86 & 99
Get Smart
Review by Ross Anthony

Get SmartI kept wanting something more from this pleasant enough flick. Perhaps having been a fan of the 60's series biased me. Perhaps, simply put, I missed Don Adams. Don doesn't show up. Steve Carell, is a funny man, of course, but doesn't aim for the impersonation. Although, that's not entirely clear. The picture opens in modern day with Steve (also called Max) walking through the halls of "Control" passed what appears to be glass-encased, museum-like relics from the Maxwell Smart of the TV series -- the orange sports car, the sharp suit, and most unforgettably, the telephone shoe. I appreciate the homage, but I'm confused, is Steve the Max of 60's or is he a new Max? I left the theater with the feeling that filmmakers never resolved their own debate on the topic.

For this reason, I'm rather certain, younger viewers unfamiliar with Don Adams will enjoy the film even more. As for me, I think the film could have been improved if the filmmakers were more decisive. Maybe call Steve "Mac Agent 86b." Let him be his own man, perhaps idolizing the "legendary" 86 -- watching excerpts from the TV series -- call the film "Get Smarter."

Otherwise, this is a B+ film. Steve, is at the center, but there's plenty of well-earned laughs by others. Alan Arkin is rock solid, and his "Swordfish" scene busted my gut. I also enjoyed the collection of strong comedians chosen to mock the US committee on war. In sum, I may have been expecting more, and was left wanting more, but "Get Smart" is simply a light fun film. As for Steve, despite the fact that it's often remembered as a flop, I enjoyed his Evan Almighty much more.

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  • Get Smart. Copyright © 2008.
  • Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp.
  • Directed by Peter Segal.
  • Screenplay by Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember.
  • Produced by Andrew Lazar, Charles Roven, Alex Gartner.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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