This Means War

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Overview

Two top CIA spies Star Trek's Chris Pine and Inception's Tom Hardy find their enduring friendship put to the ultimate test when they engage in an all-out war to win the affections of a beautiful woman Reese Witherspoon. Chelsea Handler and Til Schweiger co-star in a comedy co-written by Simon Kinberg Sherlock Holmes and Timothy Dowling Role Models and directed by McG Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation.
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Overview

Two top CIA spies Star Trek's Chris Pine and Inception's Tom Hardy find their enduring friendship put to the ultimate test when they engage in an all-out war to win the affections of a beautiful woman Reese Witherspoon. Chelsea Handler and Til Schweiger co-star in a comedy co-written by Simon Kinberg Sherlock Holmes and Timothy Dowling Role Models and directed by McG Charlie's Angels, Terminator Salvation.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Alternate endings; Audio commentary with director
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Don't be fooled by the classy, minimalist grey This Means War posters adorning your local multiplex, because this colorful, footloose bromantic action comedy from popcorn-flick auteur McG isn't just a fun return to form after the abysmal Terminator Salvation, but also proof positive that the oft-derided director has a genuine flair for comedy. And while gonzo-action lovers may be somewhat disappointed by the lack of cartoonish excess on display here, there's still more than enough comic chemistry and secret-agent shenanigans to keep us involved while the guns are holstered. FDR Chris Pine and Tuck Tom Hardy aren't just two of the top agents in the CIA; they also happen to be the very best of friends. More brotherly than most siblings, FDR and Tuck share virtually everything in their lives, including family. But after years of chasing bad guys across the globe and sweeping international beauties into their beds, both are starting to feel like they might be missing out on the benefits of true romance. And they're not the only ones: Career-driven Lauren Reese Witherspoon has a good job testing consumer products, but a recent breakup has left her depressed and lonely. Though things start to look up after Lauren meets Tuck on a popular dating website, the romance gets tangled when FDR by chance falls for her as well. Later, when the two pals realize they've been wooing the same woman, they strike a gentleman's agreement that they will both keep dating Lauren and allow her to pick the best man. Meanwhile, as the two secret agents use every tool at their disposal to gain an upper hand in the competition, their former target Heinrich Til Schweiger plots revenge for a botched raid that killed his brother months prior. If snark were of finite supply, its stock may be in dangerous threat of depletion due solely to the scorn so frequently directed at fluff Renaissance man McG by "serious" critics and film fans. To be fair, it's hard to blame them; a poster boy for glossy, mindless entertainment thanks to his involvement with the CW television network Nikita, Supernatural and his penchant for selecting style-over-substance movies, McG could be considered the modern, undisputed master of switch-your-brain-off-at-the-door entertainment though some might argue he'd have stiff competition from Michael Bay. And though the 2006 sports drama We Are Marshall hinted at a newfound maturity some may not have seen coming, 2009's Terminator Salvation took sci-fi melodrama to excruciating new lows, perhaps doing irreparable damage to the series that once seemed as unstoppable as its time-traveling android. If you're one of those moviegoers who seem genetically predisposed to hating McG, This Means War may not be enough to make you do a complete about-face, though it might give you pause when citing him as an archetypal example of everything that's wrong with Hollywood. Opening with a fast-paced action setup in Hong Kong, the film at first gives the impression that it might simply be a Charlie's Angels retread with a pair of James Bond wannabes. But as soon as the action moves back stateside, where FDR and Tuck are grounded by their superiors for making a spectacle of a top-secret mission, something unexpected happens -- the over-the-top action suddenly takes a major backseat to character development and mischievous comedy. Not only that, but the brotherly chemistry between the two protagonists is nearly equal to the romantic chemistry they each share with their leading lady, ensuring that restless viewers will stick with the comedy once the bullets stop flying. Yet it isn't until FDR and Tuck begin abusing their power in a frantic bid to impress the lovely Lauren that This Means War really hits its comic stride. Gradually upping the ante as they bug her apartment, employ satellite-surveillance technology, dispatch drones, and have their underlings compile full reports on each date, the director and screenwriters Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg keep the laughs coming at a genuinely satisfying pace as the smitten spies grow increasingly adversarial. Likewise, with a great comic set piece at a paintball contest shot like a "real" action sequence, an impressive apparently single-take sequence in which FDR and Tuck both sneak around Lauren's apartment undetected by her or each other, and a memorable trip to a private art collection, McG and company fill This Means War with a variety of lighthearted comic sequences that playfully poke fun at the conventions of both action films and romantic comedies. By the time the action element of the plot comes full circle near the end, we've been having so much fun that we've forgotten about it entirely -- not because it's been neglected in the script, but rather because the main plot works so well we're consistently engaged. Though it's good to know intellectually ambitious filmmakers will always be there to challenge and provoke us, it's also reassuring that McG still takes the high art of Hollywood gloss seriously.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2012
  • UPC: 024543755203
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,239

