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Review: This Means War

Spy vs. Spy territory
By BRETT MICHEL  |  February 16, 2012
1.0 1.0 Stars

What promises to be a modern Jules and Jim (until you realize it's directed by a 43-year-old who calls himself "McG") quickly devolves into Spy vs. Spy territory, only with incompetently staged and edited action and little of that ol' Mad magazine zing. What we actually get is the spectacle of Captain Kirk vs. Bane. Or rather, Chris Pine vs. Tom Hardy, two fine actors who are stranded in their roles as "the world's deadliest CIA operatives" (yawn) who test the limits of their bromance when they fall for the same woman, the legally blonde Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), head of a Consumer Reports-style company. FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), relegated to desk jobs after a botched job in Hong Kong, might as well pack it in and work for her, since their antics become increasingly juvenile. Chelsea Handler's along as Lauren's bad advice-giving BFF. My advice? Watch Jules and Jim instead.

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