It’s pretty rare that I watch a “chick flick,” and it’s even more rare that I admit I actually enjoyed it. This Means War stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. The film also features Chelsea Handler, one of my favorite comedian
The story is begins with two friends Tuck (Hardy) and FDR (Pine), who are CIA agents working undercover to stop an international criminal from obtaining weapons of mass destruction. During a mission, the brother of the criminal, Heinrich, gets killed. Tuck and FDR are immediately put on desk duty since this death has put them in immediate danger. Doesn’t sound like a chick flick yet? It’s about to happen.
Meanwhile, Lauren (Witherspoon), who works in a lab, is trying to get over a failed engagement with the help of her friend, Trish (Handler.) Trish decides to put Lauren on a dating website in an attempt to help her get over her ex. Personally, if this happened to me, Trish would be in hot water. Lauren decides to go along with it and at least give it a try. Little does she know, she’s about to meet two men who will change her life.
FDR and Tuck are polar opposites; FDR is a womanizer while Tuck, a divorcee with a child, is looking for love again. As both men began dating, they both encounter Lauren in different scenarios. She sets up on a date with Tuck through the website and they hit it off from the start. That same day, she meets FDR in a video store after her date and is immediately turned off. It’s only after he turns up at her job that she agrees to go on a date with him, just to get him off her back. They have a horrible date and as Lauren is about to leave, she runs into her ex-fiance and his new lady. Flabbergasted and nervous, she claims FDR is her new boyfriend in order to have some sort of leg up on her ex. After that, Lauren and FDR begin to get along.
A short time after, Tuck and FDR get to talking about the great girls they have each met.The two men decide to show each other a picture of the girls they are respectively seeing; it’s Lauren… for both of them.
They decide to have a competition to see who can “win” Lauren’s heart. From here, it goes downhill a bit. The men essentially have an hour long pissing contest to try to get the girl. The best thing about this part of the movie is Handler making fun of Lauren for how indecisive she is about which man she wants to commit to. It is also entertaining how Handler makes fun of the men as Lauren describes the things she doesn’t like about them. It’s Handler’s sharp, witty sarcasm that keeps the viewer engaged until the climax of the film.
Lauren finds out that the men knew they were both dating her and no, she’s not happy about it. Heinrich comes back into the picture after the big reveal and things begin to pick up again.
This movie was advertised as one that both men and women would enjoy. There is so little action that I can’t see how men would (unless they truly enjoy romantic comedies). However, it was a light, cute and mostly funny movie that, of course, ends happily ever after… but with who? You’ll have to watch to find out.