(Published on Rushes Online Film Magazine)
Directed by Robert Luketic, Katherine Heigl (Jen) and Ashton Kutcher (Spencer) co-star as the funnier, yet less professional, version of Mr and Mrs Smith that’s just not quite as effective. A funny, romantic start with a topless Kutcher, but then a screaming wife and a few clumsy fighting scenes; a bit of decent comedy would have made it a little more worthwhile.
Spencer bumps into Jen whilst on a killing assignment at a holiday resort in France. Jen is taking a break with her alcoholic mother (Catherine O’Hara) and sympathetic, but cautious, father (Tom Selleck). The two instantly fall in love, and it’s not long before Spencer swaps his license to kill to live a luxurious life with her.
An undercover agent hiding his ex-profession from his wife, well nothing new there. But three years later, as the couple marry and move in together, Spencer starts to realise that it’s not as easy to walk away from a killing agency as he thought it would be. The rest of the cast turns on the couple, as they soon find a number of assassins on their case for the $20 million bounty for the couple’s death. You’d of thought your attention would have been brought back, but unfortunately not.
The storyline turns into a bit of a guessing game, is he going to try to kill them? Is she going to try to kill them? Is Usher going to try to kill them?! (Not even joking, Usher is actually in the film). In the end, it just doesn’t matter. All you want is to see how it all ends and skip the seemingly unnecessary fight scenes. It’s likely that you may not even want to watch the end of the film, or at least it will slowly bore you until you’re not even interested in what happens.
The problem with the film seems to be that Kutcher doesn’t fit his adult role. His character is far too immature to be a grown-up killing machine who just wants to settle down with his wife. That’s not to say he can’t fit playing somebody’s husband, as he was very well suited for his role in Just Married, but he needed that Dude, Where’s My Car? edge to make it a tad more believable. Heigl, as well, seems to be given the same role in Luketic’s films which I don’t think have given her the chance to bring out her best potential. It definitely needed more comedy on Kutcher’s side to make it successful.