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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Source: Catholic News Service

Excessively violent -- not to mention dull and unfunny -- action comedy about a couple (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) living an ordinary suburban life, each -- unbeknownst to the other -- a hired assassin working for rival organizations, and who, upon learning the truth, stop at nothing to try and kill each other. Director Doug Liman's stylized but unstylish action film is a trashy glorification of violence and ugly brutality, only fitfully watchable thanks to the attractiveness of its stars, whose onscreen chemistry is practically nil. The witless script hasn't even a smidgen of reality to ground the improbable proceedings, making for an unusually distasteful film. Relentless violence, cold-blooded murders, profanity, crude language, sexual situations and banter, suggestive costuming, implied premarital sex. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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