ⓘ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005 film)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005 film)

ⓘ Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005 film)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a 2005 American action comedy film directed by Doug Liman and written by Simon Kinberg. The film stars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as a bored upper middle class married couple surprised to learn that they are assassins belonging to competing agencies, and that they have been assigned to kill each other.

Besides being a box office hit, Mr. & Mrs. Smith also established Pitt and Jolies relationship.


1. Plot

Construction executive John Brad Pitt and tech support consultant Jane Angelina Jolie are answering questions during marriage counseling. The couple has been married for "five or six" years, but their marriage is suffering to the point that they cannot remember the last time they had sex. They tell the story of their first meeting in Bogota, Colombia, where they were both secretly on the run from the Colombian authorities. Since the authorities were looking for tourists traveling alone after a recent heist, the two claimed to be together to avoid being questioned. They quickly fell in love and married. John later states that Jane "looked like Christmas morning" to him on the day they met; she thought he looked like "the most beautiful mark" shed ever seen.

In actuality, John and Jane are both skilled field operatives working for different contract killing firms, both among the best in their field, each concealing their true professions from one another. The couple live in a large Colonial Revival house in the suburbs, and to keep up appearances, socialize with their "conventionally" wealthy and disliked by each Smith neighbors. Under these cover stories, John and Jane balance their apparently mundane marriage - which both of them find after a few years to be growing dull and suffocating - with their secretive work. When both are assigned to kill DIA prisoner Benjamin "The Tank" Danz Adam Brody during a transfer, they encounter each other on the job and the hit ends up botched: Danz survives, while John and Jane are assigned to kill each other instead.

After making escalating attempts on each others lives, the Smiths conflict culminates in a massive shootout that nearly demolishes their home. In a protracted, evenly matched fight, they wind up with guns in each others faces. John declines to shoot, his feelings for Jane rekindled, and lays his gun down. Jane finds she cannot shoot John either, and the two have passionate sex.

The renewed Smith partnership is quickly threatened by their employers, who join forces to eliminate the couple. Johns best friend and coworker, Eddie Vince Vaughn, turns down a bounty of $400.000, but John and Jane find themselves under fire from an army of assassins. Fending off an attack which blows up their pockmarked house, the Smiths steal their neighbors minivan and successfully destroy their attackers three pursuing armored sedans, all while bickering over their fighting styles and newly discovered personal secrets.

After meeting with Eddie, the Smiths decide to fight together to preserve their marriage. They kidnap Danz from his high-security prison to use him as a bargaining chip. Danz reveals that he was merely bait, hired jointly by their employers after it was discovered that the Smiths were married, in the hopes of having one Smith kill the other. John and Jane forgo their separate contingency plans and make their last stand together, fending off an assault of heavily armed operatives inside a home decorating store.

The film ends with the couple meeting the marriage counselor William Fichtner again, where the Smiths state how much their marriage has thrived, with John encouraging him to ask for an update on their sex lives to which he silently answers "10/10". An alternate ending shows that they chose to move to Rome and had a child who inherited their assassin skills.


2. Background

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg came up with the idea for the film after listening to a couple of his friends who were in therapy for their marriage. Kinberg noticed that the way they were describing it sounded "aggressive and mercenary" and he "thought it would make an interesting template for a relationship inside of an action film."


3. Music

Three soundtrack albums were released from the film: a film score composed by John Powell, a U.S. soundtrack with songs used in the film and an International Soundtrack with the song by Pink Martini replaced with KansasCali. The albums were released at different times to avoid confusion; the former was released on June 28, 2005, and the latter on June 7, 2005.

Score track listing
  • "His and Her Hits"
  • "John Drops In"
  • "Hood Jump"
  • "Jesus of Surburbia"
  • "The Bedroom"
  • "John and Janes Identity"
  • "Tango de Los Asesinos"
  • "Bogota"
  • "Kiss and Make Up"
  • "Desert Foxes"
  • "Dodging Bullets"
  • "Shopping Spree"
  • "Mutual Thoughts"
  • "Playing House"
  • "Office Work"
  • "Two Phone Calls"
  • "Minivan Chase"
  • "Dinner"
  • "The Next Adventure"
  • "Assignments"
Soundtrack track listing
  • "Love Will Keep Us Together" – Captain & Tennille
  • "Mondo Bongo" – Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
  • "Nothin but a Good Time" – Poison
  • "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" – Air Supply
  • "You Give Love a Bad Name" – Atreyu
  • "Youve Lost That Lovin Feelin" – The Righteous Brothers
  • "Nobody Does It Better" – 8mm
  • "Baby, Baby" – Amy Grant
  • "I Melt with You" – Nouvelle Vague
  • "You Are My Sunshine" – Stine J.
  • "Used to Love Her But I Had To Kill Her" – Voodoo Glow Skulls
  • "Tango De Los Asesinos Assassins Tango" – John Powell
  • "Tainted Love" – Soft Cell
  • "Lets Never Stop Falling in Love" – Pink Martini
  • "Lay Lady Lay" – Magnet featuring Gemma Hayes
  • "Love Stinks" – The J. Geils Band
  • "Express Yourself" Mocean Worker Remix – Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band


