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COMPETITION – This Means War

It’s been a while since I reviewed a film on here so I figured it was about time I rectified this! The lovely people at 20th Century Fox approached me to review the film, This Means War; I figured a film about two guys vying for the attention of a lovely lady in the form of Reece Witherspoon I couldn’t go wrong in terms of subject matter. (This is a dating blog after all!)

And let me just say this if you’re expecting the usual chick flick bore – you could not be more mistaken! There is more actions in this movie than you can shake a stick at, it has the undeniably attractive Tom Hardy in it – I mean HOT, HOT, HOT (and then some)!!!!!!

Then we have the enviable Reece Witherspoon, who quite clearly I’m insanely jealous of! Not only does she have two hot bods Tom Hardy and Chris Pine (who I swear to god has the bluest eyes you’ve ever seen!)  fighting (when I say fighting I mean practically killing each other) for her affections – She also comes across as one of those people that are undeniably lovely in every sense! You kind of want her to be your friend, I’m pretty sure if we met we’d be BBF (I’m just kidding of course, ahem) back to the review in hand.

Reece plays the girl-next-door relatable Lauren, she’s been single for as long as she can remember. So long in fact that her hysterical sister, Trish, played by the hilarious scene stealing Chelsea Handler (who’d have thought it hey?! Certainly not me, but she is fabulous in it, self-depredating and just light comedic relief!)  signs her up for an online dating profile, much to her dismay.

Cue, movie opening, action fest scene (where one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s going to be a boy flick, if not for the fact that Reece Witherspoon is in it!) where Tom’s character Tuck and his partner/ best friend: FDR race to prevent the leading Russian baddie – played by Til Schweiger – from getting away with the money and briefcase (which one can only assume contains a weapon of mass destruction, this is only alluded to, so we have to use our imagination here!).

Following the opening scene, where they cause havoc by ultimately saving the day, leaving damage and destruction and a seething Russian villan vying for their blood in their wake, we’re introduced to the more sensitive side of Tuk – as he longs for a women to share his life with. As a result of this realisation, he decides to set up an online dating account…

Now I don’t want to ruin the film for you, otherwise you won’t want to see it for yourself will you? Aside from the name of the film and the file’s poster below, you can assume that what ensues is a dramatic quest to win the girl by two best friends with the resources of being a secret spy at their disposal!

It got me to thinking about my experiences, I’ve never had two guys chasing after me (we not at least to the knowledge of the other) however I have had the shoe on the other foot when another girl has been interested in a guy I’ve seen before, or been seeing – I have to be honest in saying that I think there are that many men/ women in the world, there is absolutely no reason why best friends, friends even, feel that they need to go for the same one.

That is unless, one of you truly feels that the relationship could be something more than just a fling and the other person feels the same. In these occasions I feel it’s necessary for the other person to step aside – who is anyone to stand in the path of true love??

Back to the film… What I will say that it is perfect date night movie – enough action for the boys, enough romantic gushy scenes (and might I mention shit loads of guy candy in the form of Tom and Chris – Mother may I!?). It is a must-see movie that I’m certain will not disappoint!

Tom and Chris are great in their roles, both are very convincing in their feelings for Reece’s character Lauren. As for Reece, well you just want to be her.

Suffice to say, I invite you to go and see the movie for yourself. So much so, I’m offering two Dating101Sydney Blog readers the chance to win a copy of the film on Blu-Ray and DVD. All you have to do is tell me whether you would choose Tom Hardy or Chris Pine and why.

If you’re not selected as one of the lucky winners – This Means War is available across Australia now on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Here’s a sneak preview for you:

Celebrity relationships – Is there one, seriously one, that will work?!


I challenge you to name one celebrity relationship that has stood the test of time, bumps in the road and paparazzi intrusion – who can you say has stood together as a unit, showing that they have a bind that not even Hollywood can break? In light on the TomKat divorce revelation, not that I can say I’m surprised, oh and Johnny Deep and Vanessa Paradis, it only further reinforces to me that Hollywood marriages just can’t stand the heat in the kitchen!

Well I’ll concede to Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, who have been in relationship since 1983, which is practically a lifetime by Hollywood standards, however they never officially married – maybe that’s the trick??

Ahh, I have thought of one, it took a lot of time and a little bit of help from Google, Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, who married in 1996 – however it is worth noting that it is neither of the couple’s first marriage.

