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About the Movie
In the world of covert intelligence, only one man is Smart. Steve Carell is in CONTROL as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depths 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 the ever-capable Agent 99. Director Peter Segal (The Longest Yard) guides his stars (including Dwayne Johnson and Alan Arkin) in an alternately daffy and dangerous realm of molar radios, Max's amazing multi-function pocketknife and more gizmos from lab nerds Bruce (Masi Oka) and Lloyd (Nate Torrence). Laughs, excitement, exploding dental floss--Get Smart is armed and hilarious.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 217
- Fresh: 109
- Rotten: 108
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Written and directed with efficiency, cheer, and a refreshing lack of look-how-meta-clever-we-are egotism, the movie references just enough of the original touchstones and punchlines to please those who lived it the first time.
Rotten: As a reworking of one of the great 1960s TV comedies, you'd think being funny would be its main goal. But you would be wrong. Very, very wrong.
Rotten: Rather than the laugh a minute promised by old comedies, Get Smart generates approximately one laugh per hour, and I can't remember either one.
Fresh: Chipper, energetic and unimaginatively plotted re-do.
Get Some Chemistry
Get Smart is certainly watchable, but it suffers from a lack of chemistry between its two leads. Carrell is perfectly cast as Maxwell Smart, but the much younger Hathaway is all wrong for her role. As played by Barbara Feldon in the 60’s, Agent 99 is a mature spy with a kittenish, playful sexiness and flinty voice. The chilliness between Carrell and Hathaway is partly due to the way the dialogue is written, but a hot, 40-ish actress like Tea Leoni or Marissa Tomei would have made it all work.
I cracked up so hard at this movie!! I'm pretty hard to please when it comes to comedy considering most of them can be pretty idiotic, but this one was just hilarious.
A updated version of the classic show. Very funny, smart, and Steve Carrell, at still stays true to the show