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Get Smart Get Smart
Movie Rating:
 7/10
DVD Rating:
 6/10
Overall Rating:
 7/10


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Starring:
Steve Carell
Anne Hathaway
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Terence Stamp
Alan Arkin
Ken Davitian
Masi Oka
Nate Torrence
David Koechner
Terry Crews
Craig Susser
James Caan
Bill Murray


Special Features:
Play movie straight through or in Comedy Optimization Mode with Get Smart Takes, over 20 minutes of hilarious alternative jokes.

Other Info:
Video: Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 110 min
Rating: PG-13

Synopsis from DVD Cover:
Steve Carell is in CONTROL as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depth but never out of options in this action comedy pitting him against the nuclear scheme of the evil spy group KAOS. Anne Hathaway partners with Max as ever capable Agent 99. And Director Peter Segal (The Longest Yard) guides his stars (including Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin) through the dangerous realm of molar radios, multifunction pocketknives, exploding dental floss and more.

Quick Review:
I've seen and enjoyed reruns of the old "Get Smart," and they always seemed like my kind of funny-quirky, a little off - and I loved Don Adams as Maxwell Smart. When this whole movie remake thing started happening, I was mildly interested, mainly because casting Steve Carell as Smart seemed so darn perfect. Well, the movie came and went and I barely noticed, but having had the chance to see it on DVD, it's not bad, though you may not remember it for too long afterward.

We meet Maxwell Smart (Carell) on the day he's about to take the test to become a field agent for the super secret US intelligence agency CONTROL - for the 8th time. He passes, but is given the bittersweet good news that he's just too good at his current analyst position to be promoted. All that changes, though, when CONTROL headquarters are targeted and most all of CONTROL's agents are destroyed by arch-nemesis evil agency KAOS. That puts Maxwell right in the middle of all the action, and with his reluctant new partner Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), he's off to save the world from nuclear disaster.

"Get Smart" is one of those mildly entertaining films that you watch, like, laugh at, but don't think much about later. And that's not really a bad thing; I mean, it does what it's supposed to - entertains - and it doesn't step on any toes along the way. Of all the TV remakes-into-movies I've seen ("Bewitched," "Charlie's Angels," the new and awful "Land of the Lost"), this one is probably closest in spirit to its mothership production. It's silly at times, full of dry humor at times, and throws in some nifty stunts and gadgets. Carell is actually worth remembering as Maxwell Smart, who's actually a little like Michael Scott (and not just because it's the same actor). With Carell, Maxwell comes off a lit more empathetic than Adams did, which makes root for him just a little more. Hathaway's really grown on me lately, and she's a perfect 99, funny and straightwoman all at the same time. Special mention also for Dwayne Johnson (you're still The Rock to me) - he has a knack for comedy, and should definitely make sure that, even when his roles go action, there's room for funny. This isn't something I rushed out to see in theaters, but it's a solid DVD choice.

As with just about every DVD released lately, there's an included digital copy, but the rest of the Extras are sort of strange-not in their content, but their set-up, at least the Deleted Scenes. The scenes are OK, but the method of getting to them is so distracting that I didn't really care to watch. See, there's this little icon thing that pops up whenever the scene would've been in the movie and you have to have your remote ready, and ... it's just trouble for a lazy person. There are two featurettes: one about casting ("The Right Agent for the Right Job") and a look at the location shots in Moscow ("Max in Moscow"); we've also got a short piece with Carell being funny about languages, a Gag Reel, and a preview of the gadget-boys spin-off "Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control."

In Conclusion:
Nothing really special, but a decent re-imagining of a classic TV series that does a better job of capturing its predecessor's spirit than most, "Get Smart" benefits greatly from Steve Carell.


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