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Get Smart 2008

4.0 out of 5 stars (91) IMDb 6.5/10

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 Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner, James Caan, Bill Murray, Patrick Warburton, Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Ken Davitian, David S. Lee, Dalip Singh, Geoff Pierson, Kelly Karbacz, Arthur Darbinyan, Bill Romanowski, Mark Ivanir
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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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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Maxwell Smart works for a Government spy agency in an administrative capacity. When the agency's head office is attacked, the Chief decides to assign Maxwell as a spy and partners him with Agent 99, much to her chagrin.

The pair set off to combat their attackers by first parachuting off an aeroplane and landing in Russian territory - followed closely by a seven foot tall, 400 pound, known simply as Dalip.

The duo, handicapped by Maxwell's antics, will eventually have their identities compromised, and may be chalked up as casualties while back in America their attackers have already planted a bomb that is set-up to explode in a concert....

What should have been a complete failure is one of the surprises of 2008, thanks to Carrell and a simply brilliant performance by Hathaway. The chemistry between the couple is brilliant, and Carrell never really goes over the top in the way Ferrall may have in this role.

Some of the jokes do fall flat and linger for far too long, but this is just a minor niggle for a film that is very funny and has a very good story too.

The support is fantastic, especially from Johnson and Stamp, and the whole thing looks really slick, almost too slick at times.

It goes to show that you don't have to be over the top to be funny, and the two leads prove that.

A lot of fun.
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