Movie Mom

Movie Mom

This Means War

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and language
Profanity:Some strong language
Nudity/Sex:Sexual references and situations, some crude
Violence/Scariness:Action-style spy violence
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2012
DVD Release Date:May 22, 2012
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and language
Profanity: Some strong language
Nudity/Sex: Sexual references and situations, some crude
Alcohol/Drugs: Drinking
Violence/Scariness: Action-style spy violence
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012

In the world of this film, American spies work in stylish and luxurious L.A. offices and live in cool apartments that look like the ads in Maxim with people toasting each other with expensive vodka.  One of the apartments is underneath a swimming pool, so the occupant can look up at the way the light plays through the clear blue water as luscious lovelies swim by.  And that’s the believable part.

Chris Pine plays FDR and Tom Hardy plays Tuck, quip-spouting spies, who are always going to elegant parties for glamorous undercover missions and exchanging purportedly witty barbs as they chase the bad guys.  FDR (really?) is the playa and Tuck is the sensitive divorced dad.  It’s a big-time bro-mance with such blurred boundaries that they seem to have the same mother, even though Tuck is British.  At a family party, Rosemary Harris (“Spider-Man’s” Aunt May) gently chides them both for not producing grandchildren – and then strangely dismisses the fact that Tuck already has a son, who does not count any more, presumably because of the divorce or maybe because no one cared enough to check back to the other pages of the script.


Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) is a consumer products tester who has not dated for a while.  She meets Tuck via an online match-up site and – another example of how completely out of date this movie is – she meets FDR in a DVD rental store.  All of a sudden, she has gone from not dating anyone to dating two guys at once. And her specialty is product testing, even though she is a good girl who gets the flutters at the idea, egged on by her friend (Chelsea Handler), she decides to date them both.  When they find out, they become intensely competitive in a way that is supposed to be charming and funny but in reality is just extremely stalker-ish and strongly suggests that she is just the hapless proxy for their intense attachment to one another, they use all of their training and resources to subvert and spy on each other.  One is getting too close to having sex with Lauren?  Bring out the tranquilizer darts.  Sure, why not spend the billion dollar technology that is supposed to be trained on terrorists to eavesdrop on each other’s dates?  We are supposed to find it endearing, but I was horrified.


Parents should know that this film includes action violence and peril with guns, chases, and explosions, sexual humor — some crude — and non-explicit situations, and strong language.

Family discussion: How did Lauren’s professional background affect the way she evaluated FDR and Tuck?  Which man was more honest with her?

If you like this, try: “Get Smart”





Previous Posts

Meryl Streep Calls for More Women Film Critics
The Hollywood Reporter quotes Meryl Streep on the disproportionate number of male film critics on Rotten Tomatoes:  "The word isn’t 'disheartening,' it’s 'infuriating,'” she said. “I submit to you that men and women are not the same. ...

posted 8:00:10am Oct. 09, 2015 | read full post »

Big Stone Gap
Even in small towns, big things can happen. Sometimes the most famous movie star in the world stops by and makes international headlines. And ...

posted 5:51:50pm Oct. 08, 2015 | read full post »

Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a 23-year veteran of the police force, learns that she has terminal cancer. And then she learns something even ...

posted 5:50:17pm Oct. 08, 2015 | read full post »

Mr. Peabody to Appear on Jeopardy!
Everyone's favorite educated canine appears tonight on Jeopardy to match his matchless historical knowledge against the contestants. He will be the first dog to host an entire category. [iframe width="560" height="315" ...

posted 4:35:58pm Oct. 08, 2015 | read full post »

Exclusive Clip: Romantic Comedy "You Cast a Spell on Me"
[jwvideo vid='OCuEIYdB' pid='GvkPWNBE'] We are delighted to premiere an exclusive clip from the bewitching romantic comedy "You Cast A Spell On Me," starring Ryan McPartlin ("Chuck") and Nikki Deloach ("Awkward"), now available on Digital HD ...

posted 4:26:21pm Oct. 08, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.