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15. 'This Means War'
If nothing else, this cacophonous action-romcom – is there a genre with a lower strike rate of success? – proves that you can’t simply throw immensely talented, charismatic stars (and Chris Pine) into one shot and immediately expect sparks to fly. We may love Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon for different reasons, but they make as much sense together on screen as Miley Cyrus and Max von Sydow. Not that McG’s aggressively stupid contraption, about two CIA agents who apparently have nothing better to do with the US government’s time and resources than expensively compete for Witherspoon’s affections, gives anyone a chance. Further points subtracted for sexism, xenophobia and Chelsea Handler.
- Guy Lodge