|Get Smart (+ Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/04/2008 Run time: 151 minutes Rating: Pg13
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. 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
- Get This... On DVD, On PPV, On Rental... Just Get Smart & Get It!
Being a fan of the series since I was a kid, Get Smart the movie was a must-see for my summer movie list, but surely it couldn't be that good, right? Wrong, the movie works in almost every aspect, from the pitch-perfect casting, great characterization, and even the interesting story. Add in comedy that kept me laughing from start to finish, and I left the theater quite pleased.
Since then, I've seen this film about 3 or 4 more times, and each time is as good, if not better than the first. An entertaining movie in the truest sense of the word, and it's comic action at its best. Get Smart doesn't miss it by that much, but would you believe it hits it right on the head? Believe it... Now when's that sequel coming out?...more info
- Get Dumb
For the people who gave this five stars - what would you give The Godfather? Or Star Wars? Are you out of your minds? "Get Smart" is a relatively pleasant, liteweight popcorn movie good for a quick laugh and then best forgotten. The idea of making Agent 86 a bumbling genius as opposed to a bumbling idiot completely misses the point of the original series....more info
- Get Smart
If you liked the original TV series, then you will like this also. The movie stays true to the slapstick comedy of the TV series, even if you know what is coming, it is funny....more info
- Nostalgia and Laughs
I laughed til I cried, over and over again. My kids kept having to pause the movie until we could stop laughing. I used to watch the TV series when I was a kid, and this brought back great memories. ...more info
- Ann Hathaway as a dramatic actress, Dwayne Johnson as a comedy actor... who's Steve Carell?
"Get Smart" rides again! An enjoyable revamp of a older TV series.
The premise was not particularly novel, but was generally well executed. There were a few genuine laugh out loud moments and many chuckles, but the acting intrigued me, generally impressed me, and in one case disappointed me.
Ann Hathaway was brilliant. For a young woman who started her career as an average girl thrust into the limelight in "Princess Diaries", to come so far is extremely impressive. I was struck by how well she played the role of a woman ten or more years older than she is, and the poise that she brought to the role. She is clearly a rising dramatic actress to watch.
Dwayne Johnson's gifts for physical and spoken comedy were also a pleasant surprise.
But this Steve Carell guy? Why bother.
Despite Carell's lackluster performance, I liked this one.
E. M. Van Court...more info
- Great Movie - must have
This was even better the second and third time. One of the funniest since Caddy Shack....more info
- Get Smart
Steve Carrell was the perfect choice for Maxwell Smart and 99 is brilliant. Although I generally love Alan Arkin I did not think he lived up to Edward Platt's Control. This was a nice homage to the series and a fun movie....more info
- Rent it
So this movie is not bad. It is Not one of those movies where all the funny parts are in the previews (i truly hate those movies). However this is no Tommy Boy either. This movie will keep you entertained if you have never seen it before and it is quite comical. However watching it more than once really is not worth it so don't waste the money and buy it, just rent it. ...more info
- Decent Diversion
Sometimes a little wacky, SNL ish, but a nice diversion with a few laughs for your pleasure. Not a great movie, but decent....more info
- Good Movie!
This is a good movie.. keeps you interested and you get a laugh every now and then with some action! Good movie for husband and wife :)...more info
- Ha-Ha, boy, was this funny?
The main problem with this movie: it was'nt that funny. I think I laughed once, maybe twice. Normally, Steve Carell is very funny; but he had nothing to work with here. Terence Stamp, a great actor, is totally wasted in this punishing film as the main villian, Siegfried. Anne Hathaway was completely forgettable as, er, I forget. And someone please tell Alan Arkin to stop sleeping on the set...oh, he was awake? Could of fooled me..
One laugh was generated by Bill Murray, playing Agent 13. Besides that, I can't think of much else that made me laugh. This was a comedy? Good points: Nice crisp,clear picture and this was a free rental.
- Absolutely freakin' hilarious.
