Movie: "Get Smart"
Year: 2008
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed by: Peter Segal
Writing credits: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 6/29/2008

Plot: New and somewhat inept CONTROL Agent Maxwell Smart teams up with Agent 99 in an attempt to stop a KAOS plot against the President.

Review: Let me just get this out of the way, first: I never really watched the Get Smart TV show (unfortunately), so I'm judging this movie solely based on its own merits, and not how closely it captures the feel of the series. I'd seen plenty or reviews saying that this movie wasn't very funny, so I didn't know what to expect going in, but being a big fan of Steve Carell and Dwayne Johnson, both of whom are very funny actors with impeccable comedic timing, I knew I had to check it out for myself. And I'm glad to report that the negative reviews are full of shit, because this is one of the most enjoyable comedies I've seen all year.

The filmmakers here were smart in not making this a total spoof movie in the vein of Austin Powers, but rather having a serious plot (with actual threatening villains), within which the characters find themselves in funny situations. Carell is very good at taking a normal situation and turning it into something humorous, so this is an approach that is perfectly suited to his brand of humor. The rest of the cast does a great job and it's evident when you watch them together that they had a great time making this movie. There are also some fun cameos by James Caan, Patrick Warburton, and Bill Murray, who has the best one, because he is inside a tree.

Despite having directed some shitty comedies in the past, Peter Segal delivers plenty of laughs here and is a surprisingly competent action director. Even without the jokes, the movie would still be entertaining to watch as a spy thriller, but as the jokes almost never fall flat, the movie is fun to watch on both levels. Humor is probably the most subjective form of entertainment there is--you either laugh at something or you don't, and it's very difficult to hide your honest reaction when it comes to comedy, so I'm glad to say that the audience seemed to enjoy this movie as much as I did. Pay no attention to the reviews (except mine, of course), because this movie doesn't disappoint at all.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Sapper Whacker
Jun 30th, 2008, 10:44 AM
My favourite thing about this movie was how the portrayed Maxwell Smart. Also, I don't know if anyone else felt this way, but the traitor took me by complete surprise. (Trying not to be a spoiler).
Suicidal Chipmunk
Jun 30th, 2008, 01:39 PM
Yeah, the traitor in the movie really surprised me too, but I gotta say, my favorite part is when Max gets captured by the guys and asks" Would you believe me i i sai there are 130 black ops snipers outside? No? How about 24 delta force commandos? ........Chuck Norris with a BB gun?" Best part of the whole movie right there.
Jun 30th, 2008, 04:30 PM
You guys really need to see the original series. It is probably the original spy spoof.

Jun 30th, 2008, 09:48 PM
I love the original series, you should all really check it out.
Who? Me?
Jul 1st, 2008, 12:58 AM
Chuck Norris for the win!!!

I had no idea that the media actually took account of internet memes until I saw this movie XD

But, anyway...This had to be one of the greatest movies that got bad reviews ever made. Heck, one of the greatest movies ever PERIOD.
Jul 1st, 2008, 01:17 AM
I've been wondering about this one, too. Having caught the original series in syndication (Go Nick at Nite!) when I was younger, I positively loved it and am, as always, leery of modern "remakes" of things. I haven't seen any other reviews but Proto's but honestly, I value the comments here, by both staff and forum-members a lot more than formal reviews. May have to go check this one out.
Jason's a Furry! Run!
Jul 1st, 2008, 02:14 AM
I completely agree with this review. I'm a fan of the old series, and I was more than a little unnerved with all the bad reviews. But when I watched it, that all melted away and I really enjoyed it. Steve Carell is great (as he usually is), and I also loved David Ketridontknowhowtospellit as Larabee (he's a funny guy; outside The Comebacks at least). While it didn't capture the feel of the series as much as it could've, it was still a very funny summer film.

And proto, you really should check out the original series. It's classic humor, with the great Don Adams giving birth to a whole slew of catchphrases and wonderfully quirky gadgets. Throw in the fact that it was created and written by Mel Brooks, and you've got gold. I've never actually seen it on TV (I'm sure it's on somewhere), but you can rent (or buy!) the entire series on DVD now. Give it a watch sometime (if you had to pick just one episode, make it the Olympics one, it's one of the best).
Jul 1st, 2008, 03:15 AM
I have to go to the movies this week and make my own decision about this flick (hey, this is a verse!).
Turrican't. :(
Jul 1st, 2008, 04:57 AM
Steve Carell is a sure-fire way to make sure that I do not spend money or life seeing your movie.
Jul 1st, 2008, 06:05 AM
If only the movie critics used their power for niceness, instead of evil.
lurking on the walls
Jul 2nd, 2008, 12:51 AM
From what you say, the movie sounds ike it is like the serries, I loved it when i was younger.... The shoe phone, cone of scilence, and the slapstick humer and "missed it by that much" all good quotes. The cameps were no doubt other agents, and i bet it does much better than that serries in the 90's "Get smarter"

thanks for the good review. if more people went in to movies with an open mind and fresh perspective maybe more movies would be seen on the average persons' opinion. not some overweight schmoe and a bucket of popcorn and some whiney guy who thinks he knows what he's talking about.
High Priest of Burbank
Jul 2nd, 2008, 02:01 PM
I felt exactly the same way as you did! Someone shouldn't go into this movie expecting it to be phenomenally reminiscent of the series. It's the same setting and characters being used in a wholly different way.

"I had no idea that the media actually took account of internet memes until I saw this movie XD"

...did you ever see X-Men 3? He's the Juggernaut... bitch.
Jul 3rd, 2008, 03:08 AM
I ordered season 1 of the original from time/life. Apparently it if 5 dvds.
An Arizona Horror Company
Jul 3rd, 2008, 10:10 PM
Have yet to see this one-- have been more focused on and jazzed about the blowin-shit-up-real-good-in-purdy-colors summer movies, so far-- but I've read a couple of interviews in which series co-creator Mel Brooks gave the movie his blessing. I'll take that as a very good sign.
Forum Virgin
Jul 5th, 2008, 08:00 PM
i havent seen the movie but i did see a few of the episodes and along with m.a.s.h, the adams family, gilligan's island, bewitched, and i dream of genie, is a classic comedy of years gone by. seems to me that steve carell's choice for agent maxwell was great and i know that im not gonna be dissapointed. hopefully this and the new batman flick will revive a somewhat lackluster summer movie season.