Reviewed by: Jonathan Rodriguez
|Featuring:||Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn, Angela Bassett (Mr. Smith’s Boss voice—uncredited), Adam Brody, Kerry Washington, Keith David, Chris Weitz, Rachael Huntley, Michelle Monaghan, Stephanie March, Jennifer Morrison, Theresa Barrera, Perrey Reeves, Melanie Tolbert, Jerry T. Adams, Elijah Alexander, Hans F. Alexander, Lauryn Alvarez, Burke Armstrong, Ron Bottitta, Earl H. Bullock, Miguel Caballero, Victor A. Chapa, Maree Cheatham, Laine Collins, Noah Dahl, Merrilee A. Dale, Chris Daniels, Patrika Darbo, Jennifer DeMille, Keith Diorio, Patricia Donaldson, Sabi Dorr, Greg Ellis, David Escobedo, Kaela Freeman, Megan Gallagher, Amy Hathaway, Jessica Hedden, Katherine Herzer, Nigel Hudson, Ravil Isyanov, Stephanie Ittleson, Mark Ivanir, Benton Jennings, Chris Jensen, Simon Kinberg, Peter Lavin, Deren LeRoy, Sean Mahon, Kevin Makely, Mike McCaul, Derek Medina, Will Moore, Joel Munoz, Mark Newsom, Richie Ornelas, Jordan Osher, Edward Padilla, Eugene Palmer, Luis Racer, Liz Ramos, Leonard Robinson, Felix A. Ruiz, Sam Sabbah, Kim Schioldan, Ty Sharp, Jimmy Shubert, Abigail Rose Solomon, Hannah Von Kanel, Ali Marsh, Kim H. Winther, Michael Winther, Michael-John Wolfe, Jeff Yagher, Bryan Anthony, Douglas Caldwell, R.J. Durell, Melissa Hurley, Jacqui Landrum, Carol Mack, Michael Morris, Gloria Rodriguez, Linda Kathleen Taylor, Anne Vardanian, Ara Vardanian, Luis Vasquez, John Woodruff|
|Producer:||Regency Enterprises, New Regency Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Weed Road Pictures, Epsilon Motion Pictures, Varina Bleil, Dawn Carter, Erik Feig, Lucas Foster, Akiva Goldsman, Geyer Kosinski, Giovanni Lovatelli, Eric McLeod, Arnon Milchan, Patrick Wachsberger, Kim Winther|
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox|
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You’d probably have to have lived underneath a boulder for the past six months not to know anything about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s new film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” We have been bombarded by previews for months, seen their faces on the covers of magazines, and even had to endure network news stories about their private lives. Finally, the film that started it all is out, so maybe some of the nonsense that has preceded it will die down.
“Mr. and Mrs. Smith” are John and Jane Smith, ruthless assassins who met while “vacationing” in Columbia. Sparks fly at first encounter, the obligatory first night sex occurs, and soon enough they are married. The marriage, of course, appears normal on the outside, and we suppose appears normal to them, neither suspecting that the other is a killer working for separate bosses.
Fast forward “five or six years” and the couple is living in a lavish New York home, but both have become rather bored with each other, and their dinner conversations consist of fighting over who should pass the salt. Their cover is blown when both are sent by their employers to eliminate a target somewhere in the desert of the Southwest. They recognize each other, and then race home to plan how they are going to kill each other.
Naturally, they can’t just talk about, at least not with each other. They toy with their spouse’s emotions, and their own, trying to convince themselves that they never were in love to begin with, so killing their spouse now would simply be another job. After warning each other to just leave town and never come back (which of course they don’t do), they have an old-fashioned shoot out in their very own home, which may have been just what their marriage needed to regain it’s spark.
The first half of the movie is funny, and we can keep ourselves amused watching the chemistry of the stars. The film runs out of ammo after the big shootout in the house. After that, there are a few more action scenes that we could have done without, and more talking that really doesn’t help the story. For the last 45 minutes or so, I found myself wondering when it would finally end. Maybe I have been spoiled by other movies, but I generally expect the big action scenes to come at the end. I imagine though that more people will enjoy this film, than not, and will choose to ignore its flaws, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing either.
As for details about the film’s content …Judging from the previews, I was concerned that I would have a lot to write about, but it wasn’t nearly as offensive as I had anticipated. There is some occasional language (S-words, and a few others), and profane uses of the name Jesus. We know they have sex on the fist night they meet, but we basically see the before and after; then later we see them go at it before sex. We see Jane in some skimpy outfits throughout and donning S and M gear during one brief scene you’ve probably seen hinted at during previews. There are some sexual jokes and comments, and then some that sound like they are, but aren’t.
And, of course, there is violence; they are assassins. Car chases, punching, kicking, shootings, stabbings, and bomb blasts—all the usual material we’ve come to expect from this genre, but most of the scenes in this film are played for laughs.
The film film is aimed at older teens and adults, but parents should as always look into whether this film is appropriate for their children before sending them off to the theater.
DVD release: Nov. 29, 2005 “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” was created mainly for us to see Pitt and Jolie interact with each other for about two hours. For me, it is a movie I could have done without.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/nudity: Moderate
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WARNING: This movie is PG-13 but contains TONS of sensuality between Pitt and Jolie. OK, its just Jolie, but whose watching anyway. Mrs. Smith’s character is not clotheless at all, and there is not any sex in the movie, but Angelina Jolie oozes sensuality with every move she makes, the clothes she wears and every shot the camera wants you to see and doesn’t want you to see, and with her dialogue. It purposefully leaves lot for the imagination but gives you enough to play the temptress. I WOULD NOT recommend this movies for anyone UNDER 18 and would recommend people be very careful in recommending this movie. The dialogue in this movie is FILLED with sexual innuendos and double entendres. There is not very much foul language in the movie and there is not a whole lot of blood, but plenty of dead bodies and violence. 2-½ of 4 Stars.
—John Kehrli, age 31