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Get Smart is my favorite television show of all-time so even though I just knew I was going to hate the adaptation I had to go and see it. Steve Carrell does his best Maxwell Smart imitation and other than that absolutely nothing is the same as the television series...

and yet, it was really good.

Nobody is Don Adams but Steve Carrell does about as good as anybody could I think. Much like his character in the Office he's the dumbest guy in the room and the smartest guy in the room too. Carrell does Smart's signature lines "would you believe" and "missed it by that much" I don't think he ever says "and loving it" though. The shoe phone and a new updated cone of silence make appearances too.

The Rock is fantastic as the hot shot Agent 23 that is the perfect secret agent. I wanted to hate Anne Hathaway because of her age and because she wasn't very much like Agent 99 but she was just good enough to win me over and she has some pretty nice legs like Barbara Feldon.

Unfortunately the Chief and Siegfried and weren't that great to me. They made Siegfried a serious villain and though I understand why they did it it's just not the same. But there were tons of great minor roles and appearances: Terry Crews, David Koechner, James Caan, Bill Murray, Masi Oka, Bernie Kopell even the Great Khali was good (he only spoke one line of English and we didn't see his face so I'm not even sure it was him).

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I thought this was about as good as Iron Man, way better than Indiana Jones.



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.43
    Originally posted by Quezzy
    even the Great Khali was good (he only spoke one line of English and we didn't see his face so I'm not even sure it was him)


What the hell are you talking about? The Great Khali was all over the movie. He had more scenes than The Rock had. How could you not be sure it was him? There's only one seven foot giant in the entire movie. He even did a face turn.

I also don't understand this "wanting to hate Anne Hathaway because of her age" line. How is it her fault she's in her mid 20's? Blame the director and producers who cast her if you don't like her presence in the movie.

Get Smart itself I thought was okay. I didn't hate it but I didn't like it, though I wanted to like it very much. Comedy is all about timing and to me, the timing was off through the whole movie. The comedy probably read funny in the script, it was probably funny on the set, but it didn't play funny to me. I think it was the editing so I'll blame the editor and the director for the way the scenes were staged.

Steve Carrell did a pretty awesome channeling of Don Adams and he brought his game, but I think it didn't come together as funny as it was intended. Alan Arkin also understood the comedy, by underreacting to the strangeness around him.

Again, this is all subjective. Comedy is entirely subjective. I thought Get Smart... wait for it... missed it by THAT much.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
      Originally posted by Quezzy
      even the Great Khali was good (he only spoke one line of English and we didn't see his face so I'm not even sure it was him)


    What the hell are you talking about? The Great Khali was all over the movie. He had more scenes than The Rock had. How could you not be sure it was him? There's only one seven foot giant in the entire movie. He even did a face turn.


I think what he meant was his face was covered by darkness when he spoke his one line, so it could have been dubbed in.

Other than that, as an incredible fan of the original, I thought the movie was really funny. My girlfriend has never seen any of the old episodes and she was laughing so hard throughout it that her sides hurt. After the movie was done, half the audience was applauding, which is weird because we go two days after the movies debut here to see them and don't normally get any applause that you do on an opening night showing. Iron Man got a few people clapping, Indiana Jones got none at all, but this one had cheering. I even caught myself clapping a couple times, something I haven't done in years.

There were some parts where I agree that the editing needed some work, but for the most part I think this is one of the funnier movies that I've seen in a long time.

Other than agent's names they didn't do anything like the original tv series really, but I think the direction they decided to go in was for the best. I loved remembering all the old jokes and agents and enjoyed seeing how they were all updated and used in this rendition. His last "would you believe..." was a great touch.

Finally a comedy people can take their kids too without having to cover their eyes or explain things afterwards. Anything that's dirty was done in a way that it'll just go over kid's heads and be forgotten. Not every comedy has to have the fat kid from Superbad talking about his dick and swearing. These guys knew that you CAN still do comedy really well without having to be disgusting or vulgar to do so.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.40
I didn't think Carrell was imitating Don Adams at all...Aside from using the trademark lines, I thought he made Maxwell Smart into his own character, and did a pretty good job of it.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.21
I loved this film and it's bittersweet, because you know that if this had come out before 2005, it would have ended with a Don Adams cameo, as well it should have. I like that Steve Carrell made the character his own, but the delivery of the classic Adams lines was spot-on.

This was a pleasant surprise, considering I wasn't expecting anything good to come of this. If you haven't seen it yet, go see it!

And one other thing to note, The Great Khali may not wrestle worth a damn, but he can sure play the "imposing heavy" type to a tee. Methinks he should go into acting full-time.




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Since: 16.10.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.94
As a review I read summed up, this was an action comedy where neither the action or comedy were really that great.

This was OK. Not great, but not bad either.

A movie with Michael Scott and the People's Champ should have been right up my alley.

There was a dancing scene where Carrell dances with a larger woman that goes absolutely nowhere. The age difference between Carrell and Hathaway make their relationship a bit hard to buy, even if they do try to do some lame explanation to make them seem closer in age.

It's not serious enough like a "Mission:Impossible" yet not silly enough like "Austin Powers" or "The Naked Gun" so it sits there in the middle awkwardly.

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We took IJ to see this yesterday - put the Rock in the trailer and she is SO there - and the best way I can describe it is that as we walked out of the theater, we all remarked that we liked it. Then IJ asked us what our favorite part was, and me and Mrs. JJD couldn't come up with anything. It wasn't great or particularly memorable, but it had some funny moments and was enjoyable for what it was.



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