Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Release Date: June 10, 2005

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 If she got any more breathtaking, we would all die of asphyxiation.

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3/16 Reagen Sulewski Great big fun, and Pitt and Jolie have teriffic chemistry. Just don't think too hard about it.
5/166 David Mumpower Who needs to watch porn? This film has enough incendiary sexual chemistry to carry a couple through an entire winter.
13/60 Les Winan A funny, engaging, plotless movie that ends up better than it should be. It's clearly time to recognize Brad Pitt's genius as a comic actor.
39/85 Kim Hollis Funny and action-packed with gorgeous leads. What more do you need in a film?

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In the heartwarming tradition of wholesome family entertainment such as Prizzi’s Honor, Mr. and Mrs. Smith tells the story of a loving couple. By day, bride and groom seek out their professional liaisons and make appropriate contact. By night, they return home to a marriage they once treasured though now both would readily admit the bloom is off the rose.

Life grows a bit harried for the duo when their various business enterprises require them to interact with one another during the day. For you see, both of the Smiths have found employment in an unusual vocation. They are paid assassins and, as fate would have it, each has just discovered that their next target is someone they know. In fact, it happens to be the very person each promised to love until death do them part. They failed to realize at the moment they took their marriage vows how literally those words could be taken.

The premise of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is simple. A husband and wife are hired killers who just found out their next marks are one another. What follows is a game of cat and mouse described as a blend of War of the Roses and True Lies. Will one of the wetworks specialists succeed in their mission? Will the couple figure out a way to escape their unusual circumstances and somehow manage to put the spark back in their relationship? All options are open to a film with such a unique concept.

Casting on the project proved difficult. Initially, Nicole Kidman was groomed for the female lead, but she had to eventually drop out due to multiple scheduling conflicts. In her stead, Catherine Zeta-Jones was selected as a replacement, but she too was forced to exit when the project failed to get off the ground. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt juggled his calendar in order to keep freeing up a spot for this production. When it became obvious that no appropriate A-list female lead could be brought onboard, he announced an intention to exit the project. Before this could happen, another famous actress was wooed for the part of Mrs. Smith, and she accepted. With the luscious-lipped Angelina Jolie on board, Pitt decided that he would honor his commitment to the project.

The combination of Pitt and Jolie immediately makes Mr. and Mrs. Smith one of the most noteworthy projects of summer 2005. They are not, however, the only two famous faces brought onboard. Mr. Swingers himself, Vince Vaughn, also frontlines. Alongside this trio is rising talent Adam Brody, whom you probably know from The OC but whom BOP loves from his days on The Gilmore Girls. Hardworking William Fichtner, last seen in Black Hawk Down and Equilibrium, is also a featured performer. Another interesting name is Greg Ellis, whose face you might not know but his voice is familiar to many. Jackie Chan Adventures fans would recognize him instantly as the voice of the evil patrician Valmont. Kerry Washington, who plays the key role of Della Charles in the upcoming Ray, is also present here.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith sounds a lot like Laws of Attraction but with a body count. With such gorgeous leads and such an unusual premise, the movie is poised to be one of the most publicized productions of the summer. (David Mumpower/BOP)

Vital statistics for Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Main Cast Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Vince Vaughn
Supporting Cast Adam Brody, Greg Ellis, William Fichtner, Kerry Washington, Angela Bassett, Keith David
Director Doug Liman
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Official Site
Rating PG-13
Running Time 120 minutes
Screen Count 3,424
Awards Awards page for Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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