Todd Phillips’ War Dogs follows two 20-something Miami Beach stoners (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) who land a $300 million deal with the U.S. government to arm the Afghan military during the Iraq War. The plot sounds implausible, but is based on a true story documented by Guy Lawson in a 2011 Rolling Stone profile (and his subsequent 2015 book Arms and the Dudes). The film’s hilarious trailer outlines the basic plot, hinting at the decadence and danger awaiting the unlikely businessmen.
The clip opens with Hill and Teller securing their massive bid at the Pentagon in February 2007 before cutting to the partners relishing their lavish lifestyle and cruising around in fancy cars. “They call guys like us war dogs: bottom-feeders who make money off of war without ever stepping foot on the battlefield,” says a voiceover. “It was meant to be derogatory, but we kind of liked it.”
They meet their most precarious challenge by running guns through the “Triangle of Death.” After learning of their accomplishment, Hill boasts, “We drive through all triangles, including your Moms’.”
Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) directed the film and co-wrote it with Jason Smilovic and Stephen Chin based on Lawson’s Rolling Stone article “Arms and the Dudes.” The film, which hits theaters in August, co-stars Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper.