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Get Smart [DVD] [2008]

Steve Carell , Anne Hathaway , Peter Segal    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Dwayne Johnson
  • Directors: Peter Segal
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CEE1V2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on the sixties hit TV series Get Smart follows the perils and adventures of Agent Smart (Steve Carell, The 40 Year-old Virgin) as he is sent on his most dangerous and important mission: to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS.

When the headquarters of secret U.S. spy agency CONTROL is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the chief (Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamed of working in the field alongside his idol Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock). Smart is partnered instead with the other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely but lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway, The Devil Wears Prada). Chaos and hilarity ensues in this action-comedy.


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. --A.T. Hurley

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Spy Spoof 4 Nov 2009
By underthethumb VINE VOICE
Get Smart is a spy spoof very much in the vein of an Americanised Johnny English. Steve Carrell plays Agent 86, a desk agent who is thrown into the field when headquarters is attacked by KAOS, an evil terrorist organisation. Anne Hathaway partners him as Agent 99 as they try to save the world.

It is a fun to watch and well put together comedy and never taxes the brain too hard, though it ultimately feels a little repetitive as Steve Carrell effectively plays the same character as all his previous films. The other actors, especially Alan Arkin and Bill Murray look like they had a great time playing their parts; and Anne Hathaway puts in yet another great performance showing how diverse her acting talents are.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch and Laugh! You'll enjoy this! 12 Aug 2009
I'm old enough that I watched repeats of the original series. I do know what you are thinking though....Do you remember what they did to 'The Avengers'?

This is a film you can watch with your whole family and no-one will feel offended and everyone will Laugh Out Loud - really, not just in the Internet kind of way.

Carell Plays 'Smart' and Anne Hathaway plays Agent 99. Good casting has helped this film loads. There is also a 'blink and you'd miss it' cameo from Bill Murrey which made both me and Mrs. AR laugh as there is no reason for him to appear like he did!

What the film does well.

Good use of special affects.
Great Script.
Great Story.
Gives 'The Rock' another acting job.
Q-esque gadgets.
Hiro from Heroes is in it.

What the film does badly.

A little 'cheesy' and although the story is great, if you are an adult you may see some of the jokes coming from a mile off.


Is it wrong to enjoy a film which is aimed at a younger audience? I think not. When you strip away peoples desire to appear more educated and knowledgeable than everyone else you'll find we all share a primal desire to laugh in the company of others. This films allows you to do just that. You even get a quick glimps of Anne Hathaway in her undies...another 'blink and you'd miss it' moment.

AR's Review Score

Get Smart gets an 8/10 - A great 'All Rounder' of a film. Brilliant for a rainy afternoon with the kids or a film to watch in the evening with your better half.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
I wasn't expecting much from this film, but was very pleasantly surprised. The format is extremely clever, and I can't immediately think of another film which is primarily a comedy but also has such exciting action scenes, a lot of which are more gripping than some dedicated thrillers.

Steve Carell is excellent as usual, and makes a believable spy, the twist being that he good one who lacks the confidence of his colleagues. Dwayne Johnson was a surprise comedy success in Be Cool, in fact his performance was the best thing in it, and he's brilliant here too, he may be one of the best "crossover" talents out there. Alan Arkin and James Caan also deliver some memorably funny lines, although Terence Stamp disappoints; he behaves as though he's making a commercial. Anne Hathaway plays her part as Carell's sparring partner and love interest admirably too.

The blu-ray presentation is also successful, great detail and colours, and the sound is punchy with an nicely enveloping soundtrack. Very impressive all round.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Good as It Could Have Been 7 Nov 2008
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
This movie was this summer's TV rerun turned big screen flick. I laughed. I cringed. I held my breath. And, ultimately, I wished I'd listened to my two roommates who saw it opening night and hated it. I thought it was okay, but there were other things I could have done with my time and money.

While most people think the Communist organization KAOS died at the end of the cold war, it really went under ground. So, too, did the US organization devoted to stopping it, CONTROL. Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is their top analyst, but he secretly desires to be an agent because they get all the glory. His idol is Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson), not only the best, but a popular nice guy. But The Chief (Alan Arkin) won't promote Max because his extremely detailed reports are critical to the success of the agency.

All that changes when KAOS manages to attack CONTROL's main office. With all their agents' identities exposed, Max has to team up with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) to discover KAOS' plan. But Agent 99 is less than thrilled to be working with an obvious rookie who is a bit of a spaz. Can the two stay alive long enough for CONTOL to gain ... well, control?

Fans of the original show will see glimpses of what they loved here, including some of the outdated gadgets that were cutting edge for the 60's. Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway do a good job of making the characters their own while also recalling the originals. And the rest of the cast is entertaining in their parts.

But while the original was a sitcom, this is an action comedy. The plot was fairly predictable, but I certainly got caught up in it and was holding my breath for the climax.

There was still humor here.
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