"Get Smart"--Your thoughts

June 17, 2008
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Since I'm out of town, I had to miss the Tuesday IBJ Night at the Movies preview of "Get Smart." So if you were there, enlighten me. What did I miss?
  • I was surprised, it was very good. From the commercials and previews, I thought it would be cheesey... but I wanted to see it anyway because I'm a big fan of Steve Carell. So, if anyone is on the fence of whether to see this Steve Carell movie or not... go see it, it's great!
  • I was also surprised. I enjoy Steve Carrell ALOT, but thought that this movie looked like it was funny in the commercials, but... we all know how deceiving commercials can be. So, i did not have alot of hope for this movie. it was a little long, BUT... it was very very good movie. Lots of Cameos. Have a good day all.
  • I really loved the movie....Like others, I figured all the funny parts were in the commercials. I took my 10 year old nephew and I think I like it more than he did! This movie has made me appreciate what a good actor Steve Carell is.
  • Hey Lou -- Thanks for the free passes. I'd never seen the Get Smart TV show, so I didn't know what to expect. But I'm never one to pass up free entertainment. But I would definitely pay to go see Get Smart again.

    I thought Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway were great as a pair. And as much as I don't want to like The Rock, I always do. There is a cell phone scene near the beginning that was unexpected and very funny.

    Even though it's PG-13, I'd be pretty ok with taking my 9 and 11 year olds to see it. There are a few lines I might have to cover their ears for and we might schedule a bathroom break during one scene in the Russian bakery.

    But all in all, a great actomedy (action/comedy)!
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took my 16 y/o daughter, who had never seen it, and she really enjoyed it. (Thankfully, I was able to find episode 1, season 1, on the web for her. It was very helpful for her.)

    I thought Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway both fit the mold, but moreso Steve Carrell. Anne Hathaway was less subservient than the original Agent 99, but a review I read mentioned it was meant to be more a slapstick Bourne movie.

    Movie was great, just wish the rest of the patrons had read the tickets and showed up early. Really didn't need to hear the f-bombs from the bozo that showed up, with his girlfriend, at 7:32, then 'f' this, 'f' that for their being too many tickets 'sold'. He sat in the aisle. Idiots.
  • As a veteran watcher of Don Adams’ “Get Smart,” I spent a lot of time enjoying his bumbling ineptitude in just about every job he undertook. As the saying goes, “He couldn’t pour water out of a shoe with the directions on the heel.” He and Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) had a joined-at-the-hip relationship that transcended mere agents sharing the dangers of fieldwork.

    In the remake, Steve Carell superbly captured Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway more than carried her role as Agent 99. As a duo, they worked well together. A lot of funny lines; however, at times there were so many that they got lost in the laughter. All the actors acquitted themselves admirably. Great cameo appearances by several top talents. I wanted to hear more of the old Max, though. For example, the old Max always tried to explain his way out of a touchy situation with the chief by saying, “Would you believe….?” followed by some ridiculously inane but hilarious concoction of half-lie and half-truth.

    I had a great time. I loved the movie. I’d like to see Steve and Anne do a sequel.
  • I thought it was a lot of fun as well. It was a movie that I laughed quite a bit but it wasn't exactly quotable. Being a Mel Brooks fan I have always wanted to catch up with the old series, but haven't been able to yet. I knew enough of the iconic trademarks to catch most of the references (The phone-shoe, the car).

    As many have already mentioned, Steve Carrell single handedly sells this movie. He really has become such a genius with timing and keeping a straight face. I will happily see Get Smarter if he returns.

    Also the award for most random cameo has to go to Agent 13.
  • The movie was very enjoyable as proven by the laughter and comments at the theater. Anne Hathaway was a wonderful Agent 99 and Steve Carrell was an almost perfect Maxwell Smart. As a fan of the show when it was on I wasn't sure what to expect; I was worried that it would try to be like the show and fall flat. While it was true to many elemnts of the show it did not need to lean on the show for help in explaining what was happening. This was very eviden t by the younger people in the audience that probably never saw the show or knew who Don Adams or Barbara Felton was. The film moved quickly and never got bogged down with unecessary humor. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by almost anyone. There was some crude humor, but it shouldn't offend anyone. I would like to see it again because it did move quickly and it was easy to miss some of the things going on. I would give it a B+ rating. Thank you for the tickets; oh yea my wife also enjoyed it, and she is very pickey when it comes to comedies and remakes of old television shows.
  • I couldn't disagree more with the people above. I love comedies, but I didn't crack a smile once. The movie was a mess and the jokes were telegraphed. I seem to be in the minority though.
  • Lou, thanks for the tickets - the scene in the airplane bathroom brought back images of Gulliver being tied down by the Lilliputians (I think that's who did it) and it had me in tears laughing. COS - top notch technology - great touch. The same brand of ridiculousness as the original (one of my fav TV shows as a kid) that put me in touch with comfort humor.

    Just enough timing between major laughs to advance a plot - albeit no huge who dun it. The cameos - good touch. Carrell and Hathaway definitely pull this off - I was entertained by this funny edition to my lighter summer entertainment - just what the doctor ordered. Thumbs up - I'd see it in the theater again.
  • Thanks for the tickets Lou! The audience in the theater obviously loved this movie--which made it a lot more fun to watch. I think that person from the old Lucy and Desi shows (you know that cackle!) was sitting in the back left. The movie was fun, made me laugh once in awhile at the slapstick site gags. In terms of the OLD Maxwell Smart--it missed on many levels--the trade mark lines--
  • Thanks for the tickets! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. The airplane bathroom scene also had us in tears laughing. Carrell is fantastic in every scene and we even enjoyed some of the cheesy emotional moments! We think that Carrell and Hathaway worked well to replicate the relationship from the original series. It was great, the audience seemed to really enjoy it, and we would definitely see it again because we are sure we missed some of the lines due to laughter!

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