Most of the 60’s TV comedies that Hollywood has made into feature films, such as “Bewitched” and “The Flintstones” have been disappointments with critics and at the box office. But Not “Get Smart”, which keeps you laughing from start to finish.
Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, is played by Steve Carell and early in the movie he gets partnered with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway) so, together, they can fight the evil group, Kaos, which is planning a nuclear attack on the United States. Carell and Hathaway have great chemistry together in both the comedy and action scenes. Alan Arkin is also very good as The Chief. Dwayne (no more “The Rock”) Johnson rounds out the stars in the cast and there are some funny supporting performances as well.
I’ve never seen an episode of the TV show, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the movie. But there are plenty of classic lines, inside jokes and a fun cameo that fans of the TV series will appreciate.
“Get Smart” is an action-comedy, with a little romance thrown in, and it works on all levels. However, it is not a “Family Film”, due to violence and some bad language. Kids 10 and under, who may want to see this movie, should, instead stick to DVD reruns of the TV series.
On The Official Kid Critic Report Card, “Get Smart” gets a B+.
The movie is dedicated to actor Don Adams, who made Maxwell Smart one of the great TV characters of all-time. I think he’d be very proud of this version of his show.
So, be smart and and check-out the DVD of “Get Smart.”