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This Means War (2012)

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A pair of C.I.A. operatives wage an epic battle against one another when they discover they are dating the same woman.

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McG

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Timothy Dowling (screenplay), Simon Kinberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Two CIA agents, Tuck and Frank who are also best friends, have been benched because someone's after them. Tuck is divorced with a son whom he's not close to and Frank is a ladies man. Tuck decides to try and find someone so he places his profile on a dating website. Lauren, a woman also looking for a guy sees Tuck's profile and goes with him. She later bumps into Frank and he hits on her and she goes out with him. She's intrigued by both of them. When they learn that they're dating the same girl, they agree to let her choose. But both can't help but use their skills to keep tabs on her and each other. And also sabotage each other's dates with her. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's SPY against SPY.

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Japanese | Serbian

Release Date:

17 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¡Esto es guerra! See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,405,930, 19 February 2012

Gross USA:

$54,760,791

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$156,491,279
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The U.S. theatrical version was cut for some sex jokes to achieve a PG-13 rating. International theatrical versions were released uncut. However, the cut version was used for home video releases worldwide. See more »

Goofs

The movie was shot in Vancouver, although it was set in LA. In one scene, Trish is seen in her kitchen, with a box of President's Choice cereal. President's Choice is a primarily Canadian brand (although available in certain U.S. states) and would not be found in California. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man 1: [over comms] All eyes are up.
Man 2: Sat cams are good.
Man 1: Target is inbound.
Man 2: ETA five minutes.
Collins: Mission is a go. Repeat, you are green to go. Intercept and apprehend the Heinrich brothers. Secure the device. And remember, this mission is covert.
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Alternate Versions

Home video releases of the film contain three alternate endings. In the first alternate ending, Lauren is kidnapped and taken to a warehouse alongside FDR and Tuck, where she is forced to choose which one of them will be killed by the other. The ensuing action leads to the car chase featured at the end of the film. The second alternate ending shows Lauren choosing Tuck over FDR, with FDR carrying on life as a singleton. The third and final alternate ending sees FDR holding Tuck after the final explosion, as Lauren looks on. See more »

Connections

Featured in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2012 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Unstoppable (feat. Yoni)
Written by Charmand Grimloch (as Joachim Rygg) and Abdul Nasser Saleh
Performed by The DNC
Courtesy of Recurrent Records / Position Music
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User Reviews

 
Where did it go wrong?
1 May 2012 | by markthetrannySee all my reviews

I saw trailers for this in the cinema and considered going to see it. Thankfully I didn't waste £8 paying for a ticket. The premise for this seemed great- OK reminiscent of True Lies- but there seemed to be potential for comedy and drama. Potential that is sadly never realised. Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are both charming leads (Pine needs to stop doing that chewing with his mouth open thing)Reese Witherspoon is possibly a little old for this kind of role- or at least this kind of role with Hardy and Pine- but she plays the role well enough. The problem is that there is no plot to speak of, very little action and precious few laughs. The film is beautifully lit but the editing is horrible. It reminds the viewer of Quantum of Solace with its action sequences that could be memorable except the viewer can't see what is happening. It doesn't look a cheap film and the cast and premise could have made for something memorable but how could the end result be so unsatisfying. Vapid, bland, predictable and empty its like overdosing on cake icing because there is no cake underneath. All the way through I couldn't help wonder how so much could have gone wrong until as the end credits rolled I saw it was directed by McG . Nothing more to be said.


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