(out of 5)

A guy picks a girl up at a party and they go back to his hotel room:  simple setup for a steamy romantic comedy, with the added complication that she drugs him after sex and steals his secret government documents because, oops, his MI:6 intelligence didn’t inform him that she was a CIA operative. Some time later, the two of them are once again working on opposite ends of their profession, this time as agents for rival beauty product corporations that are constantly trying to outdo each other: ‘s company has a brand-new product that’s going to revolutionize the market, and ‘s company needs to find out what it is and steal it so he can get a leg up on the competition. Hilariously enough, our two agents (played with amazing dexterity by  and ) apply the same deadly determination to their task as they did when they were out saving the world from bad guys, just one of the many brilliant observations of corporate consumerism that Tony Gilroy takes on in his endlessly enjoyable follow-up to the similarly themed (though opposite in tone) Michael Clayton. The two stars, teamed as a couple for the second time after Mike Nichols’ Closer, couldn’t possibly be sexier together, both of them at the top of their game and as equally comfortable with the unspoken sensuality of their roles as they are in delivering Gilroy’s Sturges-esque dialogue. The screenplay has no end of plot twists, some of them predictable, all of them delicious, and boils to a frank and poignant conclusion that will do nothing to spoil the experience.

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USA/Germany, 2009

Directed by

Screenplay by Tony Gilroy

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Golden Globe Awards 2009

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