|20TH CENTURY FOX, KIMBERLEY FRENCH|
Tom Hardy, left, Reese Witherspoon, center, and Chris Pine are shown in a scene from "This Means War."
"This Means War" must have been an easy sell.
Reese Witherspoon, a romantic comedy veteran who also is an accomplished, award-winning actress, is at its center.
The two leads are rising stars: Chris Pine of "Star Trek" (2009) fame, and Tom Hardy, who appeared in the blockbuster "Inception," gave acclaimed performances in "Bronson" and "Warrior," and is set to be the villain in the next Batman movie, this summer's "The Dark Knight Rises."
The director, McG ("Charlie's Angels"), has had success with this kind of slickly made action-comedy.
And the premise, pure fantasy though it may be, bursts with potential.