I can't understand the lukewarm reviews this got over the summer. This is brilliant. Steve Carrell is perfect as the second coming of Don Adams; the banter with Anne Hathaway is priceless. The whole cast is fantastic. The other agents of CONTROL, headed by Alan Arkin and featuring my hero from "Heroes", Masi Oka, feel primed for a sequel or three. Add in Terence Stamp, Dwayne Johnson, James Caan, and more cameos than you can throw a shoe phone at, and...well, you get the point. Almost everyone gets to be funny. The plot even makes sense, kind of. I found the bonus scenes delivered only 54% more "laughs", but that's because I found the original movie 8% funnier than most other people did. If there's any justice in this world, there will be sequels. ...more info
- Get Smart done right
When I saw the preview for this in my local movie theater it made me so happy, because I had watch re-runs of TV show starting Don Adams and Barbra Feldon, I was worried though because remakes of some of my favorite TV shows into movies have let me down before, but with Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart I knew he wouldn't let his fans down. And he didn't nobody did, the whole cast works great together I've been waiting for a comedy like this for years! This remake pays homage to its roots while still making it a contemporary blast. I can say for sure that this is a movie I'll watch again and again....more info
- Great Shape - Great Timing
I received the DVD in a very timely manner and it was in great shape. Great job - thank you!!...more info
- GET...something else
There will never be a sequel to this movie, you know why? Because it sucked. Steve Carell is perfect on his T.V. show and as a 40 year old virgin, but in general he is not a strong lead in movies. This movie would of been more entertaining back 1999, but now it's insulting....more info
- Missed it by this much!
Get smart was okay, kinda funny but not great and not hilarious. Granted, I have never been a big fan of the TV show, so maybe I am not the target audience, but after some pretty good reviews from reviewers that I often agree with, I thought I'd give it a shot, and as I said, it wasn't a bad movie, but I'm glad that I only rented the video on demand from Amazon, because I doubt that I would want to re-watch this movie again.
So here's the deal, if you LOVE 'Get Smart' you will probably like this movie very much; however, if you just like Steve Correl, Ann Hathaway and the Rock, then I would just rent this like I did....more info
- Great Movie
I was a kid when Get Smart was on during the 60s and thought it was a hoot at the time. The movie does an excellent job capturing the fun of the series. It is not easy to take a series of 30 minute episodes and put it into a 90 minute or so movie but the writer and producer did a good job. If you like "secret agent" based comedy, or if you liked the original Get Smart you will love this movie. ...more info
- Finally hollywood did something right!
Only fans of the show could really laugh at this movie! If you've seen this movie because the previews looked funny that's ok too. The only mistake that was made was putting Dwayne Johnson in this movie. What good did that do, he was there strictly for eye candy nothing more. Don't let this review discourage you from watching this movie. This movie is better than any of that schlock hollywood is putting out nowadays. Thumbs up everytime!...more info
- WARNING: YOU COULD LAUGH TO DEATH WITH THIS DVD
"Get Smart" is one super funny movie. Laugh out loud funny all the way through. It is better to own the DVD because no way can you catch all the gags and one line jokes in one viewing. And then there is the "Comedy Optimization Mode" that offers 20 additional minutes of belly rippling laughter with alternate jokes.
This reminds me of "Airport", and "Animal House", and other movies like that where the gags and jokes come so fast that you have to pause to even catch your breath. It is typical "Get Smart" out of control Agent Max fun. And Agent 99 (Ann Hathaway) scores a perfect-100.
