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  • Feb 16, 2009
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I don't know about you, but I always cringe when I hear that Hollywood has decided to remake yet another classic TV show into a feature film. Mediocre offerings such as Bewitched and Lost in Space have only succeeded in proving that the industry is in desperate need of original ideas. Thankfully, Get Smart goes against the grain and actually proves that every once and a great while Hollywood actually gets it right.

This movie works for mainly one reason: Steve Carell. Time and time again Carell reminds audiences that he is truly one of the funniest men on the planet. His portrayal of Maxwell Smart is dead on and throughout the film he had me rolling with laughter. No one does uncomfortable humor better and this performance is chocked full of it. What surprised me the most about Steve Carell is how he made me forget about his most well known character, Michael Scott. While I love The Office, it is fun to see Carell tackling other roles just as convincingly.

As if Steve Carell wasn't enough, the rest of the casting is superb to say the least. Anne Hathaway plays the mysterious and charming Agent 99, and her on screen chemistry with Carell is just right. Their witty banter and over the top fight scenes are hysterical and utterly enjoyable. Dwayne Johnson (I am so glad he is now leaving "The Rock" out of his name) is perfectly cast as the larger than life Agent 23. He and Carell share what has to be one of the funniest and most uncomfortable scenes of the summer movie season. Masi Oka (you know..Hiro from Heroes!) and Nate Torrence also bring welcome performances as two lab rats with an attitude. And last, but certainly not least, we are treated to a fantastic performance from Alan Arkin as The Chief. Arkin is a legend in his own right and he brings the humor and fun to a whole new level throughout the film.

Original fans of Get Smart will love the numerous throwbacks to the TV series as well as the fresh approach Carell brings to the character of Maxwell Smart. The end leaves us satisfied, but also leaves the door open for the inevitable sequel.

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April 27, 2009
I've really been avoiding this one because I do remember the original series and it always annoys me when Hollywood gets lazy and decides to rework something because they've run out of ideas of their own. The only thing that did sound interesting to me was adding Masi Oka to the cast since I'm always on the lookout for films with Asians or Asian-Americans in the cast. Still I'm not sure that's enough justification for a rental for me. I hear they also did a movie with Masi's character sans Carell, but I've heard very little buzz about it--not a good sign.
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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

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Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: June 20, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
Runtime: 1hr 50min
Studio: Warner Home Video
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