Wednesday, February 15, 2012
This Means War Review - 2 Stars
A mix of action movie and chick flick romance “This Means War” hopes to satisfy men and women. Good luck with that. “This Means War” stretches credibility from the opening frame in which Chris Pine and Tom Handy play super spies who shoot up an entire black tie party and emerge without a scratch only to lose the baddest of the bad guys, the better to leave a villain for the ending. Blonde perky Oscar winner Reece Witherspoon plays a consumer products expert unable to get a date. Yeah, I had trouble with that one too. Somehow she meets both guys at different times, sparks fly, and they both must have her and she’s unsure which one to take. The spies use their company expertise to look in on each other’s progress. Reece gets advice from the Joan Rivers-like Chelsea Handler. (Actually Chelsea is one of the funniest things in the movie and lands several hilarious lines.) I suspect “This Means War” will snag some of the worst reviews of the year. Some will go anyway and find it ok. I’m mixed. I didn’t like a lot of the movie but laughed at Chelsea Handler’s lines. Does it deliver what it promises? Tries to combine action with romance. Is it entertaining? Some funny lines. Is it worth the price of admission? Skip it and watch something else.