This Means War (2012)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 38 mins

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Two CIA agents, Tuck and Frank who are also best friends, have been benched because someone's after them. Tuck is divorced with a son whom he's not close to and Frank is a ladies man. Tuck decides to try and find someone so he places his profile on a dating website. Lauren, a woman also looking for a guy sees Tuck's profile and goes with him. She later bumps into Frank and he hits on her and she goes out with him. She's intrigued by both of them. When they learn that they're dating the same girl, they agree to let her choose. But both can't help but use their skills to keep tabs on her and each other. And also sabotage each other's dates with her.
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Cast: Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy

Crew: Joseph McGinty Nichol (Director), Russell Carpenter (Director of Photography), Christophe Beck (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance

Release Dates: 16 Mar 2012 (India)

Tagline: It's SPY against SPY.

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Feature Film
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Datasat Digital Sound, Dolby, Dolby Digital
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It's SPY against SPY.
Audio/Video Mismatch
In the scene where Tuck and FDR are being scolded after Hong Kong, Tuck starts talking but his mouth does not move until the angle changes.

In the final chase sequence at the end of the bridge, they shoot and break the headlights of the silver van to open its airbag. But after that when the car hits the guardrail the lights are not broken.

Tuck's son Joe is missing two of his upper front teeth when meeting with Lauren in the school. In the next scene, Joe is missing two of his lower teeth.

When Maya comes over to FDR's house for her Tuesday layover, her hair is up/down between shots.

When FDR takes Lauren to the Pizza restaurant and they are talking. When the camera pans behind FDR you can see he is eating pizza then when the camera goes in front of him he is no-longer eating pizza and there is no pizza in his hand. This happens 4 or 5 times over the scene.

When FDR and Tuck are fighting in the restaurant they fall from an upper level to a lower level. Initially, when they are both falling, it appears that they will miss the table. In the next cut, they both land on the table.

While in the store shopping, the paper towels are first down in the cart. When she places pink item in cart, the paper towels are in the upper part of the cart. Clearly seen when she is adding wine to cart.

In the early scene where the villains arrive by Helicopter at the party/club, during the fighting the registration number of the helicopter on the pad changes between an OE-EAF (Austrian) Registration and a US N2... Registration.

The amount of blood on FDR's and Tuck's faces, switches from scene to scene.

The first helicopter shot has a helicopter with a tail-number registered in the USA (USA starts with N). The second shot of the "same" helicopter is of a different helicopter, which has a tail-number starting with OE, which is the registration for the county of Austria.

When the Volkswagen Beetle is being escorted by Heinrich, the convertible top is down. When it is mid-air heading into the pond, the top is up but not locked into position. Then the close up in the pond shows the top down again.

During Tuck and Lauren's first date, there is a bottle of water by the table leg but it's gone in the next shot.

There are at least two Jeeps used during the final chase sequence. When Tuck and FDR commandeer the the Jeep at the restaurant, it is an automatic with a column mounted gear selector. You actually see Tuck use it to put it in gear. Later during the chase sequence, the Jeep is a manual shift. There is a close-up shot of the pedals when Tuck applies the brakes and a clutch pedal is clearly visible. At the end of the scene they show a side-view of the Jeep and the shift lever is obvious coming up out of the floor.

When Joe puts his beats on for the first time, the wire is on his left. After the camera spans over to Tuck and back to Joe, the wire is on his right.

In final scenes at the end of the bridge, police van is parked parallel with the guardrail, with one ambulance also parallel and one diagonal. (As it zooms out, camera and crew visible on bottom of screen) When the scene changes to aerial shot of bridge, police van is diagonally parked, the two ambulances are parked in an improbable T-shape, with on of the ambulances' doors facing off the bridge.

When FDR is packing a box with the contents of his office, Lauren calls Tuck to arrange a meeting. Tuck slams the laptop on his desk shut, gets up, grabs his jacket and leaves. As he walks away and off screen, the laptop is open again.

Lauren walks into the night club with FDR without a jacket. When leaving she's wearing one.

When Lauren and her friend are shopping, we can see a man with a green shirt passing two times behind them in a short amount of time.

Lauren's hair is down and loose before they go around the corner to the pizza place. Next shot at the pizza place her hair is pulled up into a different hairstyle.

Errors in Geography
The movie was shot in Vancouver, although it was set in LA. In one scene, Trish is seen in her kitchen, with a box of President's Choice cereal. President's Choice is a primarily Canadian brand (although available in certain U.S. states) and would not be found in California.

Errors in Geography
In the 'Hong Kong' scene, at street level we can see the licence plates on cars have white lettering/numbering on a blue background. Hong Kong cars have black-on-white at the front, and black-on-yellow at the rear. In Fact, those car plates belong to Shanghai, according to the beginning "Hu" of the plates.

Factual Mistake
The section of the movie store in front of which Lauren and FDR bump into each other for the first time is the "drama" section. Most of the movies seen on the shelves in this section, e.g. "Aliens", "Marmaduke", "Predators", "Ice Age"... etc., can hardly be considered "drama".

Revealing Mistakes
In the sushi bar scene, the neon sushi sign is facing inward and reads "SUSHI". It should be facing outward for which it would read "IHSUS" inside the restaurant.

Revealing Mistakes
Although the VW was hit from both ends at the restaurant, when the VW is speeding along the unfinished freeway, there is no damage to the car at all.
Though both Tuck's real name is never mentioned, it can be seen as his screen name on the dating site, John Harrison. FDR's grandmother asks Lauren, "so you're the girl who's keeping Franklin (FDR) busy?" when they are introduced.

Sam Worthington, Colin Farrell, Justin Timberlake and Seth Rogen were considered for the lead roles, but eventually Chris Pine and Tom Hardy were cast.

Most of Chelsea Handler's lines were ad-libbed, including the mention of Cheetos and Mike and Ike.

Bradley Cooper was cast but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

James Franco was offered a role, but declined.

Both guys on the singles website on each side of Tuck's picture, are crew members of the movie. They also show up in the video store database as FDR is searching for Lauren's info. Jay Mitchell (set design) and Peter Stratford (assitant art director).

FDR, played by Chris Pine, calls Tuck about a CHiPs (1977) marathon. Chris Pine's father, Robert Pine was a cast member on CHiPs (1977).

Lauren and Tuck first meet at The Blarney Stone, a real pub located in Downtown Vancouver. It is known to be one of the busiest gastropubs in town.

Both Tom Hardy and Chris Pine appeared in this movie and both will go on to be in film adaptions of Tom Clany's work. Tom Hardy will be Sam Fisher in Splinter Cell and Chris Pine will be in Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy have both appeared in Star Trek (1966)-related films. Hardy played Praetor Shinzon of Romulus & Remus in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), while Pine played Cpt. Kirk in Star Trek (2009).

When the film was submitted to the Motion Picture Association of America, the film was given an "R" rating due to some racy dialogue spoken by Chelsea Handler's character. It was later edited and given a "PG-13" rating for "sexual content including references, some violence and action, and for language" for the theatrical release.

The scene where Lauren and Trish are shopping for laundry detergent near the beginning of the film was shot at a Canadian Tire store.

Trish calls Lauren from a children's play center, which is a real place called "Crash Crawly's". It is located near a freeway which can be seen through the windows.

FDR's grandma reveals his real name to be Franklin. Franklin D Roosevelt was commonly known by his initials FDR and this is where Chris Pine's character got his name.

An ending was shot with Lauren ending up with Tuck.
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