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Overall Rating
3.53

Awesome: 15.72%
Worth A Look45.91%
Just Average: 21.38%
Pretty Crappy: 9.43%
Sucks: 7.55%

13 reviews, 81 user ratings



Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
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by EricDSnider

"Funny, violent stuff from a pair of little-known actors."
4 stars

The greatest asset of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" is its premise: Two assassins who work for rival agencies are married to each other, neither one knowing that the other is a hired killer. From that idea a thousand different plots could be launched, and this film chooses one that is devilishly, absurdly, violently funny.

John and Jane Smith are played by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, whose alleged off-screen romance allegedly began during the alleged filming of this alleged movie. Put that aside, though, and watch two savvy actors at work, both handling the comedy and action with equal aplomb. They give excellent performances, he with his every-dude casualness, she with her hot-babe intensity. I'm sorry, Jennifer Aniston, but the two have chemistry. (P.S. to Jennifer: Call me.)

The two killers met in a chance encounter in a hotel bar in Colombia several years ago, and now they are married, living a drab suburban existence in New York state. Each thinks the other has a normal job. They both know their marriage is crumbling, succumbing to the tedium and lifelessness that can creep in when neither party is paying attention. They have conversations like this, regarding the new drapes Jane has just bought:

"If you don't like them, we'll take them back."
"OK, I don't like them."
"You'll get used to them."

Things heat up, however, when both assassins are assigned to the same mission and John and Jane discover each other's true profession. Now John's people are telling him he has to kill the rival agent, even if she is his wife, and Jane's getting the same directive from her superiors. These are people who sorta want to kill each other all the time anyway, what with her lousy cooking and his masculine insensitivity, and now they've been given the go-ahead.

From there the film follows the logical progression, Simon Kinberg's screenplay earning laughs simply by doing what makes sense in each situation. There is a hilariously brutal shoot-out and fistfight between John and Jane, followed by a fiery reconciliation, and a delightfully over-the-top car chase in a minivan during which they discuss their relationship and come clean to each other on all the lies they've told over the years.

"I was married once before."
"What's her name and Social Security number?"
"No, you're not going to kill her."

This is director Doug Liman's fourth major film, and his career seems to have prepared him for it. It has the verbal agility of "Go" and "Swingers," and the volatile action of "The Bourne Identity." (It is because of his work on "Swingers" that Liman knows how to use Vince Vaughn properly, and Vaughn has an amusing supporting role here as one of John's co-killers.) The movie sags just a bit in the middle, when it's still setting up all the pieces, but that third act -- with the car chase and its subsequent shooting-and-talking -- is a slam-dunk, a combination of loud violence and old-fashioned domestic squabbling.

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originally posted: 06/09/05 23:56:47
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User Comments

