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Get Smart

Published December 26, 2012

Get Smart

Film info

  • Title Get Smart
  • Directors
  • Year 2008
  • Run time
  • Genres
  • Tagline Saving the world... and loving it!

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 ever-capable Agent 99. And 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).

Fast Facts

Title: Get Smart Director: Peter Segal Year: 2008 Run time: 1hr 50m

Background Info

I’d never heard of this, didn’t know about the original TV show until I was reading some trivia afterwards, and just managed to stumble across it in iTunes somehow. It seemed like a Johnny English style movie, but with Steve Carell who I am gradually becoming obsessed with. So, we took some festive time out to watch this non-festive movie.

Live Blog

0:49 - Ye olde iPod. 5:04 - This is a bit like the beginning to the Other Guys. Nerds versus cool field agents. 8:03 - “Yes, they are bad guys but that is what they do, not who they are.” 11:57 - So, there is something to be said for only being adequate at your job! 16:53 - That’s… Bill Murray in a tree. 22:07 - Flame thrower in a Swiss Army Knife is incredible. How has that not happened yet? 28:23 - No chute, and his hands are still tied. This is not good! 29:45 - “Where could you possibly be goooooing?” 34:03 - Dude just stapled someone’s head! 40:20 - A good host always introduces himself, that helps! 46:34 - James Bond reference. 50:17 - I like that he’s not completely useless, it’s more circumstance than anything. 54:17 - “The way I held that guy’s hair while you punched him in the throat, that was nice.” 56:01 - Kremlin gameface. 1:06:22 - “Big people feel pain too.” 1:15:40 - Is that a terribly British bad guy again? 1:19:28 - I can’t quite believe they would leave him with a radio, but still. 1:25:40 - Can’t quite work out if that was a compliment, but he’ll take it. 1:33:19 - Are these plane banners a thing? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. 1:36:58 - It’s all gone a bit BTTF3. I expect her to say golly any second now. 1:39:13 - It never seems like a good idea to wear white if you are a spy.

Conclusions

I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t a bumbling buffoon of a spy film, but that Carell was actually meant to be a half-decent and intelligent spy. Things just kept going wrong for him, although, of course, it all worked out in the end. I suspect there were a lot of references to the original TV series that went over my head here, but even so, I quite enjoyed it.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: Unrated

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