This Means War

Theatrical Release: February 17, 2012
This Means War


Two of the world’s deadliest CIA operatives are inseparable partners and best friends – until they discover that they’ve fallen in love with the same woman. Deciding to keep their friendship a secret from her, they pull out their full arsenal of fighting skills and high-tech gadgetry to defeat their greatest enemy – each other.

Dove Review

The entertainment in this film is there without question if you like plenty of action. The plot is interesting as two federal agents fall for the same girl and she in turn falls for them and has to decide which one she wants to be with on a permanent basis. However, the language is strong including one “F” bomb not to mention a bit of a strong sex scene and several innuendos and the violence is also enough as to warrant a three from us, which crosses Dove’s line of acceptability for family viewing.

To the film’s credit, Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) does manage to pick between FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) and the one not chosen even manages to find happiness as a past relationship is renewed. There is a lot of action and funny moments in the movie but we can’t recommend this one for the family so, unfortunately, no Dove Seal from us.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: An unmarried couple sleep together; a couple kiss passionately and begin to pull each other's clothes off; a woman grabs a man's clothed rear; a woman tells her friend she must sleep with both the men she is dating so as to decide which one is the right one for her; a woman says she is going to Hell for sleeping with a man and her friend says she will be there to help her out; a woman looks at a photo of a man and says he looks like he could give "dirty sex"; a woman says she has to get off phone because her husband is "horny".
Language: J-2; G/OMG-19; F-1; S-5; A-1; D-2; Crap-1; H-2; H (as a place)-2; SOB-1; B-2; Slang for male genitalia-4; Testicle comment-1; Slang for breasts-1
Violence: Several people are shot or shot at with no blood in the early scenes; people scream at the night club where the shootings take place; a man falls from a large building and lands on a car's windshield and dies although no blood is seen; rude martial arts instructor encourages boy to let other boy have it in class and he smacks boy's father hard on the rear and says it is good to have pain; martial arts instructor is hit hard a couple of times by a parent including in the crotch; a man slaps another man and the two men fight and give each other bloody faces; an aircraft with a camera is destroyed by a man with a gun; a car is bumped; a car's tire is shot and it goes into the water although the driver survives; more shooting and some blood; trucks are blown up and people die.
Drugs: Wine is consumed; drinking in a few scenes including champagne; the word "joint" is used in one spot; beer drinking; night club scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men; a woman's thigh is seen as she begins to have sex with man.
Other: Man gives the middle finger to someone; people spy on one another.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: Timothy Dowling & Simon Kinberg
Director: McG
Producer: Simon Kinberg
Genre: Action
Runtime: 98 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter