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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Vince Vaughn

Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: June 10, 2005 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have such a great chemistry together and are so terrific looking, we can almost watch them for hours, which is a good thing, because they're in almost every scene in this action/comedy.

They play Jane and John Smith, a couple of hit men (persons) who work for separate agencies. They don't know the other is also a deadly secret agent until their assignments are to get each other.

Each sneaks out of their suburban home to carry out some deadly deed, then slip back to have dinner and talk about mundane things like the new curtains and the living room, not knowing that their mate just used knives, guns or explosives to carry out an assignation.

It begins with the couple sitting in a marriage counselor's office attempting to figure out why the oomph is gone out of their five or six year old marriage. In flashbacks we see their meeting in Bogota where there was plenty of passion which is lost along the way. The only excitement they have comes from their line of work, which they've successfully hidden from one another.

Director Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity) has filled this film with action galore. There's a shootout in a large department store involving what looks like every working agent in America shooting at the Smiths as they come out of their hiding place with guns blazing ala Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. There are nifty car chases and when they turn on each other, their home is destroyed.

The only problem I had with all the shooting, slamming against walls and breaking of furniture is that it went on way too long!

The two stars sizzle as they playfully banter and they also seem right at home with the comedy. Vince Vaughn adds laughs as John's coworker in the business and as a friend.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a clever and amusing film, with sexy stars, nonstop action and slick performances, it's a winner, and despite rumors to the contrary, I see Jolie in Brad's future, at least in the sequel.

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