Monday, June 13, 2005

Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)*

Directed By: Doug Liman
Written By: Simon Kinberg
Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaugn, and Adam Brody
Synopsis: Two married spies figure out that their spouse is also a spy, and have to kill each other. It's the ultimate "hijinks ensue" type plot.

Once again, dear reader, ignore the hype. Forget this whole Pitt-Jolie are-they-or-aren't-they bit. Mr. and Mrs. Smith is thrilling - loads of action, wry humor, smoking-hot chemistry between the leads, Vaugn trying without success to work his way into action films, a showdown in a department store featuring heat-seeking missiles, a car chase in a mini-van, Brody trying without success to be anything but an overly bright neurotic teen, and either Pitt or Jolie to look at, depending on which one seems more your style. This is summer movie season. Turn off your brain, deposit yourself in an air-conditioned theater, and enjoy yourself.

* This was written back when Mr. and Mrs. Smith was still in theatres. Having a review like this seemed more helpful then. I'm pretty sure the Pitt-Jolie gossip is awfully dated, too, but I haven't kept up.


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