Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terrence Stamp, Terry Crews, James Caan
The line to the prescreening of the movie Get Smart was extended down the hall and around the corner. People were turned away as the theatre was completely full. If attendance would be any indication that this movie is fun, then bet on it. The audience could not get enough of the sight gags, the good natured goofy characters, the high tech gadgets and of course the leads Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway.
It is these two characters that play agent number 86 and agent 99 from the old TV sitcom. Steve Carell plays the inexperienced secret agent who only got the position because the central headquarters were attacked and many spies were eliminated. He is Agent 86. “Smart, Maxwell Smart is his name.”
Agent Smart had always wanted to be a spy ever since he joined the US spy agency called, Control. Unfortunately he exceeded the weight limit by over a hundred pounds. Determined to pass the examination and finally be chosen one of the select he devotes all his time in becoming physically fit and in fine-tuning his investigative skills while tracking spies from other countries and studying their languages.
The chief (played by Alan Arkin) is the head honcho of the Control Agency. He runs a tight ship and proves he can keep up with the newer agents as he assists agents 86 and 99 in preventing an assassination of the president, played by James Caan.
Not only are the sight gags funny but also the supporting cast who play their parts with all the finesse of James Bond and all the ineptitude of the Reno 911 Police Force. That combination gives the film an essence of true espionage with a knowing wink of humor to satisfy everyone’s funny bone.
Anne Hathaway pays a fine tribute to Barbara Feldon, the original agent 99. She plays her part straight and clearly is a competent spy. I think perhaps she was the most hardest working actor in this film. With a cast of male myrmidons expertly spoofing the spy genre, Hathaway is the foundation for all of the sophomoric comedy.
Are you looking for a summer film that is worth its weight in laughs? Look no further. Get Smart is it!
Chic Stars: Five Chic Stars
Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasé, an enigma.