Todd Phillips' War Dogs looks entertaining enough. It's based on a borderline-unbelievable Rolling Stone article. It looks lively and well-shot. It's got a strong cast, including Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, and Bradley Cooper in full-on sleazebag mode.
And yet, one has to wonder about this movie's timing. Given everything else going on right now, are we really in the mood for a comedy about two loudmouth American dudebros who somehow become multimillionaire international arms dealers? I'm not so sure!
But let's take a look.
Maybe I'm just being oversensitive (not something I am known for!), but something about marrying the "Boys will be boys!" ethos of the Hangover trilogy with the ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East - and a whole bunch of machine guns - strikes me as, I dunno, possibly a little uncool and ill-timed. Outdated, even.
Anyway, here's the plot, in case it wasn't clear from the trailer above:
Based on a true story, War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
What do you guys think? Into this, or not so much?
War Dogs arrives August 19th.