This Means War parents guide

This Means War

Overall D+

Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) is debating between two men of interest in her life. What she doesn't know is both are CIA agents that have been assigned as partners. When the boys (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) discover they are dating the same girl, the battle is on to see which one will win her love.

Release date February 17, 2012

Violence D+
Sexual Content C-
Profanity D+
Substance Use C

Why is This Means War rated PG-13? The MPAA rated This Means War PG-13 PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action. Edited For Rerate After Appeal: Originally rated R for for some sexual content.

Run Time: 98 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is This Means War rated PG-13? This Means War is rated PG-13 by the MPAA PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action. Edited For Rerate After Appeal: Originally rated R for for some sexual content.

Violence: Numerous characters are shot and killed. Several characters are shot in the leg to keep them from running away. Others fall to their death, are blown up or choked with a phone cord. Characters repeatedly engage in hand-to-hand combat, sometimes resulting in bloody injuries. Guns are frequently used. A man is threatened during police questioning. A man shoots at a surveillance plane and blows it up. A dog attacks a man’s face. A character viciously plays a game of paintball that involves children. One man is shot in the groin. Two children exchange punches in a martial arts class. A man deliberately hits another in the stomach, causing extreme pain. A character is shot in the neck with a tranquilizer gun. Characters break into a woman’s home and listen in on her private conversations using unsanctioned methods and government equipment. Men lie about themselves. Cars crash and explode killing the occupants. Two men commandeer a car. Excessive property damage is shown without consequences.

Sexual Content: Characters talk frequently about sexual activity, often using crude innuendo and descriptive suggestive dialogue. A woman drapes her leg over a man before kissing him. Couples kiss passionately as they undress one another. A woman is seen in her underwear. One scene implies a couple has sex. Men, who are manning surveillance cameras, watch. A partially clothed couple engages in sexual activity. A woman in seen in a bikini. Several pole dances at a strip club are shown. A woman suggests having sex outside of her married relationship. A man confesses to his past dalliances. A tag on a dating service suggests a woman is open to many kinds of sexual relationships.

Language: The script includes a strong sexual expletive, a crude hand gesture and frequent crass terms for human anatomy or sexual activity. Correct anatomical terms are also used in discussion about male anatomy. Profanities, scatological slang and terms of Deity are used as well.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Alcohol is present in numerous scenes including in a bar, over dinner, at a strip joint and in a nightclub. A woman refers to her “special milk” and later admits it is vodka in a child’s sipping cup. A man pretends to be drunk. A woman comments that she needs a joint.

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This Means War
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence. Coarse and Sexual Language.
Alberta PG Language May Offend, Violence.
Manitoba PG Violence, Sexual Content, Language May Offend, Mature Theme.
Ontario 14A Language May Offend, Graphic Violence.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes 14A
Canadian Home Video 14A

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Cast and Crew

This Means War is directed by McG and stars Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of This Means War movie is May 22, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: This Means War

Release Date: 22 May 2012

This Means War releases to home video (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy) with the following bonus extras:

- Extended and theatrical versions of the film

- Alternate Endings (with Optional Commentary by Director McG): Warehouse Alternate Ending, Alternate Ending #1 and Alternate Ending #2

- Bachelorette Party

- Uncensored Gag Reel

- Deleted Scenes (with optional Commentary by Director McG): Trish & Lauren Chat / Shooting Range, Jonas’ Funeral, Post Pizza, Ex-Girlfriends, Visiting Joe and Lauren Freaking Out

- Alternative Opening Concept (Previews with Optional Commentary by Director McG)

- Audio Commentary by Director McG (standard and extended versions)

- Theatrical Trailer

Related home video titles:

Chris Pine plays another cocky womanizer in Star Trek. Tom Hardy takes on the role of a gambler in Inception. And Reese Witherspoon is the romantic interest in Sweet Home Alabama, and Water for Elephants.