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Trying to Be Buddy Movie & Rom Com & Spy Action at the Same Time, And Succeeds as None,
This review is from: This Means War (DVD)
Two CIA agents FDR Foster and Tuck compete for the love of the same woman Lauren, using their espionage skills and the organization's high-tech weapons. And in their spare time the young agents (who are also best friends) save the world from terrorists. The agents are played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Their love interest is played by Reese Witherspoon. This is buddy film meets romantic comedy meets spy action. The idea seems fine enough, at least on paper.
However, "This Means War" is a disappointment. You don't have any real action scenes. All you get is one generic shoot-out, so-so car chase and Til Schweiger as a villain who looks bored. As for the romantic aspect of the film, Reese Witherspoon is miscast. I like her, but though she does her best to infuse charm into the underwritten character, Witherspoon, known for playing brainy women, is not convincing as a woman who cannot make up her mind to choose. The same goes for the characters played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, both talented actors. Unfortunately, they are given no chance to show their skills, comedic or otherwise.
The film's supports include two Oscar nominees Angela Bassett and Rosemary Harris. Their roles are small and forgettable. Instead, the film spends pretty much time on very annoying Chelsea Handler playing Witherspoon's best friend.
"This Means War" is directed by McG. I liked his "Charlie's Angels" for its utter silliness which was fun. Everything about "This Means War" is also silly, but not much fun because everything is done in an unenthusiastic and lukewarm manner.