12/05/12 JP Ward A preemptive vanity project 2 stars
3/16/10 PAUL SHORTT ENJOYABLE, SLICK ACTION ADVENTURE 3 stars
9/15/09 Caro Awesome action film...the cast is perfect and the comedy is brilliant. Love it to pieces! 5 stars
3/16/09 Monday Morning With such high-powered stars, why such a lame movie? 2 stars
8/28/08 Shaun Wallner Awesome storyline! 5 stars
2/11/08 steve the ending sucks i was sittin there thinking why cant they die 1 stars
11/04/07 theyapper Some funny moments 3 stars
1/27/07 mets1986 Great fun.......... 5 stars
1/06/07 jeff one of the best couples since boggie and bacal- i thought it was GREAT!! 5 stars
12/21/06 ES Sleep through the first half hour, but when the fighting starts it ain't half bad 3 stars
11/10/06 David Pollastrini great action with a few comedy bits 3 stars
10/04/06 Charles Tatum Um, what was all the fuss about? 3 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist 1 WAY TICKET TO THE STUPIDFEST CONCERT!! 1 stars
7/07/06 Anthony Feor Jolie couldn't even save this wreck 1 stars
6/14/06 drydock54321 most of it was great and fun to watch, but NO ENDING! 3 stars
6/04/06 mary not good 1 stars
5/02/06 Ashley Hinz Loved it. I would like a sequel, but it might ruin the original. 5 stars
4/27/06 Alana M. Barquero I thought that this movie was great. Plus it has two HOT actors in it. 4 stars
2/27/06 Amber Wellman It's awesome.. it's funny,romantic,hot.... It's brillant! 5 stars
2/10/06 Loopt Sure it is slick and watchable, but not exactly containing much below the belt... 3 stars
2/09/06 Carolyn Rathburn awesome, loved the action and the naughtiness 5 stars
2/03/06 Denise Duspiva funny 4 stars
1/23/06 sweetgrrl1972 It's ALL in the fricken trailer so if you've seen that, you 've seen the "best" of the film 1 stars
1/22/06 Soha Molina Bad movie 1 stars
1/13/06 ALDO first half very good second half very bad 3 stars
1/08/06 Anthony Feor Brad and Angelina should consider retirement 2 stars
12/31/05 Anne Treadwell Didn't like the idea that violence (really nasty violence) is a marriage saver. 2 stars
12/22/05 chris total shite 1 stars
12/17/05 J.D. Pittman III I'm watching it agian now. It's hilarious besides the action. 5 stars
12/10/05 Quigley even though brad (please stop "acting") and jolie had chemistry, the movie was a cartoon 3 stars
12/04/05 od fun. strongly recommended. 5 stars
11/28/05 Cedric Angelina Jolie could get diarrhea, videotape it & be most watchable since Girl Interrupted. 1 stars
11/24/05 diana rogers it was a fun movie! 5 stars
10/19/05 Agent Sands Contrived, annoying, unfunny. Good technical filmmaking, but script is headache-inducing. 2 stars
10/12/05 Ava Rice More evidence that Angelina Jolie is a no-talent "actress" who lucked out once. 2 stars
9/13/05 bbbr good action mate 5 stars
9/06/05 Jakob Bascoban Boring action-comedy. Badly Written!!! 2 stars
8/27/05 Tom Burns Action packed and very, very funny. 5 stars
8/02/05 Sean D Good chemistry between Pitt and Jolie. Great movie. 5 stars
7/21/05 Quigley this movie is a cartoon story with total cartoon action. pitt & jolie had chemistry though 3 stars
7/20/05 Chris Much better than expected 4 stars
7/18/05 Rick Plenty of funny "married people moments", and Vince Vaughn's grandmother scene...priceless 3 stars
7/17/05 john Clothes is too revealing in movies theses days, no wounder Guys are doing stuff to women 1 stars
7/13/05 Matthew Rudawsky A bunch of unbelievable shootups, no real sex, no real plot. Don't bother. 1 stars
7/11/05 Anne There should have been more of Vince Vaugn and Adam Brody, good action-packed movie 5 stars
7/10/05 KELLEN MATHERS Entertaining plus Angelina Jolie - can't miss 4 stars
7/10/05 Peteca Entertaining 4 stars
7/04/05 Charlene Javier Angelina Jolie is HOT! The movie not so. 3 stars
7/04/05 whatevr at the very least, a good time killer 4 stars
7/04/05 Monday Morning A warm chunk of stool with too much action and not enough plot. 2 stars
7/03/05 DONALD Good premise. Gets boring. Too long. 3 stars
7/03/05 dave boring, and not worth reccomending 2 stars
7/03/05 sir spam-a-lot decent eye candy movie 4 stars
6/30/05 Minh minh 5 stars
6/30/05 Kankasaur The matinee was worth my 5 (or 6) dollars 4 stars
6/29/05 John Ay Enjoyed it a great deal. 4 stars
6/27/05 katheryne I really like they make a good couple i love them 5 stars
6/26/05 Koitus Like an "Ahnold" flick - apparently NO ONE is accurate! Angelina sexier in "Taking Lives!" 3 stars
6/23/05 sally angwin Brad and Angelina what more can I say??? 5 stars
6/22/05 M A re-done 'true lies', funny and awesome chemistry between the pitt/jolie 5 stars
6/17/05 Nancy Funny, Great Chemistry exactly what a summer flick should be 4 stars
6/17/05 Peteco Very good entertainment 4 stars
6/15/05 David Fun stuff if you can ingore the SUV sized plot holes and inconsistencies 4 stars
6/14/05 Titus Ending was weak, but all in all this was much better than most of the crap this year. 4 stars
6/13/05 E-FUNK Turn your brain off and enjoy. Pitt's funniest role. Angelina is pure eye-candy. 4 stars
6/13/05 Brangelina fan Great movie, stunning actors with undeniable chemistry, this pic will keep you on the edge 5 stars
6/13/05 Conrad Truly excellent fun 4 stars
6/12/05 Gini Fun, popcorn fare. A perfect summer movie - laughs and explosions 4 stars
6/12/05 jcjs no brainer funsi 4 stars
6/12/05 Charlene Javier Bored in between the awesome action scenes. 3 stars
6/12/05 Ornith My husband and I laughed ourselves sick-wit, booms, and *really* nice eye candy. Yea!!! 4 stars
6/12/05 BrianWilly Hilarious and exciting movie. 5 stars
6/12/05 KingNeutron Vaughn almost steals the show; very funny moments from all 3 major actors. 4 stars
6/11/05 NP Action sequences too long, story too weak. 1 stars
6/11/05 Lord Jiggy Funny, twisted, loses its way a little, but very enjoyable 5 stars
6/11/05 Krisan Graves What Chemistry! No wonder he left Jennifer, but i am still pissed at him :( 5 stars
6/10/05 Rosa St James LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT TO PIECES! 5 stars
6/10/05 Jay Typical hollywood action crap. 1 stars
6/10/05 Paul Did you just say "wankerous?" 3 stars
6/10/05 Littlepurch WAY better than I was expecting. Cast were perfect, action was great and it was hilarious!! 5 stars
6/09/05 Christen how awesone two prople that are married try and kill each other(ha ha ha) 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  10-Jun-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 29-Nov-2005

UK
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Australia
  09-Jun-2005


Directed by
  Doug Liman

Written by
  Simon Kinberg

Cast
  Brad Pitt
  Angelina Jolie
  Vince Vaughn
  Adam Brody
  Angela Bassett
  Keith David



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