Trailer Talk: 'This Means War' Looks Like a Bromantic Version of 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'

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What’s to Like:

McG, who previously directed ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘We Are Marshall,’ is at the helm of this new film about two CIA agents who realize they are dating the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). This action comedy looks like a bromantic version of ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith.’ In fact, one of the film’s writers is ‘Smith’ screenwriter Simon Kinberg. However, in this film, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy will be the ones battling it out instead of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. I enjoyed ‘Smith,’ so I think ‘War,’ which seems to follow a similar format, has potential.

What’s to Dislike:

The trailer strikes a tired note when it shows the two agents flipping their computers around to reveal they are dating the same woman. The whole love triangle angle feels a bit tired, especially for Witherspoon, who was caught in a love triangle in her recent pic ‘How Do You Know.’ Also, Chelsea Handler’s presence in the film makes me want to steer clear.

The Verdict:

Despite Handler and the love triangle, I’m still looking forward to this new comedy. I’m a big fan of both Witherspoon and Pine, so I think they could add renewed energy to this story. If this film is as fun as ‘Smith,’ it will definitely be worth a look.

Release Date: February 17, 2012


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