Mr. & Mrs. Smith Review

by Steve Rhodes (Steve DOT Rhodes AT InternetReviews DOT com)
June 10th, 2005

A film review by Steve Rhodes

Copyright 2005 Steve Rhodes

RATING (0 TO ****): **

MR. AND MRS. SMITH is a chemistry-free film featuring megastars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a squabbling pair of married hired killers out to kill each other. The movie is the quintessential sort of bloated blockbuster, loud and lifeless, that Hollywood likes to dump on a public who it figures chooses which movies to see based on the latest People magazine article on the sexiest stars or the latest tabloid headlines.

Although the film is intended to be an action comedy, I never laughed or cared, no matter how fancy the guns or pseudo-hip the dialog was. "Why do I get the girl gun?" Mrs. Smith (Jolie) asks her husband in a line typical of its misfired attempts at humor.

The biggest surprise is that, even with all of its frantic action, the movie plods along at what feels like a snail's pace. The story's heart lies in its adulation of sleek gadgetry and would-be dazzling pyrotechnics. Why create plausible characters when you can blow something up?

MR. AND MRS. SMITH runs way too long at 2:02. It is rated PG-13 for "sequences of violence, intense action, sexual content and brief strong language" and would be acceptable for kids around 12 and up.

The film opens nationwide in the United States on Friday, June 10, 2005. In the Silicon Valley, it will be showing at the AMC theaters, the Century theaters and the Camera Cinemas.


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