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This Means War Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

Watch out, Gerard Butler... Read full review

1.5

Grae Drake Profile

This love triangle is obtuse. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    31

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This perfectly dreadful romantic action comedy manages to embarrass its three eminently attractive leading players in every scene, making this an automatic candidate for whatever raspberries or golden turkeys or other dubious awards may be given in future for the films of 2012.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Silly action sequences grow tedious and rarely blend with the wannabe madcap comedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    As is true in most buddy pictures, the real love in This Means War is between FDR and Tuck. Pine and Hardy are an odd choice as Men Who Bond. Pine behaves like a player on Entourage; Hardy broods as if he thinks dating is torture. But as a result, they're kind of cute in an itchy and scratchy way, ­bumping shoulders in a pantomime of what men do in love and war.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Lackluster action romcom has violence, sexual references.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that This Means War is a romantic comedy-meets-spy thriller with lots of sexual innuendo, passionate kissing, and action violence (including shooting and some deaths, though nothing particularly graphic). The language includes one use of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "d--k," and the like. There's one love scene and several references to sex (including doing it with two guys as a "tiebreaker") and many make-out scenes. Although the movie's premise is comical, it can also send the iffy message that lying about who you are can win someone's heart. Note: The movie was initially rated R but was re-rated PG-13 upon appeal.

  • Families can talk about why so many movies, books, and more revolve around the premise of a love triangle. What's the appeal of that kind of story? Do you think it's a realistic situation?
  • What messages does This Means War send about relationships? Do you think Lauren treats one or both of the men unfairly? Are the men wrong to spy on Lauren to get ahead in the competition for her love? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding love and relationships.
  • Tuck's ex-wife becomes interested in him again when she finds out he's really a CIA agent. Are women only interested in men with "cool" or well-paying jobs? Would you want to be in a relationship with someone whose interest in you was based on your job?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's ultimate message is that you shouldn't put on an act while you're dating someone. But for most of the movie, both men are using information they've acquired as CIA agents to woo Lauren under false premises. Still, Lauren decides that the only advice she needs isn't "who's the better guy" but who makes her the better girl.

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    Role models: At first, the guys are willing to back away from Lauren when each realizes that the other is seeing her, too, but then they decide to vie for her affections. The two agents don't play fairly and pretend to be interested in things only because they know Lauren loves them.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Plenty of action-packed, quickly edited violence. Characters die, but it's not gory -- several are shot in quick succession; another falls off the side of a building. Tuck and FDR threaten a possible informant with a wrench and get into fights during their missions. Explosions, gun shots, hand-to-hand combat, and martial arts moves, but the body count isn't high, and the scenes are so fast paced that you can barely tell who's hurt where.

  • sex false3

    Sex: One love scene (the woman is shown in her bra and panties; the man is shirtless), plus lots of make-out scenes and references to sex -- like when Lauren decides to have a "sex tiebreaker," or her best friend, Trish, discusses who looks like he'd have "dirty sex." Trish also encourages Lauren to talk about the fact that she was a gymnast, because guys like women who are "flexible" and can do certain things in bed. A man describes sex as "entered the premises"; two best friends swear not to have sex with Lauren but then do it anyway.

  • language false4

    Language: One "f--k" and several uses of "s--t," plus "ass," "bitch," "bastard," "damn," "horny pants," "p---y," "d--k," "hell," "crap," "oh my God," "idiots," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Many shots of Mac computers and various cars, including a Camaro, a Suburban, an Audi, and a BMW.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink socially at various dinners and dates. One character stashes alcohol in a sippy cup and at one point refers to her drink as "mommy's special milk." She also refers to her marital sex appointment as doing it "with Cheetos and wine."

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