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War Dogs (2016)

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Loosely based on the true story of two young men, David Packouz and Efraim Diveroli, who won a three hundred million dollar contract from the Pentagon to arm America's allies in Afghanistan.

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Todd Phillips

Writers:

Stephen Chin (screenplay), Todd Phillips (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Teller ... David Packouz
Steve Lantz ... Security Guard
Gregg Weiner Gregg Weiner ... Massage Client
David Packouz ... Singer at Hilldale Home
Eddie Jemison ... Hilldale Home Manager
Julian Sergi ... Rosen
Daniel Berson ... Rabbi
Jonah Hill ... Efraim Diveroli
Edson Jean ... Drug Dealer
Daimion Johnson ... Drug Dealer (as Damion Johnson)
Bethuel Fletcher Bethuel Fletcher ... Drug Dealer
Ana de Armas ... Iz
Kevin Pollak ... Ralph Slutsky
Gabriela Alvarez Gabriela Alvarez ... Club Girl
Dan Bilzerian ... Dan Bilzerian
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Storyline

In 2005, David Packouz lives in Miami, Florida, working as a massage therapist and living with his girlfriend Iz. Desiring an additional source of income, David spends his life savings on high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets, planning to sell them to Miami retirement homes, but this venture fails to produce results. At a funeral for a friend, David runs into his high school best friend Efraim Diveroli, who had moved to Los Angeles some years prior to work with his uncle selling guns. Efraim has left his uncle and formed his own company, AEY, which fills orders for arms placed by the US government due to the ongoing war in Iraq. David's life takes another turn when his girlfriend informs him that she is pregnant. Efraim offers him a job at AEY, and even though David and Iz both vehemently oppose the war, David eventually agrees, telling his girlfriend that he has begun selling his cotton sheets to the US government through Efraim's contacts..

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Taglines:

Hustling their way to the American Dream See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Cambodia

Language:

English | Arabic | Albanian | Romanian

Release Date:

19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arms and the Dudes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,685,305, 19 August 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$43,017,433, 16 October 2016
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The poster design is a parody of the one for Scarface (1983), which is referenced a lot throughout the film by the main characters. Jonah Hill was born in the year that Scarface (1983) was released. See more »

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While in a hotel room in Albania, the television is on, and what looks like the evening news is seen, the news reader is an Australian News Reader for Channel 7 in Sydney. His name is Mark Ferguson. See more »

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Efraim Diveroli: [while cutting through the line at the airport in Jordan with David] Sorry. Don't worry, I have to go first, I'm American.
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War Dogs
3 September 2016 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Director Todd Phillips, mostly famous for The Hangover trilogy, decided to make a military/economic thriller. It sounds as quite a radical change, but after a few seconds, it's clear that War Dogs will employ the absurd and surrealistic humor Phillips is accustomed to work with. The only difference is that War Dogs is based on true events... something which makes it more cynical and disturbing. Miles Teller and Jonah Hill make an excellent work as traders with temperaments which are very different, but well balanced in order to flourish in the unpredictable world of guns trafficking. War Dogs isn't strictly a comedy. There are wide doses of humor, but beneath the laughs, there is a serious anti-war manifest which doesn't only aim at denouncing war in itself, but also the huge political and economic apparatus feeding from the conflict... ie, the death and suffering of uncountable innocents. That isn't a message traditionally expressed with lightness, but co-screenwriters Phillips, Stephen Chin and Jason Smilovic make it work in both the didactic and recreational levels. War Dogs undoubtedly belongs to Teller and Hill, but the supporting cast also makes a perfect work in their roles, highlighting Ana de Armas and the great Kevin Pollak. Some people are comparing War Dogs to The Wolf of Wall Street, but I found it more similar to The Big Short, which examined the economic collapse of Wall Street. Both were made by directors specialized in comedies, and despite dealing with serious themes, their executions employed humor in order to make the hard truths they revealed more accessible. I would consider War Dogs a bit inferior to The Big Short, but it still deserves an enthusiastic recommendation as a fascinating film which leaves us thinking for a long while after we leave the cinema. Each person will know if they stay thinking "How is it possible for things like that to happen?" or "How can I get into that business?".


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