A quick review of critics' opinions on this one leaves me discouraged. Overall, the so-called "experts" tell me it stinks.
Here's a quick summary of This Means War: Two CIA operatives, Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine), are also best buddies. Things are going great -- the guys are involved in closing some huge cases successfully, and they work really well together. Everything is perfect, until both men begin dating Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). Then? Well, then, it's all out war. All bets are off as these two savvy agents compete for Lauren's affections. They'll go to any lengths to win her love, it seems. Hilarity ensues. Or does it?
Based on movie critics' reviews, hilarity does not ensue. Some of my favorite critics absolutely hate this movie, including my all-time favorite, Roger Ebert. Ebert doesn't pull any punches with This Means War, saying:
"If there's anything I hate more than a stupid action comedy, it's an incompetent stupid action comedy."
Yikes. Incompetent is never a description you want attached to a movie you want to see. Ebert gives This Means War one-and-a-half stars. For those who might not know, four stars is his highest rating - so this is bad, bad, bad.
I heart Reese Witherspoon movies, I really do. But based on some of these stinking reviews, I'll likely wait for the DVD release. Movies are simply too pricey in theaters to risk it. If anyone does see This Means War before then, let me know: If you liked it, tell me why. Just a slight arm twist might send me to see this in the theater.