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War Dogs (2016)

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Based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

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Massage Client
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Singer at Hilldale Home
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Dan Bilzerian
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Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War 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. Based on true events. Written by Warner Bros

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Hustling their way to the American Dream See more »

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Rated R for language throughout, drug use and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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19 August 2016 (USA)  »

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Arms and the Dudes  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,685,305 (USA) (19 August 2016)

Gross:

$43,017,433 (USA) (14 October 2016)
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Trivia

Director Todd Phillips and lead actor Jonah Hill share the same birthday (December 20th). See more »

Goofs

During the 'price tag sequence' showing American soldiers in Iraq the voiceover mentions M16 rifles, while the correct type designation would be M4. See more »

Quotes

Efraim Diveroli: I think you should come work for me.
David Packouz: I'm against this war
Efraim Diveroli: This isn't about being pro-war. This is about being pro-money.
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Ashgar Be Shama (Izash Remix)
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Arranged and Performed by Ilham Al Madfai
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The newest soon to be forgotten entry in the 'loophole' movie genre.
6 September 2016 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

If you surf the web regularly, then you sooner or later encounter annoying ads promising to reveal to you some sort of secret or 'loophole' that will make you rich. While they are overwhelmingly ignored, the persistence of these ads proves that they gather at least some clicks, if only from people who are bored.

Recently, Hollywood appears to have evolved the 'loophole' idea into a little movie genre of its own (seen in 'limitless', 'the big short', 'wolf of wallstreet'). The protagonist, an ordinary Joe with whom we are supposed to identify, comes across a loophole which allows them to generate very large amounts of money using immoral and/or illegal means. To avoid real controversy, the discussion of what is wrong with the system that allows this to happen regularly is usually very limited and there is a catharsis in the end: the protagonist is caught, but gets to go back to an 'ordinary' life. The fast food version of social criticism if you will.

If the kind of movie I just described is familiar to you, then there is nothing in 'War Dogs' that you will find unexpected. The acting is fair but not memorable - and so is everything else about this movie. The plot does not offer any real twists, down to the fact that (here slight SPOILER) the 'catharsis' part is triggered when the guy who is introduced in the first part of the movie as somebody who cheats people does just that with our protagonist.

I can't say that I hated 'War Dogs', but this is only because I did not really care much about it.


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