Reese Witherspoon 's latest movie, This Means War has received a pasting from film critics. Co-starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (Inception, Warrior), the film is billed as an action-comedy-romance, with the tag-line "It's spy against spy." The plotline revolves around two Cia agents who begin a dating war when they realise they are both seeing the same woman.
Todd MCCarthy, writing for the Hollywood Reporter, is particularly dismissive of the film, writing that the film is "perfectly dreadful" and "manages to embarrass its three eminently attractive leading players in every scene." In his Variety review, Peter Debruge dismisses the two male leads, "This screwball premise lives or dies by the chemistry between Pine and Hardy, who are too busy trying to out-appeal one another to make the buddy dynamic click." The movie opens this Friday (February 17, 2012) in the US and on March 2, 2012 in the UK. It remains to be seen whether or not the negative reviews will divert cinema audiences elsewhere; in recent weeks, films such as The Vow, which have failed to impress critics yet still performed well at the box office.
Talking on David Letterman's show, Reese Witherspoon describes her male co-stars as "fun" and "really talented", before adding that she could have thought of many other adjectives to describe them. She added that the movie was shot in Vancouver but in a 10 minute interview segment posted on YouTube, only the last minute or so was dedicated to the film and Witherspoon's discussion of the movie seemed limited to the superficial. Much like the movie, it would seem.