Monday, February 20, 2012

Movie Review: This Means War

 I have to admit, ever since I saw Inception, I've had a bit of a thing for Tom Hardy. My friend KJ has a bit of a thing for Chris Pine, so it was a foregone conclusion that we'd see This Means War together. Our verdict? This is the perfect date movie with its mix of romance (and eye candy) and action.

FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) are best friends and dangerous CIA operatives. Tuck is the recently divorced father who is just tipping his toes back into the dating pool. FDR is a playboy who dives into that same dating pool with gusto. Tuck puts his profile on a dating site and ends up with Lauren, a consumer products tester who needs to jumpstart her dating life.

FDR plans to be at a nearby video rental store when Tuck and Lauren meet for coffee, just in case his BFF needs to get out of his date. Fortunately, he doesn't need to. However, when Lauren stops by the same video store, she meets FDR. Once the two realize they are after the same girl, their gentlemen's agreement to let the best man win (while maintaining their friendship) quickly falls by the wayside.

While they should be looking for an assassin, they spend most of their time using their formidible CIA resources to bug Lauren's home, instal GPS units in her car and phone, with the expressed goal of using all of this intel to get the girl.

We really enjoyed this movie, it had a great mix of romance and some serious action. As a rom-com, no one expects a lot of plot twist and I pretty much knew who'd end up with the girl about 10 minutes in but it was a fun ride and that is all anyone really wants from a movie like this anyway.

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