‘This Means War’: Surprisingly good

I agreed to go see “This Means War” last night thinking it would just be another $11.00 wasted on a cheesy rom-com, but Reese Witherspoon is always cute and it’s Chelsea Handler’s movie debut so I went. To my surprise, not only did I pass for a student and get in for $7.50 (I plan on milking my child-like looks until I’m 30), but I actually really liked the movie. Of course there were some cheesy parts, but all-in-all it’s a pretty unique plot line as far as these types of movies go. You just have to indulge in the fantasy of it – obvi this would never happen in real life.

I’m not going to go into detail about the plot because anyone who watched TV has seen the preview and knows Reese falls in love with two men at the same time. Little does she know, they are partners in their job as secret agents and they are competing for her affections. OMG who will she choose?

Who would you pick?

Unfortunately I can’t say too much about the movie without giving the ending away. The fun of the movie is rooting for the guy you want her to choose and finding out who wins in the end. I will say that all 5 girls I was with were rooting against the guy I liked, but Reese chose my guy in the end because I have superior taste in men and a keen eye for cues in movies (I’m not bragging. It’s just true). But they do a good job of making both guys likable in their own way.

Hey Chels, it's Reese. I need a one-liner stat.

As usual, Reese Witherspoon’s character is also very likable. She’s cute and smart and she loves at her job in quality control for kitchen appliances (?). The only thing that bothered me was that her character’s name is Lauren and she definitely doesn’t look like a “Lauren.” Also, she’s way too co-dependent on her BFF Chelsea Handler. When she finally finds out her two guys are friends, instead of growing a pair and demanding an on-the-spot explanation, she runs to the bathroom to call her friend – grow up. But, of course, this is just a clever way to get as many of Chelsea’s hilarious scenes in the movie as possible.

Chelsea Handler basically plays herself except she has kids and her husband is fat and gross and they eat Cheetos during sex. Everyone knows in real life Chelsea’s husband would look like 50 Cent and they would eat Cheetos during sex. Anyway, she’s a welcome crude contrast to Reese’s sweet character – the staple outrageous best friend. So congrats to Chels on her first movie role (that I know of – I wouldn’t put it past her to have a porno out there somewhere).

The only other thing that bothered me was that one of the guys is named Franklin and he goes by FDR. Nobody in the movie seems to think this is weird, but it so is! Just because you had the appropriate initials, would you go by JFK? Or ODB? Weird choice on the writers’ parts.

Oh Chelsea, you may be funnier than she is, but Reese's hand towels are prettier than that dress.

In conclusion, go see “This Means War.” It’s the first quality romantic comedy I have seen in a while. Next, I’m too excited for Titanic 3D.


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