This Means War, starring Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, directed by McG and produced by Will Smith, is a 2012 action romantic comedy about two CIA agents who accidentally start dating the same girl.The two agents, Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine) are scouting out a party for a target. This introduces us to the two main characters and their dynamic, which is a typical but adorable pair of good friends. Tuck is much more polite and sweet while FDR is roguish and impulsive. Their targets are two brothers and when a fiery shootout hits, one of the brothers is accidentally killed, causing the other, Heinrich (Til Schweiger), to swear revenge on the two friends.Meanwhile, a lonely woman named Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) has gotten tired of the single life and her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler), makes her a profile on a dating site. Similarly, Tuck has had little luck in love as he is divorced and has a child to take care of and so he decides to try the same dating site. He and Lauren meet up on a blind date and hit it off while FDR hangs out in a video store nearby just in case the date goes south and Tuck needs an escape. However, Lauren goes to the video store and FDR, clueless that itís the same girl Tuck had just gone out with, becomes interested in her as well. Tuck and FDR meet up later at their office only to discover they are dating the same girl. Both men offer to break it off with her because they are friends and do not want to lose their friendship over a girl, but their pride gets the better of them and it becomes a competition to see who Lauren chooses. As their tempers flare, their friendship starts to fall apart as they get more and more aggressive about trying to get Lauren to fall in love with one of them. All the while, the enraged Heinrich is closing in and looking for a way to hurt the boys for the death of his brother.
Agents Dating: The movie is pretty much centered around this. Lauren decides to have sex with two different spies who are pursuing her, to see which one of them is better in bed. After they found they've been sleeping with the same woman, they wage an epic battle against one another.
Amicably Divorced: Seems to be the case between Tuck and his ex. She's not his biggest fan, but she isn't nasty to him at any point when she comes to pick up their son. It is further enforced by her agreeing to go out to dinner with him after Lauren chooses FDR.
And the Adventure Continues: FDR and Tuck talking about FDR's encounter with Tuck's wife (before the couple met) as they begin their next mission.
Enhance Button: Played straight when FDR has one of the techs do magic enhancing to reveal the bad guy stalking Tuck.
Expy: FDR is unnervingly similar to Chris Pine's portrayal of Jim Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot.
Fake-Out Make-Out: Lauren pulls one with FDR to make her ex jealous. It works. Hilariously.
Fanservice: Chris Pine getting shirtless, and later naked, for the girls (and some guys); Reese Witherspoon in her undies for the guys (and some girls). Though Tom Hardy's arms in general make him borderline fanservice too.
Freudian Excuse: FDR's parents died in a car accident when he was a kid, and "he was never the same since."
Genre Savvy: The boys have enough sense to know not to meet Heinrich at the location he suggested to get Lauren back and instead hijack a Jeep and grab her en route.
Groin Attack: Completely accidental, but Lauren shoots Tuck in the crotch with a paint gun.
Hidden Depths: Late in the film, Trish while helping her son with something, tells Lauren how much she loves her husband, and that she shouldn't choose the better man, but rather should pick the man who makes her a better woman.
Made of Explodium: During the chase scene the boys shoot out the SUV's headlights, detonating the airbag and causing the SUV to slam into a stationary object and blow right the Hell up in a fiery explosion. Ford Exploder indeed.
Mr. Fanservice: Tom Hardy. Chris Pine. In one movie. AT THE SAME TIME.
Noodle Incident: Whatever happened in Kandahar, mentioned briefly during a fight.
Also, whatever happened in Bangladesh.
The Obi-Wannabe: Lauren most likely wouldn't be in this mess if she weren't following Trish's horrible excuse for guidance.
Only Known by Initials: FDR Foster, obviously. Also somewhat of a Shout-Out to former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was also known by that moniker (his full name is "Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster"... you'd call yourself FDR too).
Playing Drunk: The boys try this to catch a bad guy who knows Heinrich.
Pair the Spares: Tuck and his ex get back on good terms by the end of the film after Lauren chooses FDR.
Alternately, in one of the alternate endings, FDR gets back with his flight attendant female friend... and her female co-worker.
Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Trish, played by Chelsea Handler, takes over every scene she's in and makes it hard to realize Lauren is even there. This is mostly due to Handler's outrageously over-the-top lines.