Mr. and Mrs. Smith

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Cast: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington
Studio: Fox
Rating: 6/10

CORPORATE LINE: John and Jane Smith is an ordinary suburban couple with an ordinary, lifeless suburban marriage. But each is hiding something the other would kill to know: Mr. and Mrs. Smith are actually highly paid, incredibly efficient assassins, and they work for competing organizations.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith discover a new source of excitement in their marriage, when they’re hired to assassinate each other…and that’s when the real fun starts. The result is the ultimate action spectacle, as Mr. and Mrs. Smith put their formidable skills to work and their marriage to the ultimate test.

THE MOVIE: The plot is completely absurd. The director is lucky to be saved by talented that can overcome more than a few of the movie’s weaknesses.

The set is a couple getting therapy to get their spark back. Is it any surprise considering they both lie to each other? What does that say about the sanctity of marriage? Yet, they discover that each is an assassin and that gives them more than a few sparks. The plot is unique and something great.

We’ve all seen the commercial with Pitt and Jolie shooting up their house—it’s a shame that this is given away because it’s the best part of the movie. There is truly a sense of chaos and at the same time it is quite sexy.

The plot holes are so big you could drive a truck through them. Too much of Mr. and Mrs. Smith screams Hollywood cliché with everything the industry expects we want to see without ever really understanding we are smarter than chimps. The ending is proof of that.

THE EXTRAS:
The commentary by director Doug Liman and screenwriter Simon Kinberg isn’t compelling. Their discussion about not having enough budget to do everything they want is almost laughable. How could you have stars like Brad Pitt and Jolie and not have enough money. Another commentary with the crew adds more details as they go into the actual making of the movie. The commentary by producer Lucas Foster and producer Akiva Goldsman is much less interesting.

The three deleted scenes are interesting. One involves Jane finding John’s weapons. “Making A Scene” is a nice extra that goes into the scene where they realize who they have married.

FRANKLY: Pitt and Jolie are the only saving grace for Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Had lesser actors been cast this would have been one of the biggest busts of the year.

+ Charlie Craine