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Overall Rating
3.53

Awesome: 15.72%
Worth A Look45.91%
Average: 21.38%
Pretty Bad: 9.43%
Total Crap: 7.55%

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
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by Scott Weinberg

"A funny, frantic, and seriously slick way to kill two hours."
4 stars

It's official: Doug Liman is some sort of mad genius. After starting his career with the smoothly enjoyable indie flicks "Swingers" and "Go," the director moved on to helm the "wow, was that better than I expected!" spy thriller "The Bourne Identity." But the guy (reportedly) works in strange and offbeat ways, which is why he wasn't invited back to direct the sequel. And that's just fine, partially because another director (Paul Greengrass) did a slam-bang job on "Bourne Part 2" - but mainly because it gave Mr. Liman the opportunity to do "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," which is one of the slyest, slickest, and funniest action flicks I've seen a quite some time.

Those who find themselves wondering precisely what "movie star mystique" is need look no further than Mr. & Mrs. Smith. The high-end action-comedy stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -- and you don't get much more "movie star" than that. They're charming, they're gorgeous, they have that unclassifiable something that makes you want to watch their adventures ... and (fortunately) they're both darn fine actors. And when you're dealing with such a potentially outlandish concept like the one offered in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, you really need some solid actors to pull the thing off.

Based on a failed TV series of the same name, Mr. & Mrs. Smith is about a pair of married assassins, neither of whom know anything about their spouse's true identity. But when one particularly important assignment goes awry, John and Jane discover each other's secrets -- and promptly head out to assassinate one another.

Yes, it's true "high concept" all that way, and movies like this can go in one of two directions: classy, witty, and quick -- or lazy, obvious, and pedestrian. Mr. & Mrs. Smith is most definitely an example of the former, thanks mainly to the two leads' cracklin' chemistry and Mr. Liman's vibrant approach to the flick's manic action sequences. (And credit where it's due: xXx: State of the Union screenwriter Simon Kinberg is now out of the doghouse for his work here.)

With most of what passes for "popcorn action flicks' these days, you're asked to sit and twiddle your thumbs in between the gunfights and explosions, but Mr. & Mrs. Smith is as clever a comedy as it is an explosive action-fest. While Mr. & Mrs. Smith might be a little skimpy on the "plot stuff," the movie more than makes up for it with a resoundingly effective sense of humor. Pitt and Jolie are as loose and likable as they've ever been, and professional goofball Vince Vaughn was brought in to deliver an extended cameo that ends up very welcome and rather consistently hilarious.

But a bunch of witty repartee between two well-matched superstars won't amount to a hill of beans if their action movie doesn't curl your toes a few times -- and Mr. & Mrs. Smith does a fine job of keeping the bullets flying, the cars chasing, and the random large objects exploding. (The last hour of this movie is almost exhausting!) And because the film actually allows you to like these ruthless assassins, the mega-kinetic action sequences possess an extra layer of character-driven intensity.

It's pretty amazing what a few strong actors and a more-than-half-decent screenplay can do for an action flick.

When I cock back and deliver a shot to the jaw of "Van Helsing," "xXx," or any one of a million other mindless action movies, I always get the same email: "Can't you just sit back and turn off your brain to enjoy a movie??" Well, frankly, I don't think any movie should require one to turn their brain off, but I understand the question. And movies like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" are the answer. It's big and brazen and more than a little goofy -- but it's also effortlessly entertaining, exceedingly well-constructed and just a big generous plate of shiny summertime fun. (Plus -- Ms. Jolie has simply never looked sexier. On "mute" this flick would still earn 3 stars out of 5!)

