Saturday, February 18, 2012
Take a little True Lies, mix in a dash of Mr. & Mrs Smith, add a touch of Ocean's Eleven and then half-bake and you've got a mildly entertaining, romantic spy comedy - McG style.
This Means War stars Reese Witherspoon as the lucky lady being courted by two super cute spies. Of course Reese's character, Lauren thinks she's just dating two super cute guys. Lauren is an executive at a consumer products research firm, who lately has had a run of bad luck or no luck in the romance department. Her older, married friend, Trish (Chelsea Handler) decides to start an online dating profile for Lauren without her knowledge.
On the boys side - Tuck (Tom Hardy – Warrior, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and FDR (Chris Pine – Star Trek, Unstoppable) are CIA agents temporarily benched at desk jobs because of a messy, too public mission, worthy of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith in Bad Boys.
Tuck decides he's going to take advantage of the down time to try online dating and finds Lauren. I won't go into details on how or why she starts dating both Tuck and FDR. Suffice it to say, once the guys find out they are seeing the same woman, the real action and comedy of the film heats up, as they try to out maneuver and out romance one another using the CIA's best operatives, surveillance equipment and any other arsenals at their disposal. Making a more fitting title for the movie – All's Fair in Love and War.
There's a little something about the editing of maybe the first 40 minutes or so of the movie that feels disjointed, perhaps too many quick setups. There's also some oddly placed between scenes, black screens. And I hate seeing a fabulous actress like Angela Bassett be reduced to a bit part as the obligatory black authority figure. Other wise, This Means War is a fun, popcorn movie for both sexes. Hardy and Pine both, are sexy and loveable, although I didn't really buy Pine as an agent. Reese, is as always, adorably hot. And I have no problems with the main thrust of the film - a woman getting to choose between two eager suitors; albeit for me, there would have been no contest.