This movie will pick up any bad day and will be a 5-star enjoyment the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th viewing too. One of my best DVD purchases of 2008....more info
- Carell as Maxwell Smart
I thought this movie was pretty funny. I was a fan of the origional Get Smart and loved Max and 99 back in the day. This movie is a good companion piece of that show and holds up on its own. I also like that Max wasn't portrayed as a Xerox copy of the Don Adams Maxwell Smart. Ann Hathaway is also really good as 99 but portrays her as more of a tough as nails hardcore kick butt sexy agent. The Rock is pretty good but nothing great. I also am a huge Alan Arkin fan and thought he did a good job. Also the little tribute to Hyme was a nice touch. ...more info
- Pretty Lame
A read a review that called Get Smart "Staggeringly Bad". Now, although I won't go that far, it was pretty bad, and not very funny at all. I watched it thinking that I might enjoy it if i tried to seperate it from the TV series, but it was still bad. The movie gave only passing reference to the players and comic genius of the original series. It seemed as though they were just trying to get those catch phrases and support characters out of the way so they could continue with whatever it was they were trying to do here.
I would suggest browsing around Amazon and buying the original series on DVD if you want some real humor. The original series is even relevant today with its use of humor. That's the true sign of real comedy. ...more info
- Love this movie!
Love this movie! It's family friendly, with a few references younger children will not catch. Overall - great flick, and so funny!...more info
- great movie
thought this movie would have some funny parts, but be overall just o.k., but was very surprised, it was a solid movie. steve carrell is as funny as ever, and the rock is great....more info
- Funnier than expected
I was pleasantly surprised while watching this movie. The inclusion of The Rock helped decrease the overall dorkie-ness. Lots of fun and right up there with the Austin Powers movies.
The Blu-Ray copy looked AMAZING. I did not see a copy of the regular DVD version so I have no real comparison but that aside, it looked crystal clear....more info
- Not What I Expected
If you're expecting to roar like you did when you were a kid at Maxwell Smart, forget it. This movie just doesn't pull it off in the timing and delivery of the jokes and slapstick humor. I was very disappointed....more info
This is a great little comedy. Alan Arkin is a hidden little gem in this flick. Steve Carrell gets all the obvious humor and makes a great Maxwell Smart. And Anne Hathaway is hot. Dwayne Johnson does a great job as well. My oh my how far "The Rock" has come. All that aside Alan Arkin steals the show, in my opinion. This is a fun little show. Enjoy. ...more info
- Thanks, Max. I needed a good laugh.
I was a fan of Don Adam's portrayal of Maxwell Smart in the original series, a show that was funny and silly, but also biting and clever far ahead of it's time. One of our daughters saw the new film and said she laughed her head off the whole way through. The Mrs. and I agreed we should check it out. We were not disappointed.
Steve Carrell does not try an impersonation of Don Adams, but the writers and performers do a great job of staying true to the spirit of the original while updating it in a way that our daughters, who wouldn't know Don Adams from John Quincy Adams, LIKED it.
We liked it too. All of the "great bits" from the old series are weaved in, at least momentarily, and sometimes I was laughing at the subtle homage. But at other times the filmmakers wisely decided to put Steve Carrell in a room and turn him loose. He has a scene in an airplane lavatory with a "special" Swiss Army knife that MUST be seen, although the Mrs. recommends you not have a full bladder when you do. Another scene involving one of those movie laser security systems and a rodent had me howling. My brother and I are big fans of "Chuck Norris Jokes/Facts", and I had to call him immediately after the film to tell him he HAD to see it (after our mutual disappointment at the new Indiana Jones.)
The plot is a skeleton on which to hang the multiple hilarious bits, but it works fairly well as a spy movie. Some of the Bond or Flint movies had plots twice as idiotic, and they weren't supposed to be comedies.
Carrell is ably supported by Anne Hathaway as Agent 99. She has several great moments - flashing her long legs on a dance floor and saving Max from certain death in a mid-air rescue involving a parachute and a kiss.
Alan Arkin brings the perfect pitch to this tale as the Chief, with one foot squarely planted in the "serious spy world" of government, and the other foot ready to observe Smart's silliness.
I was ready to laugh at a movie and this one delivered. The last time I laughed that hard in a theater was at "Anchorman".
For fans of the old show, or simply someone who could use a good laugh. ...more info