Such a movie depends on the charisma of its stars and a certain lightness of touch. Witherspoon has her part down. She’s bright and fun, and turns to her (inevitable) best friend for advice, in this case Chelsea Handler, whose raunchy dialogue was apparently toned down to get the movie a PG-13 rating. Pine and Hardy fill their roles serviceably well; it’s easy to see why Witherspoon is attracted to them both, and they’re credible as rough-and-ready agents who would take a bullet for each other.
Still, moviegoers crave light entertainment, especially with a romantic angle, and This Means War may be just good enough to please its target audience…at least until something better comes along.
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