Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Married assassins thriller isn't for kids.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 112 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 29 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters lie, drive fast, shoot, and use knives: they are assassins, after all.

Violence

Lots of shooting and exploding, less brutal than antic.

Sex

Sexual banter, dominatrix outfit, mild sex scene following violent exchange.

Language

Brief.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and drunkenness during flashback courtship scenes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film features repeated and sustained violent scenes, involving guns, explosions, and knives. It's also worth noting that these scenes most often set husband against wife. Following one of these extended shoot-outs, they engage in mostly off-screen sex (some close-ups of limbs and lips serve as prelude). Husband and wife lie to each other, appear in therapy sessions, discuss their lack of intimacy. Jane wears dominatrix gear and wields a crop, just before she snaps her target's neck. John pees in the desert (back to camera). Characters smoke, drink, drive fast, crash, and deploy major weapons.

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byZorina Shineint... October 29, 2018
Parent of a 15-year-old Written byRonald B. July 7, 2018

Best film of 2005

This is a hybrid: spy thriller/romantic comedy. The chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie is a beautiful thing to watch. The action is smart, funny and... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byidekwhattocallmyself March 24, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written byJellyBellyMichelley August 1, 2014
I think it has some violence but it doesn't show disturbing shots of it. Also, it's ridiculously funny but children under 12 might not appreciate the... Continue reading

What's the story?

MR. AND MRS. SMITH centers on married super-assassins John (Brad Pitt) and Jane (Angelina Jolie), who have no idea of each other's occupation. Jane thinks John is the head of a construction firm, while John thinks his wife is in finance. Their marriage is in a bit of a rut until both of them are hired to kill the same man. Amidst all the action, they learn that they share a high-tech, low-affect appreciation for controlled mayhem, which makes them ideal mates after all -- which helps when they join forces for a final shoot-out against their mutual enemies: their heartless corporate employers.

Is it any good?

Thinly plotted, over-actionated, and frankly preposterous, Mr. and Mrs. Smith is entertaining and even clever if you take it on its own terms. These would be: the premise is nonsense and the resolution is absurd. In between, you see the gorgeous Pitt and Jolie wrestle, argue, leap, dash, and shoot big guns at each other. Yet the movie offers two surprises. First, Brad Pitt can dance. And not only in the sense that he turns a decent tango with Jolie in a flashback scene, but also, more enchantingly, in his performances with inanimate objects, a la Fred Astaire or even Buster Keaton. Pitt leaps through hedges, flies over furniture, juggles a teacup in one scene and a large weapon in another.

Genre-mixing is the film's second good idea. Equally cocky and apprehensive, John and Jane pretend to be happily married (she buys dreadful draperies, he doesn't notice she's added peas to the dinner menu) even as they live separate lives (they hide their weapons stashes in gendered spaces, hers behind the oven, his in the basement).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the extreme (and darkly comic) representation of workaholic partners and marital stress. How does the movie use a romantic comedy's basic structure (sparring couple, parallel confidantes, zany situations reframed as violence) in order to comment on the high-stress pace of contemporary, two-career marriages? How might John and Jane have avoided tensions by not deceiving one another to start with? What is exciting about keeping secrets? Why is it better to tell the truth?

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