The only celebrity marriage that I can think of that is still going strong, which was both parties first marriage – Jay Z and Beyonce Knowles – After 12 years  – they’re flying the flag of the celebrity ‘super power couple’ that are proving their critics wrong!

I remember sitting with my high school friends and listing couples that we saw to be ‘united’, ‘solid’ and ‘loving’, these couples we announced to each other, should they ever break up, have rumours of infidelity or let us down, it would prove that there is no hope out there for us!

The list was (oh how naive we were…)

  1. Posh and Becks
  2. Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Philippe
  3. Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt
  4. Tess Daly and Vernon Kay (British TV presenters)
  5. Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey (I know, I knooowwww!!!)


Looking kinda ‘shady’ there Ryan… Just sayin!

Yup that was our top five couples… The five couples we truly believed had found ‘The One’, the couples that we would look up to forever as a shining example of true love… HOW WRONG WE WERE – Not one, not ONE, of the couples have seen out the past twelve years without infidelity rumours, divorces and two of the ‘golden couples’ have even remarried to other shining stars!


So as a test to myself and true love, I’ll list five couples that are together now that I would like to see still with their partners (notice i don’t say marriage, as in all honesty, I can’t for the life of my think of any!) in ten years time, question is, “Would you bet your bottom dollar on ANY of the below?”.

  1. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
  2. Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux
  3. Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult
  4. Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield
  5. Here’s a two-for-one for good measure: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez (ahem) or Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth


Ahhh young love… me…cynic?!

So am I being a cynic here? I’d love to know your thoughts…

GUEST POST*** Mardi Gras – I heart!


In the past week alone I have been called “a gay man trapped in a woman’s body” four times. In fact, my gay friends often say this to me, and my straight friends all agree. So it’s no wonder that I am extremely excited about the prospect of being part of Sydney’s annual Mardi Gras for the first time. I will even go so far as to admit that I am *secretly* glad that PGW was cancelled due to flooding (I booked my ticket before I knew of the major diary clash – I blame being new to Sydney).


What started in 1979 as a celebration following a gay rights protest has since become one of the must-see annual events this fabulous city has to offer. Over 70,000 people are expected to line Oxford Street and hit Hyde Park as flamboyant floats make their way through the crowds in celebration of all things gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. And I am in no doubt that there will be fag hags a-plenty – me included.


One of the most exciting things about this year’s event is that the Aussie diva herself, Miss Kylie Minogue, will be part of the celebrations. 2012 is the year of K25 and what better way for her to mark the occasion than being part of Mardi Gras? Kylie will be performing at the afterparty and there is a very special Kylie-themed float expected to head the parade which I can’t wait to see in true fag hag style.


The term fag hag has long been unjustifiably tainted with the notion that we are nothing more than girls who can’t get a boyfriend so hang off the arm of her gbf until she eventually dies alone. True, that might be the case for some, but we are also funny, sharp, quick-witted and caring. We have excellent taste and never settle for second best. We are in fact gay men trapped inside women’s bodies.


The Urban Dictionary says that you are a true fag hag if:

  -You are a straight girl who has a best friend who is gay and spends a lot of   time together

-You   would rather go to a gay club than a straight club

-Your fag gave you your own drag name

-You know all the gay guys at the local gay   bar

-Your fag takes you shopping for MAC makeup   and then puts it on you

-Your hair and makeup are always flawless

-You dress up in his drag gear on Saturday   night or dress in drag together

-You even dance with all the fags on stage   when Britney Spears comes on

-You learned to vouge from watching your fag

-You fall in love with your fag (which is a   bad thing)

-You try to convert your fag (this will only   ruin your relationship with him)


And   lastly… you find yourself not being able to live without him because you have   so much fun with him.


Ok, not all of the above is necessarily the case, but it’s a pretty good definition. Fag hags love Mardi Gras as much (sometimes more) than the gays because they truly feel a part of the celebration too. They feel that they are part of this community, they just with a secret other life where they play a straight person going out with a guy (who will never be better than their gbf, obvs).

The brilliant thing about Mardi Gras is that although it is a celebration of gay rights, anyone can join in and feel comfortable with who they are – gay or straight. The gays welcome everyone and if we were all a bit more accpeting, life could be like Mardi Gras every day!