This Means War

Too Smarmy

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Release Date: February 17, 2012

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine,
Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler
Angela Bassett, Til Schweiger,
Abigail Leigh Spencer, John
Paul Ruttan

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 98 minutes

Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.

Director: McG

Executive Producer: Michael Green, Jeffrey Evan
Kwatinetz, Brent O’Connor,
Lisa Stewart

Producer: Robert Simonds, James
Lassiter, Will Smith, Simon
Kinberg

Writer: Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg

Address Comments To:

Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
(Fox Searchlight Pictures/Fox International/Fox Atomic/FoxFaith)
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
Website: www.fox.com

Content:

(RoRo, LLL, VV, SS, N, M) Strong Romantic worldview that kind of mocks the dating scene, but contains too much slimy rebellious comedy; about 16 obscenities (including one “f” word), one strong profanity mentioning Jesus, 16 light exclamatory profanities such as My God or Oh God, and an obscene gesture; strong action violence, some of it comic, includes gunfights, explosions, car chase with explosions, people hang from scary heights, fighting, and a father (a minor character in the story) loudly encourages his son to be mean during a karate match with another boy; strong sexual content, especially in several slimy comments such as married woman offers to bed her friend’s boyfriends to tell her which one to choose and man admits he slept with friend’s future ex-wife before he knew her, implied fornication in one scene after couple in their underclothes passionately kiss while lying down in kitchen, another scene has a couple kissing passionately on couch but later it turns out no fornication occurred, men ogle women at a party and vice versa, and scene shows married woman under her husband in their underwear in their living room and a couple crude comments are uttered about it; upper male nudity and women in bra in two scenes; alcohol use and drunkenness; no smoking; and, deceit, two male best friends pull tricks on one another to get a girl and this endangers their friendship, minor character bullies people in karate class for children.

Summary:

THIS MEANS WAR is a romantic comedy about two secret agent friends who become attracted to the same woman and use their spy skills to outfox the other guy. THIS MEANS WAR shows signs of comic brilliance, but goes off the rails too often and contains too many smarmy sexual references.

Review:

THIS MEANS WAR shows signs of comic brilliance, but it goes off the rails too often and contains too many smarmy sexual references. Most of those references revolve around the female lead’s friend character, played by comedienne Chelsea Handler, who apparently only knows how to do lewd material.

The basic plotline to THIS MEANS WAR is that two secret agent friends, Franklin and Tuck, accidentally become attracted to the same woman. When they find out they’re both interested in the same girl, they use all the tricks of their trade to stop the other guy. Meanwhile, the girl, Lauren, gets dating advice from her lewd, outrageous friend. What will happen when Lauren finds out the two men know each other?

THIS MEANS WAR is very funny when the two men are trying to outfox the other guy and win Lauren’s heart. Even there, however, there are some lewd, crude moments that seem too smarmy. Still, most of the slimy moments come from Lauren’s best friend character, played by Chelsea Handler, who has her own show on the E! Channel. Finally, although the resolution to the conflict is satisfying, Franklin makes another slimy comment to Tuck in the last scene. This leads to the movie’s final comical moment. All this crude PG-13 comedy, though not constant will turn off media-wise viewers if they make the mistake of seeing THIS MEANS WAR. THIS MEANS WAR isn’t completely abhorrent, but forewarned is forearmed.

In Brief:

THIS MEANS WAR shows signs of comic brilliance, but goes off the rails too often and contains too many smarmy sexual references. The basic plotline to THIS MEANS WAR is that two secret agent friends, Franklin and Tuck, accidentally become attracted to the same woman. When they find out they’re both interested in the same girl, they use all the tricks of their trade to stop the other guy. Meanwhile, the girl, Lauren, gets dating advice from her lewd, outrageous friend. What will happen when Lauren finds out the two guys know each other?

THIS MEANS WAR is very funny when the two men are trying to outfox the other guy and win Lauren’s heart. Even there, however, there are some lewd, crude moments that seem smarmy. Still, most of the slimy moments come from Lauren’s best friend character, even though she’s married. Finally, although the resolution to the main conflict is satisfying, Franklin makes another slimy comment to Tuck in the last scene. All this crude PG-13 comedy, though not constant, will turn off media-wise viewers if they make the mistake of seeing THIS MEANS WAR. Forewarned is forearmed.