Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

4.4 52
Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughn

     
 

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Many married couples have secrets, but one pair of lovebirds discover they've both been living dangerous secret lives in this action thriller laced with comedy. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and play Jane Smith and John Smith, a suburban couple whose marriage has started to go a bit stale after five or six years. Both wish for more excitement in their relationship, but… See more details below

Overview

Many married couples have secrets, but one pair of lovebirds discover they've both been living dangerous secret lives in this action thriller laced with comedy. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and play Jane Smith and John Smith, a suburban couple whose marriage has started to go a bit stale after five or six years. Both wish for more excitement in their relationship, but as it happens, each of them is finding plenty of thrills elsewhere. Both Jane and John are world-class assassins who will take on perilous missions for the right price, but neither is aware of the other's secret life - Jane thinks her husband runs a successful construction company, and John believes his wife works on Wall Street. However, when John and Jane are both assigned to take out the same target, one Benjamin Danz (Adam Brody), they become aware of each other's secret lives, and suddenly both their careers and their marriage go through some dramatic and potentially deadly changes. Mr. and Mrs. Smith also stars Vince Vaughn as an assassin with John's company who still lives with his mother and Kerry Washington as one of Jane's associates.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Media coverage of the dissolution of Brad Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston and his subsequent attachment to Angelina Jolie, his costar in this loud and lively action comedy, unfortunately overshadowed the film itself. Pitt and Jolie portray the titular spouses, both of whom lead secret lives on the side -- unbeknownst to the other -- as assassins for competing interests. Assigned to the same hit, they get in each other’s way and blow the job, leading to a spy-vs.-spy showdown that only exacerbates their growing dissatisfaction with their marriage. Their long-simmering antipathy turns deadly, with a supposedly quiet dinner at home erupting into open warfare. Of course, the joke is on them: Their respective employers want them both dead and are prepared to deploy hit squads to take out the survivor. Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) is not exactly subtle or restrained in his staging of action scenes, and this film’s armed confrontations are nothing short of cyclonic in their speed and intensity. The chemistry between Pitt and Jolie, however, is palpable, which lends the needed credibility -- and a leavening dollop of insouciance -- to one of the most patently absurd plots committed to celluloid in many a moon. Vince Vaughn adds his trademark wisecracking humor to the characterization of a hit man who lives with his mother, and the effectiveness of his contribution shouldn’t be underestimated. (You, too, will be forgiven for wondering what was in the water on this shoot, in light of Vaughn’s subsequent courting of the soon-to-be-erstwhile Mrs. Pitt.) But the whole show is watching Pitt and Jolie beat the heck out of each other, so if that’s your idea of a good time -- and we can’t imagine why it wouldn’t be -- this rapid-paced romp ought to be right up your alley.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Mr. and Mrs. Smith is a first-rate piece of Hollywood blockbuster craftsmanship. Slick in the best sense of the word, the film seems effortless. By underplaying, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie consistently get laughs during the lengthy opening act of the film that establishes their stifling marriage. Director Doug Liman establishes their cold, ornate suburban home without lingering on it, allowing the surroundings to have the same suffocating effect on the viewer that it does on the characters. The film is not exactly deep, but it does offer more depth than most films like it. Liman and company have taken time to make the audience care about the characters, and provided enough thematic subtext about the nature of marriage. Because of this, the flamboyant action sequences have an extra kick. The car chases and shoot-outs generate excitement and laughs without ever sacrificing clarity. The expert editing not only allows the viewer to understand where everybody is and why each person acts the way they do, but also allows the comedic moments to register without slowing down the action. In the skillful hands of Doug Liman, a director who knows how to stage action scenes and comedy with equal aplomb, Mr. and Mrs. Smith offers something more than just another piece of Hollywood product without sacrificing any of the fun.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/04/2007
UPC:
0024543427797
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
34,085

Special Features

Commentary by director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg; Commentary by producers Lucas Foster and Akiva Goldsman; Commentary by film editor Michael Tronick, production designer Jeff Mann and visual effects supervisor Kevin Elam; Deleted scenes; Fox Movie Channel Presents Making a Scene featurette; Theatrical trailers in high definition; DBOX technology

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt John Smith
Angelina Jolie Jane Smith
Vince Vaughn Eddie
Adam Brody Benjamin Danz
Kerry Washington Jasmine
Keith David Father
Chris Weitz Martin Coleman
Rachael Huntley Suzy Coleman
Michelle Monaghan Gwen
Miguel Caballero Bellboy-Begotá
Jennifer Morrison Jade, associate 2

Technical Credits
Doug Liman Director
Bojan Bazelli Cinematographer
Varina Bleil Associate Producer
Steve Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Erik Feig Executive Producer
Lucas Foster Producer
Cameron Frankley Sound/Sound Designer
Furious FX Animator
Michelle Morris Gertz Casting
Akiva Goldsman Producer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Julianne Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Michael Kaplan Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Kinberg Screenwriter
Jeff Mann Production Designer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Eric McLeod Producer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Arnon Milchan Producer
Keith Neely Art Director
John Powell Score Composer
Michael Tronick Editor
Patrick Wachsberger Producer
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Kim Winther Asst. Director,Co-producer

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