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THIS MEANS WAR (2012)
 
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Release Date: February 17, 2012
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: McG
Screenwriter: Timothy Dowling, Simon Kinberg
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Chelsea Handler, Til Schweiger, Abigail Spencer
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language)
Official Website: ThisMeansWarmovie.com

STUDIO SYNOPSIS: The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.
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THIS MEANS WAR (2012) Visual Review
Lauren can't believe her good luck. She's gone from being alone to dating two gorgeous, perfect men. However….



(iPad/iPhone here) Trailer. The world's deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman. Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis ever - each other.


"THIS MEANS WAR is about two of the world's top spies who've been partners and best friends for many years. Through a series of circumstances even they couldn't anticipate, they fall in love with the same woman," says producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg. "FDR and Tuck decide they're both going to date Lauren and see which one she chooses. As each begins to fall for Lauren, they get increasingly competitive and employ their spy tactics and techniques to sabotage each other. Lauren, who just wanted to find the right guy, has no idea that FDR and Tuck are waging war for her love."


Director McG wanted these bigger than life situations to be relatable. "We wanted to present that in a way that felt very credible," says the Charlie's Angels and Terminator: Salvation helmer. "We weren't interested in making a spoof.


In December 2010, Reese Witherspoon received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her performance as June Carter Cash opposite Joaquin Phoenix in the biopic Walk the Line, earned her the 2006 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.


Tom Hardy seemed to become an overnight sensation with his breakthrough work in Inception, he has also turned in excellent performances in the recent dramas Warrior; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Bronson, and RocknRolla.


Chris Pine did the critical and box office success portrait of the young James T. Kirk in Star Trek, and an inexperienced train conductor in the heart pounding drama Unstoppable.


An unintended threesome.



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: A Gentleman’s Agreement. The "spy against spy" storyline - what happens when two best friends who have incredible skill sets turn on each other - is integral to the film's humor and action.


Director McG: “I would ask, if James Bond encountered [Mission: Impossible protagonist] Ethan Hunt, would they have a great deal of respect for each other? Of course they would. But would one ever acquiesce to the other? No way. Each man recognizes the skill of the other but at the end of the day, each is betting on himself. And that is a great engine for a movie."



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: Decision Making Mode. Says Witherspoon: "Everybody has one of those crazy friends who does wacky things and lives vicariously through their dating friends. I've known Chelsea for a while, and it was fun that we got to make this movie together. She's just perfect person for the role."


"It's every woman's fantasy to have two unbelievably hot, sexy guys battling over you," says Witherspoon. "Lauren doesn't know that Tuck and FDR are secret agents for the CIA. THIS MEANS WAR is almost like two different movies. My character's in a comedy and Chris' and Tom's are in a big action film."



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: The Camaro Date. But THIS MEANS WAR audiences will see a movie "first": Reese Witherspoon mixing it up with the boys in full throttle action mode. Not only does she get to drive at excessive speeds on a military racetrack in a drophead coupe, she flew on a swinging trapeze, and donned a mask and firearm for an intense, ruthless game of paintball. "By the end of the movie, Reese is at the center of the action," says McG.


Witherspoon also appreciated the two sides of Lauren. "At work, Lauren is the most decisive woman in the world, but in her personal life, she's very indecisive. I think a lot of people can relate to her feeling of, 'Am I picking the right guy for me.'"



(iPad/iPhone here) Clip: The Restaurant Fight






“Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.”
--Oscar Wilde

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