Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are hardly household names. While fanboys may be more inclined to know Pine as J.J. Abrams’ Captain Kirk in his Star Trek universe, they also know Hardy as Bane, Batman’s arch nemesis in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming The Dark Knight Rises. Hardy has also popped up in everything from Warrior to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to Inception and Bronson. Now Pine and Hardy, along with the help of writer Simon Kinberg (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Sherlock Holmes, the upcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), are keeping bromance alive and well in this weekend’s This Means War.
In This Means War, Tuck (Hardy) and FDR (Pine) are CIA operatives who are supposed to be on a covert operation in Hong Kong to capture the Heinrich brothers. After FDR flings one of the brothers off the roof of a skyscraper, the still living Heinrich brother (Til Schweiger, the criminally underused Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz of Inglourious Basterds) is now out for revenge. Back in Los Angeles, Collins (Angela Bassett), points this out to Tuck and FDR, grounding them in the process. Now the two have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. Tuck bides his time taking his son Joe (John Paul Ruttan) to karate school and trying to woo back his ex-wife Katie (Abigail Spencer).
Meanwhile, FDR prowls the local video store looking for “one night rentals.” It’s after Tuck joins an online dating site that he meets Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). FDR tries to warn Tuck that the girls on those dating sites “either pee standing up or are on our watch list.” But Lauren works at a consumer reports style office and has absolutely zero luck in the dating pool, probably largely due to the advice of her best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). Of course Tuck and Lauren immediately hit it off but not before she heads off to the video store around the corner where she runs into FDR. Now Tuck and FDR are in a gentleman’s agreement to take down Lauren’s heart while Heinrich may be lurking about in the shadows.