By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Let’s say you’ve had a tough week, filled with busted deadlines, emotional phone calls and other forms of spilt milk.
The weekend gets here and you want to turn off your mind for about two hours. I’m convinced “This Means War” was created for that purpose.
Starring Reese Witherspoon, the movie is an entertaining piece of fluff that you’ll probably forget by the time the closing credits roll. But between start and finish, you’ll share an improbable number of laughs with everyone else in the theater.
Witherspoon is Lauren, an incredibly attractive and successful woman who can’t find a man. Her best friend (Chelsea Handler) puts Lauren on a dating website, and explosions ensue.
Why explosions? Because Lauren finds herself dating two CIA agents, FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy). They know they’re dating the same woman, but she doesn’t know they know. Know what I mean?
The CIA guys enlist help from their co-workers to collect all sorts of data about Lauren’s likes and dislikes. Their methods would be considered creepy or even scary in other movies, but everything’s played for laughs here.
Lauren falls in love with both of them and has to choose. And since Tuck and FDR are CIA agents, an international mass murderer wants to kill them both. Maybe you see where this is going.
You won’t find much in “This Means War” to take seriously, which is the point. Director McG keeps things moving, and somebody on screen is bound to say something funny before too long.
This isn’t the kind of movie I can recommend. But if life’s pounded you in the head with so many lemons than you can’t think the word “lemonade” without screaming, “This Means War” might be the short break you’re looking for.
I give it a B minus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.
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Kelli Karlson Wizard 106.7. She gives “This Means War” a B plus. “I expected much less than I got.”