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Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Terence Stamp, and Alan Arkin star in the big-screen update of the 60's spy spoof "Get Smart."
The Cold War may be over, but that doesn't mean it can't still be milked for laughs. Get Smart, the sassy film version of the Mel Brooks/Buck Henry-created '60s TV satire, brings plenty of elements of the original series and spins it freshly into the new world of bad guys in the 21st century, pretty much without losing a beat. Steve Carell is perfectly cast as the bumbling Maxwell Smart--but in a slick improvement on the TV show, Smart isn't really hapless--though he has a bit of a self-esteem problem (all around his apartment are sticky notes with exhortations like "You can DO it!"). Carell's Maxwell Smart is a sharp techie researcher at the uber-secret crime-battling agency, CONTROL, who's just a little out of his element out in the field. As his data-crunching sidekick Bruce (Masi Oka of Heroes) says, "We're the ones guarding democracy!", aghast that Max would want to be an agent.
But Max longs for the action enjoyed by the likes of Agent 23 (a godlike Dwayne Johnson), with glamorous deployments around the world. When he finally gets his dream assignment--as the newly minted Agent 86--he's paired up with the slick and experienced Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), who provides great lines, not to mention some interesting chemistry, while she continually saves Max from harm's way. The cast is terrific, with memorable appearances by Alan Arkin as the Chief, Terrence Stamp as the head of the uber-evil KAOS, and Bill Murray as a (literally) put-out-to-pasture agent whose spy post is inside a tree ("really great, old-school stuff" he calls his assignment). And there's plenty of action, explosions, and creative shootouts with the bad guys (highlight: a freefall from a plane, with two people and just two parachutes). But it's Carell and his combination of insecure yearning and deadpan delivery that make Get Smart as, well, smart as it is. When Max learns he's finally been promoted to agent, he slips into the Cone of Silence--which unfortunately is malfunctioning. "I'm so happy! I'm so happy!" he yells, as his colleagues sit nearby hearing the whole thing. Discovering that, he purses his lips and says, "Well, that's a sucker-punch to the gonads." Sorry about that. --A.T. Hurley
If you grew up watching Get Smart, this movie is not it. Some parts were funny. However not enough to carry the movie through.Published 12 days ago by Antony Calvo
It was pretty funny,I'm buying a copy for my Dad he will love it!Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Could have been better thought out for the ending. But overall a fine, fluff watch.Published 13 days ago by Christy
One of my favorite funny movies, but it won't win any major awards. However, that doesn't matter.Published 14 days ago by Daryl L. Hanson
Actually really funny. Good for the family. Pleasant surprise.Published 17 days ago by Bobby Griffin
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Don't get me started with Warner. They helped kill HD DVD which peeved me. Now they do stupid things like what you just mentioned.
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I can't wait for this movie to come out on dvd! i loved it.....
Oct 20, 2008 by Kristin Thomas | See all 5 posts