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War Dogs review: This Todd Phillips film is a lost cause

Todd Phillips, director of the Hangover series, has made another buddy comedy with a degree of seriousness thrown in. Sadly, it just doesn’t work.

movie reviews Updated: Aug 21, 2016 10:31 IST
War Dogs stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.
War Dogs stars Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.(WarDogsMovie/Facebook)

War Dogs
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Jonah Hill, Miles Teller
Rating: 1.5 / 5

He’s at it again. Todd Phillips, the director of the three seldom-funny Hangover movies, has fashioned another purported buddy comedy. This time, he even throws in a soupçon of seriousness for good measure.

The outlandish script is based on a true story and deals with a couple of 20-something stoner pals (Jonah Hill-Miles Teller) who stumble into lucrative careers as military contractors during George W Bush’s second term as President.

Discovering a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid for the supply of munitions to the army, the entrepreneur duo ultimately manages to secure a multi-million-dollar deal with the Pentagon. Sure enough, their get-rich-quick dream turns into a nightmare.

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Tonally inconsistent, the film bounces back and forth between Miami, Baghdad and Albania. Besides discomfiting homophobic overtones (one of the lads previously worked as a masseur), there is the incessant use of the F-word (another recurring term is ‘Holy shit’) and an over-indulgence in freeze frames and slo-mo shots.

Read: War Dogs review | Watch a pair of 20-somethings fool the Pentagon

Though they display little on-screen chemistry, Hill and Teller ably keep the proceedings from lapsing into tedium. In the supporting role of a shady middleman, Bradley Cooper is efficient enough.

The wall-to-wall soundtrack comprises pop-rock tunes by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Who, Iggy Pop and Leonard Cohen.

Essentially trivialising the long-standing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, War Dogs squanders the opportunity for an incisive political exposé.

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