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Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)
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Review Date: June 09, 2005
Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Simon Kinberg
Producers: Lucas Foster, Akiva Goldsman, Eric McLeod, Arnon Milchan, Patrick Wachsberger
Actors:
Brad Pitt as John
Angelina Jolie as Jane
Vince Vaughn as Eddie
Plot:
A man and a woman are having marriage problems. They’ve been married about 5-6 years, and the spice is no longer there. Then one day, each discovers that the other has actually been hiding a deep, dark secret, and as it turns out…it’s the same secret! They’re both clandestine assassins, and now that they’ve uncovered one another, they have to whack each other out, in order the move on. So how does it all turn out? Will one of them die? Will their marriage survive? Will Brad and Angelina finally tell the world that they’re dating? Stay tuned, Bat-fans…
Critique:
This is it. This is exactly what I look for in my summer popcorn flicks. Fun, fun, fun. Slap a couple of sexy, great-looking leads into a motion picture, add a twinge of romance, a ton of action, a surprising amount of potent comedy, and you can’t really go wrong if you’re looking for an all-around good time, without much effort, meat or discussion afterwards (unless, of course, you wanna discuss who is better looking, Brad or Angelina-- although that debate can go on for hours). Add some nifty directing into it all via Doug Liman, a good dose of comic relief via the best wing-man in the biz, Vince Vaughn (he’s money and he knows it!), a complementary soundtrack that mixes grooves with classic dance stuff, and oh, did I mention the wink of the eye and the fun, fun, fun? That’s right, if you look closely enough, you’ll catch the homage to FIGHT CLUB and if you’re into the movie, you’ll adore the literal wink of the eye that Brad gives the audience as his lovely wife drops down and out of the camera’s range. Just please don’t be that bozo sitting in the theater busting all over his friends about how such-and-such couldn’t happen in “real life”, guess what, asshole…it’s a friggin’ movie…enjoy it! I had a blast watching Angelina and her crew smashing windows high atop skyscrapers, flinging arrows into the adjoining building and zipping their way over there. Is it something that might be remotely possible in “real life”? Of course not, but then again, would an awesome looking couple like Brangelina really NOT be having sex in “real life”? You see my point, right?

And speaking of which, let’s give it up for both Pitt and Jolie who are great in this film, play the tones just right, have fun with it all, generate a tremendous amount of both chemistry and charisma, and only left me with one question on my mind: which one am I gonna whack off to later on tonight? Seriously though, a stunning looking Jolie truly gets into this character and Pitt is surprisingly very adept at comedy. The film also moves at a clip – although the only small issue I might’ve had with it, is that it does feel like it’s a little longer than it should be (but then I would just look at the big screen and fall in love with the perfect symmetry of the two actors’ faces versus my own mess, and smile, once again). The action scenes were also fun and believable, the fight sequence between the two lovers, cute, the final shoot-out is a blast, and all of the one-liners, the hip retorts, the double-entendres, all of it…worked for me and slapped me full of entertainment. Straight up, I had a good time watching this film and in the summertime, when the weather is hot, my sex life is cold and movies are a great way to complement an afternoon or evening, this is the perfect addition to a bag o’ popped corn, a bottle o’ soda and a hunkering for fun!
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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11:38AM on 01/13/2006
I had a really good time watching this movie. It was fun, exciting, funny, sexy (Angeline, call me - wouldya ), and all around a good popcorn/summer movie. There are two things that makes this movie work . . . and their names are Brad and Angelina. Their chemistry, their performances, their deliveries, their look, everything made the movie better and made their costar's performance better as well.

And the story and script were perfect for these two stars' personas. The troubled marriage in
I had a really good time watching this movie. It was fun, exciting, funny, sexy (Angeline, call me - wouldya ), and all around a good popcorn/summer movie. There are two things that makes this movie work . . . and their names are Brad and Angelina. Their chemistry, their performances, their deliveries, their look, everything made the movie better and made their costar's performance better as well.

And the story and script were perfect for these two stars' personas. The troubled marriage in relation to the two's secret identities made for excellent banter, comebacks, and humor. It revolves around their relationship, not so much their secret identities. It starts out with their humdrum marriage, evolves in the discovery of each other and how they deal with the new discovery - but whether their reaction is cynical or just plain funny - it made for a good story.

And once the relationship is "reconsumated," the funny stuff doesn't end there; they start divulging info about themselves and the humor continues. It's just an all around good time watching Pitt and Jolie banter back and forth - whether they were arguing, being cynical, or just deciding what to do next.

The plot is nothing to rave about, but the movie's all about Brad and Angelina. With Vince Vaughn and Adam Brody giving them some backup, and there's also plenty of cool action, also surrounded by some funny lines and scenes, this movie is an excellent popcorn summer flick.
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4:29PM on 07/26/2005

Decent

This movie was really fun. I liked the action, the comedy, and the actors. There were a few plot holes I didnt like. Brad pitt is pretty funny, and angelina jolie is great, and beautiful in this movie. The thing I didnt like was that the movie was fun for a little while, but when brad and angelina stop fighting each other, the movie turns into another dumb action film, with a dumb plot twist about their agencies wanting them to take each other out. Also, the ending was a bit rushed. It seemed
This movie was really fun. I liked the action, the comedy, and the actors. There were a few plot holes I didnt like. Brad pitt is pretty funny, and angelina jolie is great, and beautiful in this movie. The thing I didnt like was that the movie was fun for a little while, but when brad and angelina stop fighting each other, the movie turns into another dumb action film, with a dumb plot twist about their agencies wanting them to take each other out. Also, the ending was a bit rushed. It seemed like they killed all the bad guys, and boom, it was over. What about their agencies? Wont they still come after them? The movie just wasnt resolved at the end, which was probly done so a sequel could be made. It was a good movie, but the last 20 minutes were dumb.
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8:54AM on 07/25/2005

I'd nail'em both

This is the sweet shit that makes me anxious for summer movie time. This was the most fun i've had at a movie since...fuck, i don't know how long (yes, more than Star Wars). Its not a movie without flaws, so i have seen movies that are better this year (e.g. Sin City), but i enjoyed Smiths more from a purely "out for a good time" kind of movie. Pitt & Joile have great chemistry, the best i've seen on screen since Before Sunset with Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy. They have great timing and you can
This is the sweet shit that makes me anxious for summer movie time. This was the most fun i've had at a movie since...fuck, i don't know how long (yes, more than Star Wars). Its not a movie without flaws, so i have seen movies that are better this year (e.g. Sin City), but i enjoyed Smiths more from a purely "out for a good time" kind of movie. Pitt & Joile have great chemistry, the best i've seen on screen since Before Sunset with Ethan Hawk and Julie Delpy. They have great timing and you can feel the fun they are having jump off the screen at you, and the fact that they are both strikingly good looking doesn't hurt (Jolie has never looked better, except maybe in Gia, but thats because she was always buck nekkid). Basic story is this, a married couple where each of them don't know that the other is a hitman until they have to kill each other, explosions, gunfights, and one liners ensue. Its done well from top to bottom, if you want a fun night out go see the Smiths.

Misc thoughts

- Pitt has a gift for deadpan comedy

- Jolie > Aniston

- Vince Vaughn ruled at Brad's buddy

- Why did the agency trust Seth Cohen with such an important job?
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