4.1. Release Box office

Mr. & Mrs. Smith opened on June 10, 2005 in the United States and Canada in 3.424 theaters. The film ranked at the top in its opening weekend, accumulating $50.342.878. Mr. & Mrs. Smith went on to gross $186.336.279 in North America and had a worldwide total of $478.207.520. It was the highest-grossing film for both superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but was later surpassed by World War Z for Pitt and Maleficent for Jolie.


4.2. Release Reception

Mr. & Mrs. Smith received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 59% based on 212 reviews, with an average score of 6/10. The critical consensus reads "Although this action-romance suffers from weak writing and one too many explosions, the chemistry generated by onscreen couple Pitt and Jolie is palpable enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable summer action flick." At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received a rating average of 55 based on 41 reviews, which indicated "mixed or average reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+.

Simon Braund of Empire gave the film a positive review, describing it as "a full-on action flick, subversive rom-com and weapons-grade star vehicle thats drenched in Tinseltown glitz, from a director who knows how to put the money on the screen while his tongues firmly in his cheek". Daniel Saney of Digital Spy gave the film four stars out of five, saying "Its ideas are often borrowed, and its hardly deep and meaningful, but its a fantastically fun film". Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars out of 4, he praised the chemistry between the lead actors, saying "What makes the movie work is that Pitt and Jolie have fun together on the screen and theyre able to find a rhythm that allows them to be understated and amused even during the most alarming developments". In a negative review, Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle described the film as "awful" and stated that "The tiny smidgen of cleverness on display here is contained entirely in the premise. The follow-through is nonexistent".


5. Home media

A single-disc DVD of the film was released on November 29, 2005, and a two-disc unrated version of the film was released on DVD on June 6, 2006. During director Doug Limans audio commentary on the single-disc DVD release, he mentions that he was not able to use as much sex and violence as they had originally filmed, in order to obtain a PG-13 rating for the film. The film was released on Blu-ray on December 4, 2007. It includes the extra material from the 2005 single-disc DVD release but does not include the additional material from the 2006 two-disc unrated version.


6. Inaccurate depiction of Bogota

The government of Colombia criticized the film, especially for showing the capital Bogota as a small village in the middle of the jungle with a hot and humid climate. Mayor Luis Eduardo Garzon and President Alvaro Uribe Velez invited Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and the producers to get to know the city and to realize their mistake, as the city is known for being a great metropolis with cold weather.


7. Adaptations and possible sequel

In 2007, a pilot for a spin-off television series was made for the American Broadcasting Company ABC network. Set six months after the end of the film, it was written by Simon Kinberg and directed by Doug Liman. Kinberg described the proposed television series as Married. with Children with guns." The roles of John and Jane were played by Martin Henderson and Jordana Brewster. On website The Futon Critic, Brian Ford Sullivan criticised the chemistry between Henderson and Brewster and ended his review stating: "While theres always a few gems that get locked away in the networks vaults each year, this decidedly isnt one of them". ABC decided not to commission the series.

In June 2010, Jolie stated that she and Pitt had inquired about a sequel to the film but were dissatisfied with the story. Jolie stated: "We did ask somebody to look into Mr. & Mrs. to see if they could crack a sequel, but there wasnt anything original. It was just, Well, theyre going to get married, or theyve got kids, or they get separated. Never great."

In February 2010, it was reported that Regency Enterprises was developing a prequel to the film which would be titled Keeping up with the Joneses, and would not feature either Pitt or Jolie. The story would follow a pair of spies who pose as a married couple when they graduate agency training. Akiva Goldsman was attached to produce.

In July 2011, it was announced that Hong Kong studio New Asia Entertainment Group was to produce a remake entitled Assassin Couple. The film was to star Donnie Yen and Cecilia Cheung in the lead roles, and the studio stated that while the film would share some similarities with Mr. & Mrs. Smith, it would feature a new storyline. The budget for the film was set at $18.7 million.

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