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Movie review: Get Smart


We watched this movie last night after checking it out at the library.


Get Smart stars Steve Carrell as Maxwell Smart, the inept-but-lovable secret agent who gets the job done more by incredible luck than by incredible wits. Anne Hathaway plays his love interest and field agent partner. Also in this movie is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that guy from Heroes (I don’t watch the show so I don’t know his name), that guy who did the hilarious Capital One and cereal commercials and James Caan. Terrence Stamp is the chief villain while RAW’s Ali is one of his henchmen.

What I liked: Carrell is absolutely perfect in this role. To work, comedy has to have perfect timing, and that’s what Carrell delivers. The storyline was very amusing, and I laughed out loud many times. Hathaway was indeed very cute and played a great “straight man” to Carrell. The story also had a cute homage to the late original Maxwell Smart in the name of the plane being flown: Yarby Airlines (Don Adams’ real surname was Yarby).

What I didn’t like: the “president” in this movie was a thinly-veiled spoof of former President George W. Bush and his supposed ineptness. A joke’s a joke, I suppose, but my advice for Caan (who played the president): the next time you play a Bush-like president, at least try to speak with a Texas drawl.

There were some jokes of a mildly-inappropriate nature, but they were kept to a minimum. For the first time in a long time, a new comedy has focused on funny dialogue and crazy antics!

Overall, it was a very funny movie, one I liked a lot.

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