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Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control
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Is it a mystery?
I'm spinning out of control
Out of control"
Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):
1. Bruce (Masi Oka) and Lloyd (Nate Torrence) are gadget geeks working for the secret spy agency CONTROL
2. They develop an invisibility cloak
3. It gets stolen
4. They have to get it back
This is a simultaneous spin-off to the movie "Get Smart", allegedly taking part during the time frame of the movie. About five other movie characters appear in this very short (71 minutes) parody, some only as brief cameos.
It's not great cinema, but it manages to raise a few chuckles without resorting to potty humor, foul language, tired sight gags or gross-out scenes.
Exactly what you thought it'd be
For something straight to DVD
It has no wisdom to impart
And won't push viewers to "Get Smart"
Amanda Richards, August 2, 2008
Typically when you see a movie in the theatre, it's usually about three months after it's finished its run that it finally hits DVD.
It wasn't all that long ago that I saw the remake of Get Smart. In fact, I wrote a review about the movie and how much I enjoyed it.
I also mentioned in that review that there was a direct to DVD spin off coming out soon, one based on two of the minor characters in the movie, Bruce and Lloyd, a couple of techno geeks who worked for Control (portrayed by Heroes Masi Oka, and relative newcomer Nate Torrence).
The fact of the matter is that I enjoyed Get Smart immensely, and I found that these two supporting characters were a quaint and enjoyable touch.
Did they deserve their own movie? Maybe yes, maybe no, it depends on your point of view.
Do I think they deserved their own spin off movie? Well, I bought the DVD, didn't I?
Ok the story is very simple, and as per usual, I won't give away any spoilers that you couldn't see by watching trailers on the net or on other DVD's.
Bruce and Lloyd are working hard at perfecting a `invisible cloak', one that would render the wearer totally invisible.
The trials are working out quite well, but they have a little issue with a very limited battery life.
Now, mind you, the movie parallels Get Smart, so some of the events that take place in the theatrical version are shown or mentioned in this DVD. There is even a brief cameo by Anne Hathaway and Patrick Warburton (although the latter had only a tiny cameo in the Get Smart movie as well).
The movie had only a few really good laughs, but it was entertaining.Read more ›
First things first: is it funny, and is it interesting? YES and YES.
The humor is the light-hearted, "Scrubs" kind, and fits well in a movie about two lovable lab-dweebs. (Example: Hot girl does something impressive. Socially awkward lab-geek Lloyd is impressed, but the best response he can muster is: Do you like pie?)
There are enough laughs sprinkled throughout, with a little bit of action here and there, so the movie keeps moving at a nice pace. The 71 minutes goes by pretty fast.
Those expecting an Oscar-caliber movie of epic proportion with tremendous societal impact and big-budget cgi have been grossly misinformed. Those expecting a light, slap-sticky romp will not be disappointed.
And as far as the film's main 'object' - an 'invisible cloak' - well, Harry Potter has an invisible cloak, James Bond has an invisible car, the Fantastic Four have an invisible woman. Movies are all about the fantasy of far-fetched concepts that don't exist in the real world.
If you can't or won't buy it, then definitely rent it.
Jayma Mays plays Nina, the good girl nerd who works in the pathology lab with its attendant strains on relationships. Marika Dominczyk plays the bad girl with the heart of gold Isabelle. Larry Miller plays Bruce and Lloyd's boss and does his usual fine job as an oppressive idiot boss. There are also some cute cameos from the real movie.
This movie is just over an hour long and is a decent lightweight silly comedy. Don't take it seriously and don't judge it by exacting standards.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
I went into this one with pretty low expectations - I thought the Get Smart movie was alright (nothing great, nothing terrible - overall enjoyable), expecting this one to be of a much lower quality. Even with these expectations going into it, I was disappointed - it really felt like a cheap made-for-tv movie written over a weekend and thrown together to tie-in with the Get Smart movie and maybe cash in at the same time. While it wasn't Made-for-TV, it was Direct-to-DVD which isn't too far off.
The biggest problem, besides the lack of an interesting storyline, was that it just wasn't funny. While I wasn't expecting much in terms of a story, I expected some wackiness/stupid jokes to laugh at and a decent way to spend a couple hours without watching anything too serious. Unfortunately the stupid-comedy I was expecting just turned out to be, well, stupid. The same joke is used throughout the movie, and it just wasn't that funny. A lot of the other jokes just fall flat.
Fortunately this was a cheap-buy, as I would have been disappointed if I paid any more for it. One thing I do have to compliment it on was keeping it short - clocking in just over an hour long with the credits, it doesn't drag itself out and it's over before you know it (had they dragged it out to near 2 hours this review would be much lower).
If you're looking for a stupid comedy to laugh at for a couple hours and then forget, this probably isn't it. If you want to be decently entertained for a couple hours and then forget it, this is an option for you. Not the best option, and nothing I'd recommend actually buying, but if you get the chance to see it for free, you could do a lot worse.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As characters and as actors these two guys were extremely likable in Steve Carrell's Get Smart movie (2008). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. David West Reynolds
Fantastic item, great delivery timing...A+++ just wish it hadn't been a dvd rental box the item came inPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
There are dumb movies, movies that try to be good in some respects but fall far short, and then there are DUMB movies, movies that know they’re stupid and revel in it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by THowerton
I knew going into this it was going to be more for kids than adults but I was surprised at how much foul language was in it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cable
It wasn't as good as Get Smart, but it would be a good movie for young young kids. I didn't pay much at all for it, so I'm not too disappointed.Published 20 months ago by Josh
I think this movie is funny, but I can really get into cheesy/goofy movies. You should definitely watch Get Smart before this movie, so you understand the references to it.Published 21 months ago by Julie A Gandre
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