensive that, chances are, you won't get too bored.
Read review24 Mar 2012
CinemaBlend.com
With all due respect to General William Tecumseh Sherman, This Mean War isn’t hell. It just isn’t as fun as the various trailers and commercials make it out to be.
Maui Time
When two secret agents and best friends (Tom Hardy and Chris Pine) discover they're dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon), they act like ridiculously competitive jocks in high school pining over the head cheerleader.
Read review22 Feb 2012
Film4
Entertainment at its fluffiest but as a date movie with some genuine laughs, it works - just overlook the voyeuristic undertones and you'll have fun.
Movies.com
I don't answer reader questions about a film before it opens. I say, "Wait for the review. I'm not giving this stuff away for free." Then that person apologizes for wasting my precious time and I resume my busy schedule of napping and watching...
MediaMikes
Last week’s “Safe House” gave us a pair of spies that got down and dirty. This week, the boys from the C.I.A. are much more glamorous.
Read review16 Feb 2012
MovieXclusive.com
McG must have watched one too many cartoons when he was a kid- how else will you explain his obsessive love for them? After venturing into more mature territory with the inspirational sports drama 'We Are Marshall' and the sci-fi thriller...
The Sydney Morning Herald
It's a prime example of a film doing exactly what it promises, and doing so with relish. The film also serves as a timely reminder that there's a big difference between executing a formula with gusto and merely going through the motions.
Read review15 Feb 2012
Sky Movies HD
Although the marketing team – along with director McG (yes, that’s his real name) - have been trying to pitch this action espionage romcom as a frivolous guilty pleasure for both the sexes, it has, instead, the air of a cynically assembled “viral video” -
TotalFilm.com
There can’t be many who welcomed the news of McG returning to his roots to make a spy-based action comedy - although the prospect of Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as the Y chromosome’s answer to Charlie’s Angels might’ve pricked up a few female ears.
Read review30 Jan 2012
Hindustan Times
The kick-off love-triangle premise is intriguing, though. The script, reportedly in development since 1998, focuses on a couple of CIA agents who are also best friends. Ever-so-conveniently, they both happen to fall in love with the same woman.
Read review17 Mar 2012
Empire
That’s largely thanks to great casting. As unhappy singleton Lauren, Reese Witherspoon pulls off the tricky task of remaining sympathetic while seeing two gorgeous men, her character trying for an insouciant approach to modern dating that clearly...
Indian Express
CIA just doesn’t make war, it also makes "love". With all the tracking, bugging devices, all the smart agents, all the watching screens at its disposal, it helps two of its “best officers” be the men that the woman whom they both like wants them to be...
Read review16 Mar 2012
Kornang
เมื่อสายลับ CIA 2 หนุ่ม ที่บุึคลิกช่างแตกต่างกันราวฟ้ากับดิน แต่ต้องมาจับคู่เป็นคู่หูกัน เรื่องราวที่มันส์พะย่ะค่ะก็เกิดขึ้น แต่แล้วเมื่อทั้งคู่กลับต้องมาออกเดทกับสาวเจ้าคนเดียวกัน ความเป็นเพื่อนคงจะต้องหยุดไว้ชั่วขณะ กลายเป็นเรื่องราวที่กลืนไม่เข้าคายไม่
Kc
This Means War เป็นภาพยนตร์แอ็คชั่นโรแมนติกคอมเมดี้ของผู้กำกับ McG อีกหนึ่งคนในวงการภาพยนตร์ที่สร้างผลงานเอาใจผู้ชมมาตลอด แต่ไม่เคยได้รับเสียงตอบรับที่ดีจากด้านนักวิจารณ์เลย แม้ว่าเขาเองก็หันไปทำหนังสไตล์อื่นอย่างดราม่ากีฬา หรือแอ็คชั่นโลกแตกมาบ้างก็ตาม
Read review14 Mar 2012
Cast
Reese Witherspoon...Lauren
Chris Pine...FDR Foster
Tom Hardy...Tuck
Til Schweiger...Heinrich
Chelsea Handler...Trish
John Paul Ruttan...Joe
Abigail Spencer...Katie (as Abigail Leigh Spencer)
Angela Bassett...Collins
