Get Smart 2008

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(68) IMDb 6.5/10
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This is a big-screen version of the hit 60s TV comedy about Max Smart, an accident-prone spy who works for Control. Here he battles against the dastardly KAOS with nothing but a few gadgets, his unbridled enthusiasm and the help of Agent 99.

Starring:
Steve Carell,Anne Hathaway
Runtime:
1 hour, 45 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Comedy
Director Peter Segal
Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway
Supporting actors Alan Arkin, Terry Crews, Terence Stamp, David Koechner, Ken Davitian, Nate Torrence, Masi Oka, Dwayne Johnson
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By underthethumb VINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2009
Format: DVD
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 By A. Ruette on 12 Aug. 2009
Format: DVD
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.

Summary

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Templar on 9 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Most reviews here seemed to be pointlessly based in assumption circling around the attributes of the original series.
Not this one, I never knew a series existed.

I bought this on a whim, It looked funny, the cast looked good, the story sounded amusing as a spy spoof.
And I was most pleased with my purchase!

It's essentially Johnny English by the Americans, and they did it very well in my opinion. I won't run the storyline down as you can all read that above. What this film sets out to do it does very well indeed, it's a spy spoof. It's full of slapstick humour, prat-falls, and some pretty good action, stunts, and special effects.

It's not a serious film so there are incongruities in direction, character building, and continuity. But that's not why you buy a comedy, you buy a comedy to laugh at it. And this supplies the laughs, some subtle, some more extrovert. Steve Carell delivers and oddly amusing dead-pan style of comedy which seems to suit well. I'm usually not a fan of this type of humour but he made me laugh out loud. The supporting cast are good, not all that well defined as characters, but pretty well delivered. But again this isn't a period drama so you can look past it. The action is also very good for a comedy, better than I expected. Sometimes the pace can get bogged down, but it picks up nicely generally in the tail of a subtle joke.

If you are looking for a no-brained comedy spoof for a light evening in this is as good a buy as any. What it delivers it delivers well, it doesn't redefine or try to be anything it's not, it's silly, it's slapstick, it's worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 11 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Ok so you look at this film and you see that it has The Rock in it and Anne Hathaway, it does have Steve Carell, but is that enough to save this god awful looking comedy? Let me tell you one thing, this is the film that made me think that next time I see that Dwayne Johnson is in a movie I might not automatically refuse to watch it. At face value this should be a throw away spy spoof, but Get Smart Works!

The reason Get Smart succeeds as a spy comedy is because, unlike the main character, newly minted field spy Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell), every other character performed their job competently.

This is not minor praise. The director makes both the comedy and the action pop with energy. He knows when to cut to a joke, and when to trust his actors to get the point home with their interactions. He's as comfortable staging a humorous ballroom dance competition as he is constructing a kinetic beat down administered by Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) to a couple of bad guys. The action scenes, particularly the hand-to-hand fight scenes, aren't treated as comedy, but as tense and exciting set pieces.

The cinematography balances the brightness required for comedy and the darkness needed to add tension with unobtrusive professionalism.

Quite simply this is on par with films like Mr & Mrs Smith and True Lies . Every one of the actors understands that playing it "straight" will get a bigger laugh than if they emphasized the comedy, and that allows the cast to play off each other like real people and not comedy constructs.

Even the throwaway bits of silliness usually have a second and sometimes a third layer to them, evidence that the screenwriters actually thought through the material instead of just bashing together a bunch of outrageous moments.
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