Reese Witherspoon has Chris Pine and Tom Hardy vying for her attention. It’s a fun watch, but it is more of a romantic comedy than anything.
Things start off well enough as the audience is treated to some spy action. We are then introduced to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foster (Pine) and to Tuck (Hardy). Both men are adept at their jobs, but FDR seems to have a bit more luck with the ladies than Tuck does. The latter has a son and an estranged wife.
Witherspoon’s character Lauren is a product evaluator. She’s attractive and successful, but has zero dates and enjoys sushi for one. Her friend Trish, Chelsea Handler, signs her up for online dating where she meets Tuck and sparks fly. She goes to a video store where she meets FDR, sparks are everywhere as well.
When the two guys discover that they are dating the same girl, they make a pact not to tell Lauren they know each other and not to sleep with her. Of course, bugging Lauren’s home and putting heavy surveillance on each other is not an issue.
The movie moves quickly and audiences hardly get a chance to feel for the characters. Even the moments that should be touching seem confusing and half-hearted (e.g. FDR’s elevator girl). It’s just a rush from one date to the next with a good smattering of spy planes and tranquilizer darts.
All in all, the movie is fairly predictable. Don’t expect any of the head scratching stuff you get from Inception. That being said, it is great fun. Just let yourself get carried away and we guarantee you’ll be laughing. The pyrotechnics were good though not the best, and of course, Mythbusters have shown us that, in real life, that gasoline container should not have exploded the way it did.
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