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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

entertainme: "this means war" review

Watching "This Means War" one can't help but enjoy the compatability of the two stars trading witty banter on the big screen. With their good looks, shiny Colgate smiles and charisma, they were destined to be paired together. However, the problem here is that the pair is not the affable Reese Witherspoon ("Water for Elephants") and Chris Pine ("Star Trek") nor is it Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy ("Warrior"). The couple stealing the scenes are Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as  CIA agents and best buddies who unknowingly fall for the same girl.

Directed by McG ("Charlie's Angels"), the film begins with a splashy fight scene as CIA agents /buddies FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) show off their proficiency as top agents, ticking off one serious bad guy (Til Schweiger as always perfectly cast in the role of villain) amidst the chaos and requisite dangling-off -the–roof-of-a-very-tall-building scene.

While these two suave agents with the boyish smiles could seemingly get any woman they want, they are alas, single. Thanks to an online dating site, however, they meet Lauren (Witherspoon), a product-tester who's also single with a dating profile courtesy of her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). Actually, Tuck meets Lauren on a date and minutes later Lauren meets FDR in a video store after the date. Lauren starts dating both guys not knowing they are CIA agents and neither Tuck nor FDR know that the other is dating Lauren. Follow me here? Once they do discover that they are dating the same woman, they  declare war on each other and deploy their spy gadgets  (and respective manpower) in order to keep an eye on each other and Lauren, planting bugs in her home while Lauren obliviously dances around to "This is How We Do It" (Think Tom Cruise in "Risky Business").

Reese Witherspoon is adorable as always as the girl caught between two gorgeous guys, Chris Pine IS the suave but sensitive good guy and  Tom Hardy plays the tough on the outside soft on the inside guy.

Maybe "This Means War" was supposed to an Action-slash-Rom-Com movie but it's really the scenes between Pine and Hardy that stand out, leaving Witherspoon dancing happily alone in her undies.

For: A first date especially if you met on a an online dating site then there will be the nudge nudge's throughout the movie.

"This Means War" is rated PG-13. 108 minutes.

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