The film stars Hill, Teller, de Armas, Cooper, Pollak, St. Esprit, and Toub. Teller is not entirely convincing playing the straight man and a little of Hill's antics goes a long way. Teller usually has a knack for picking decent movies. But this was not one of them. Hill keeps the laughs coming in the hilarious, banter-filled first half, but as the film descends into explosions, car-chases and awkwardly inserted moments of poignancy, it loses its wit and pacing in favor of predictable stunts. It's a tough double act, but both Teller and Hill pull it off with just enough confidence and some laughs here and there.
Shamelessly derivative and only sporadically funny, War Dogs doesn't live up to the possibilities suggested by its talented director and marvelously mismatched stars. The movie probably contains enough laughs to satisfy the weekend audience. Where it falls short is in the characters and relationships. The film is funny enough, but it should have been funnier. There are very few laugh-out-loud lines, but the situations prompt more curiosity about what will happen and/or how they'll get out of it than actual amusement.
Simon says War Dogs receives:
Also, see my review for The Hangover Part III.