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reese Witherspoon Lauren
Chris Pine FDR Roster
Tom Hardy Tuck
Til Schweiger Heinrich
Chelsea Handler Trish
John Paul Ruttan Joe
Abigail Spencer Katie
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
Dominique Bourassa Brownes Hong Kong Beauty
Paul Wu Korean Leader
Daren Herbert Agent Bothwick
Kevin O'Grady Agent Boyles
Jesse Reid Agent Dickerman
Viv Leacock Agent Downing
Jenny Slate Emily
Kasey Ryne Mazak Ken (Sushi Chef)
Kevan Ohtsji Sushi Chef
Blaine Patry Bucket Head Kid
Aleks Paunovic Karate Dad
Joey Forfellow Karate Kid
Jakob Davies Boy with Glasses
Patrick Monroe Tuck Sparring Partner
Elizabeth Weinstein Smart Consumer Receptionist "Ella"
Ash Lee Smart Consumer Employee
Conrad Coates Smart Consumer Guard "Hudson"
Lauren Dowe Sweater Set Girl
Lee Razavi Goth Girl
Affion Crockett Video Clerk
Jennifer Kitchen Focus Group Woman
Lossen Chambers Focus Group Woman
John Stewart Trish's Husband
Jill Teed CIA Agent
Patrick Sabongui CIA Agent
Graeme Goodhall Dancer (Waiter)
Alex Pesusich Dancer (Waiter)
Che Pritchard Dancer (Waiter)
Louise Hradsky Dancer
Kirstyn Konig Dancer
Tyrell Witherspoon Dancer
Richard O'Sullivan Dancer
Jen Oleksiuk Dancer
Paul Becker Dancer
Allan H. Gray Tailor
Daruisz Slowick Strip Club Bouncer
Mike Dopud Ivan
Klodyne Rodney Dog Shelter Worker "Betty"
Mason Brown Dog Shelter Kid "Nick"
Thomas J. Potter CIA Clerk "Jenkins"
Desiree Zurowski Older Family Friend
Fred Henderson Older Family Friend
Mamie Laverock Mamie
Gretal Montgomery Flight Attendant "Maya"
Michael Papajohn German Groom
Arien Boey Trish's Kid
Derek Waters Valet
Mike Johnson Heinrich's Driver
Panou CIA Handler (Helicopter Handler)
Technical Credits
McG Director
Justine Baddeley Casting
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Jim Brebner Asst. Director
Russell Carpenter Cinematographer
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Sophie De Rakoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicolas de Toth Editor
Timothy Dowling Original Story, Screenwriter
Kendelle Elliott Art Director
Ross Fanger Co-producer
Eric Fraser Art Director
Robin Fredriksz Makeup
Marcus Gautesen Original Story
Michael Green Executive Producer
Mindy Hall Makeup
Simon Kinberg Producer, Screenwriter
Jeffrey Kwatinetz Executive Producer
Martin Laing Production Designer
Martin Lang Production Designer
James Lassiter Producer
Drew Locke Production Manager
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Jay Mitchell Set Decoration/Design
Brent O'Connor Executive Producer
Robert Simonds Producer
Will Smith Producer
Lisa Stewart Executive Producer
Derek Vanderhorst Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- This Means War
1. Chapter 1 [5:01]
2. Chapter 2 [5:08]
3. Chapter 3 [4:07]
4. Chapter 4 [3:14]
5. Chapter 5 [4:13]
6. Chapter 6 [2:00]
7. Chapter 7 [3:27]
8. Chapter 8 [3:45]
9. Chapter 9 [5:34]
10. Chapter 10 [4:32]
11. Chapter 11 [3:43]
12. Chapter 12 [2:53]
13. Chapter 13 [3:25]
14. Chapter 14 [4:46]
15. Chapter 15 [5:21]
16. Chapter 16 [5:18]
17. Chapter 17 [2:34]
18. Chapter 18 [2:46]
19. Chapter 19 [:29]
20. Chapter 20 [3:25]
21. Chapter 21 [4:02]
22. Chapter 22 [1:08]
23. Chapter 23 [4:48]
24. Chapter 24 [3:55]
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Disc #1 -- This Means War
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      Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
      Audio: English Descriptive Audio 5.1
      Audio: Español Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
      Audio: Français Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
      Audio: Audio Commentary by Director McG
      Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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  • Posted July 4, 2013

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    Romance. That's one thing. Action.That's another. Most people wo

    Romance. That's one thing. Action.That's another. Most people would find this movie comical, two agents 
    fighting each other for the same girl. And I agree with that. It's a good plot, but this film didn't carry out the plot like I as expecting it.
    I was expecting it to. The film was full of enough romance and really needed more action. It was funny, and
    you would be curious what would happen next but it was slightly disappointing. The villain wasn't strong enough 
    for you as a viewer to really loathe him, and the guys weren't love able enough for you to really care for them. C

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