PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language
Reese Witherspoon ...
Chris Pine ...
Tom Hardy ...
Til Schweiger ...
Chelsea Handler ...
John Paul Ruttan ...
Abigail Spencer ...
Angela Bassett ...
Rosemary Harris ...
| This Means War opens with macho CIA partners Franklin FDR Foster (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) breaking up a big score by a mysterious
international villain Heinrich (Til Schweiger) during which his brother dies in a fall from a roof. Franklin and Tuck decide, during a desk-duty penalty imposed by their boss (Angela Bassett) that they need some female companionship. Tuck, who’s
separated from his wife (Abigail Leigh Spencer), uses a dating service
to set up a date with Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), a hard-driving
consumer product analyst, who tests blenders, windows and power tools. Her saucy pal Trish (Chelsea Handler) had created
an on-line resume for her.
A love triangle begins when Lauren goes on a date with Tuck only to happen upon Franklin in a nearby video store. Womanizer Franklin decides to pursue her too, and before long both guys discover they’re
both interested in the same woman. So, they agree to a “may the best man
win” competition. They use the agency’s
surveillance tools to discover Lauren's likes and dislikes, and before long, the rivalry overwhelms their common sense, and that of the film as well.
Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon each have a nice sense of timing, but little material to demonstrate their abilities. The gestures are there, but that’s all. The screenplay might as well be blank pages, for the amount of laughter This Means War delivers. Directed by McG ("Charlie's Angels"), this is simply a very confusing lover's triangle where all the sex and petting never matches the high-kinetic energy being expended.