MR. & MRS. SMITH (2005) 

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Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt
Vince Vaughn
Adam Brody
Kerry Washington
Keith David
Michelle Monaghan

Doug Liman



Time: 120 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action/Comedy

SYNOPSIS: The Smiths are an ordinary suburban couple with a supposedly lifeless suburban marriage. But each is hiding something the other would kill to know: they are actually highly paid, incredibly efficient assassins – and they work for competing organizations. Mr. and Mrs. Smith both discover a new source of excitement in their marriage, when they're hired to assassinate each other putting their marriage to the ultimate test.

BOTTOM LINE: It's clear from the many, well-produced action sequences in this film that director Liman knows how to blow things up in super cool ways. Unfortunately, one has to suffer through two of the prettiest people on the planet attempting to act in between all the explosions. I will grant that the concept is a clever one, but there's just not enough meat on the bones to make this film even moderately interesting. The lack of charisma and chemistry between Pitt and Jolie is astounding. It's like watching moving paper dolls. Sure they look good toting guns, but their antics wear thin fairly quickly.

At some point in both their careers Pitt and Jolie have proven their acting abilities, but little was called for here except looking good while being bad. That's more the script's fault than theirs, but stars of their power should have demanded a story with a deeper plot. We all know by now where their focus was during this shoot. It wasn't on the movie...and it shows. Clearly all their passion was directed offscreen. Plus, neither actor is particularly adept at comedy, forcing much of the film's "clever" dialogue to fall flat.

While the production is well-designed, occasionally exciting and sometimes funny (due to mostly to Vaughn), it's not remotely up to the talent involved. Somehow I doubt Pitt or Jolie fans will care. For those not completely enamoured, this is a chore to watch. Mindless without the entertainment.

"We're going to have to re-do every conversation we've ever had."

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