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User Comments

12/06/12 JP Ward A preemptive vanity project 2 stars
3/17/10 PAUL SHORTT ENJOYABLE, SLICK ACTION ADVENTURE 3 stars
9/16/09 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
8/29/08 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
1/28/07 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
11/11/06 David Pollastrini great action with a few comedy bits 3 stars
10/05/06 Charles Tatum Um, what was all the fuss about? 3 stars
8/10/06 Dragon The Artist 1 WAY TICKET TO THE STUPIDFEST CONCERT!! 1 stars
7/08/06 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
6/05/06 mary not good 1 stars
5/03/06 Ashley Hinz Loved it. I would like a sequel, but it might ruin the original. 5 stars
4/28/06 Alana M. Barquero I thought that this movie was great. Plus it has two HOT actors in it. 4 stars
2/28/06 Amber Wellman It's awesome.. it's funny,romantic,hot.... It's brillant! 5 stars
2/11/06 Loopt Sure it is slick and watchable, but not exactly containing much below the belt... 3 stars
2/10/06 Carolyn Rathburn awesome, loved the action and the naughtiness 5 stars
2/04/06 Denise Duspiva funny 4 stars
1/24/06 sweetgrrl1972 It's ALL in the fricken trailer so if you've seen that, you 've seen the "best" of the film 1 stars
1/23/06 Soha Molina Bad movie 1 stars
1/14/06 ALDO first half very good second half very bad 3 stars
1/09/06 Anthony Feor Brad and Angelina should consider retirement 2 stars
1/01/06 Anne Treadwell Didn't like the idea that violence (really nasty violence) is a marriage saver. 2 stars
12/23/05 chris total shite 1 stars
12/18/05 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
12/05/05 od fun. strongly recommended. 5 stars
11/29/05 Cedric Angelina Jolie could get diarrhea, videotape it & be most watchable since Girl Interrupted. 1 stars
11/25/05 diana rogers it was a fun movie! 5 stars
10/20/05 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
8/28/05 Tom Burns Action packed and very, very funny. 5 stars
8/03/05 Sean D Good chemistry between Pitt and Jolie. Great movie. 5 stars
7/22/05 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
7/18/05 john Clothes is too revealing in movies theses days, no wounder Guys are doing stuff to women 1 stars
7/14/05 Matthew Rudawsky A bunch of unbelievable shootups, no real sex, no real plot. Don't bother. 1 stars
7/12/05 Anne There should have been more of Vince Vaugn and Adam Brody, good action-packed movie 5 stars
7/11/05 KELLEN MATHERS Entertaining plus Angelina Jolie - can't miss 4 stars
7/11/05 Peteca Entertaining 4 stars
7/05/05 Charlene Javier Angelina Jolie is HOT! The movie not so. 3 stars
7/05/05 whatevr at the very least, a good time killer 4 stars
7/05/05 Monday Morning A warm chunk of stool with too much action and not enough plot. 2 stars
7/04/05 DONALD Good premise. Gets boring. Too long. 3 stars
7/04/05 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
6/30/05 John Ay Enjoyed it a great deal. 4 stars
6/28/05 katheryne I really like they make a good couple i love them 5 stars
6/27/05 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
6/23/05 M A re-done 'true lies', funny and awesome chemistry between the pitt/jolie 5 stars
6/18/05 Nancy Funny, Great Chemistry exactly what a summer flick should be 4 stars
6/17/05 Peteco Very good entertainment 4 stars
6/16/05 David Fun stuff if you can ingore the SUV sized plot holes and inconsistencies 4 stars
6/15/05 Titus Ending was weak, but all in all this was much better than most of the crap this year. 4 stars
6/14/05 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
6/13/05 Gini Fun, popcorn fare. A perfect summer movie - laughs and explosions 4 stars
6/13/05 jcjs no brainer funsi 4 stars
6/13/05 Charlene Javier Bored in between the awesome action scenes. 3 stars
6/13/05 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
6/12/05 NP Action sequences too long, story too weak. 1 stars
6/12/05 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
6/11/05 Rosa St James LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT TO PIECES! 5 stars
6/11/05 Jay Typical hollywood action crap. 1 stars
6/11/05 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
6/10/05 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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