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Mr. and Mrs. Smith

smithPutting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the two best looking people in Hollywood—strike that, the world—in one movie is a no-brainer, so now the question is, do they have chemistry? Happily, they do, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the movie that broke up Jennifer Aniston’s marriage to Pitt and gave us the term “Brangelina,” works, not because of its outlandish story, but because of the performances from the two leads. They play married and highly paid assassins who don’t know what the other does for a living. They discover the truth when they are ordered to kill one another. The movie is kind of schizophrenic—on one hand it is a study of a marriage that is eroding, falling apart because of a lack of intimacy, and on the other it is a flat out action film with crazy action sequences. The two play off one another well—my favorite exchange between them happens when she accidentally stabs him with a knife in the leg. “We’ll talk about this later,” he mumbles as he pulls the knife out of his leg. If you liked the black humor of the Jack Nicholson / Kathleen Turner film Prizzi’s Honor, you’ll like Mr and Mrs Smith.

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