Rosemary Harris...Nana Foster
George Touliatos...Grandpa Foster
Clint Carleton...Jonas
Warren Christie...Steve
Leela Savasta...Kelly
Natassia Malthe...Xenia
Laura Vandervoort...Britta
Kevan Ohtsji...Sushi Chef
Louise Hradsky...Dancer
Aleks Paunovic...Karate Dad
Jill Teed...CIA Agent
Desiree Zurowski...Older Family Friend
Patrick Sabongui...CIA Agent
Panou...CIA Handler (Helicopter Handler)
Jakob Davies...Boy with Glasses
Elizabeth Weinstein...Smart Consumer Receptionist 'Ella'
Kevin O'Grady...Agent Boyles
Daren A. Herbert...Agent Bothwick
Ash Lee...Smart Consumer Employee
Kirstyn Konig...Dancer
Arien Boey...Trish's Kid
Paul Wu...Korean Leader
Jenny Slate...Emily
Kasey Ryne Mazak...Ken (Sushi Chef)
Baline Patry...Bucket Head Kid
Joey Forfellow...Karate Kid
Conrad Coates...Smart Consumer Guard 'Hudson'
Lee Razavi...Goth Girl
Affion Crockett...Video Clerk
Lossen Chambers...Focus Group Woman
Graeme Goodhall...Dancer (Waiter)
Alex Pesusich...Dancer (Waiter)
Che Pritchard...Dancer (Waiter)
Tyrell Witherspoon...Dancer
Jennifer Oleksiuk...Dancer
Paul Becker...Choreographer
Dariusz Slowik...Strip Club Bouncer
Mike Dopud...Ivan
Klodyne Rodney...Dog Shelter Worker 'Betty'
Mason Brown...Dog Shelter Kid 'Nick'
Thomas Potter...CIA Clerk 'Jenkins'
Fred Henderson...Older Family Friend
Michael Papajohn...German Goon
Derek Waters...Valet
Dominique Brownes...Hong Kong Beauty
Jennifer Kitchen...Focus Group Woman
Viv Leacock...Agent Downing
Lauren Watson...Sweater Set Girl
Gretal Montgomery...Flight Attendant 'Maya'
Jesse Reid...Agent Dickerman
Patrick Viktor Monroe...Tuck Sparring Partner
Mamie Laverock...Mamie
Daniela Dib...Russian Dancer
John Stewart...Trish's Husband
Allan Gray...Tailor
Mike Johnson...Heinrich's Driver
Richard O'Sullivan...Dancer
Emilie Ullerup...Ex-Girlfriend (uncredited)
Valin Shinyei...Toby (uncredited)
Nelson Carbonette...Pizza Guy (uncredited)
Production
Director:McG
Producer:Robert Simonds (producer)
Will Smith (producer)
Simon Kinberg (producer)
Brent O'Connor (executive producer)
Jeff Kwatinetz (executive producer)
James Lassiter (producer)
Lisa Stewart (executive producer)
Ross Fanger (co-producer)
Michael Green (executive producer)
Writer:Timothy Dowling (story) and)
Marcus Gautesen (story)
Simon Kinberg (screenplay)
Composer:Christophe Beck
Cinematographer:Russell Carpenter (director of photography)
Editing:Nicolas De Toth
Production Design:Martin Laing
Art Director:Kendelle Elliott
Eric Fraser
Set Decorator:Carol Lavallee
Costume Design:Sophie De Rakoff
Makeup:Emanuela Daus (assistant makeup artist)
Vanessa Giles (key makeup artist)
Mindy Hall (makeup artist: Chris Pine)
Naomi Bakstad (assistant makeup artist)
Amanda McGowan (assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Lona Vigi (hair stylist: Reese Witherspoon)
Victoria Down (department head makeup)
Rinaldo Ferrato (assistant hair stylist: second unit)
Robin Fredriksz (makeup artist: Reese Witherspoon)
Debra Johnson (key hair stylist: second unit)
Sherry Linder-Gygli (department head hair stylist)
Thom MacIntyre (key hair stylist)
Hayley Miller (assistant makeup artist: second unit)
Christopher Mark Pinhey (key makeup artist)
Amy Schmiederer (key makeup artist: Los Angeles)
Wendy Snowdon (key makeup artist: second unit)
Kimberley Spiteri (hair department head: Los Angeles)
Laurel Van Dyke (key hair stylist: Los Angeles)
Cindy J. Williams (makeup department head: Los Angeles)
Production Management:Aaron Downing (executive in charge of post-production (uncredited)
Drew Locke (production manager)
Brent C.S. O'Connor (production supervisor)
Nadia Paine (production supervisor: Los Angeles)
Frank Murray (production supervisor: insert unit (uncredited)
Ross Fanger (unit production manager: Los Angeles)
Brent O'Connor (unit production manager)
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