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We Have An Early Look At A Test Screening Of GET SMART!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. This spy is not a plant. It’s not often that I can say it with this degree of certainty, but I’m absolutely positive that this guy is not a plant for Warner Bros. He doesn’t work in the film industry at all, actually. He just got out of school and went to work in another field altogether. I’ve known this guy for at least six years. He just happened to go to this screening and sent me a review that is so simple and clean and well-expressed that I’m sure you’ll accuse him of being a plant. But he’s not. Which is actually sort of encouraging, because he seemed to really like the film, which I was very unsure about. Maybe this is going to turn out to be good after all...
Hey Moriarty. I just saw an early screening of Get Smart, which comes out in June 2008, and thought I should drop in a few lines about it. Mind you: although what I saw was a rough cut of the film, so what I saw may not be the final product, although judging from the positive audience reaction, the producers won't need to tweak this action-comedy very much. Steve Carrell plays the titular Maxell Smart, expert analyst for CONTROL, a top secret organization led by The Chief (Alan Arkin). CONTROL keeps an eye on the terroristic KAOS, led by the cruel Siegfried (Terrance Stamp) and the put-upon Shtarker (Ken Davitian, who played Borat's sidekick producer). CONTROL, like any other organization, has its internal conflicts, here between its flashy field agents like Agent 23 (Dwayne "I don't go by 'The Rock'" Johnson) and its IT/office types like Smart – in fact, Smart would like nothing more than to become elite field agent. But when CONTROL is devastated by a surprise KAOS attack, it has no choice but to send him into action with the far more experienced Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), who's cool to the idea of teaming up with the dopey Smart. Through his charm and basic decency — even to the bad guys— Smart manages to win the skeptical Agent 99 over despite his constant ability to land himself into trouble. If this part sounds vaguely like the first Austin Powers movie, you'd be right— Hathaway plays the sort of faux-Bond Girl Elizabeth Hurley played to Mike Myers. But the film isn't about Bond, since its real target is the Mission Impossible movies, with its gadgets and Ethan Hunt's practically superhuman agility and strength, along with a climax that clearly echoes "24." The Chief praises Smart for his skills with human intelligence as opposed to fancy technology, and he gets out of scrapes through his wits, even as the film mixes in a surprisingly strong string of action scenes along the way that make it as much the action movie as the genre its mocking. The film manages successfully to juggle slapstick comedy with romantic dialog, throwing in the occasional barb at current politics with effective action sequences, all held together by Carrell and Hathaway's basic humanity – both actors have experience playing determined, under appreciated underdogs that make good, and both add chemistry to a crowd-pleasing film. The film is overall an impressive mix of action and comedy. Vertov

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  • Dec. 4, 2007, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Too Soon!

    by pancomplex

    How about something original for a change...we need a Titanic remake, I mean its been 10 years!!

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway=I'm there

    by Dazzler69

    nuff said.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Now I Know It's a Plant

    by kevinwillis.net

    "Oh, he's definitely not a plant. I know it for sure. No, definitely not a plant, nope. Not at all."<br><br>Plant!!

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Also, Maxell Smart?

    by kevinwillis.net

    Maxell Smart? Is this product placement run amok?<br><br>"Not only is he a fine agent, but his audio reproduction is second to none!"

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Get Smart 2: CONTROL and KAOS team up against THE PLANT

    by Err

    Oh noes!

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 7:54 a.m. CST

    But...is it really 'Get Smart'?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Or have they just slapped the names form the brillant show from the 60's on something that has nothing to do with it?<br> I mean, I'm okay with a funny movie, but I would prefer a funny 'Get Smart' movie!

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 8:35 a.m. CST

    glad to see a positive review, but...

    by freydis

    max is smart? isn't that kind of... completely contrary to the show?

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Austin Powers?

    by mithrandir16

    It sounds like this reviewer is unfamiliar with the Get Smart tv show. This shouldn't just a parody of old spy movies, it needs to be a film version of the great old tv show. Of course, Agent 99, Steve Carell, shoe phones, and the cone of silence will probably be enough. As long as they don't recreate the colossal suckfest that was The Pink Panther remake, I'll be happy.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    It better have...

    by Kid Z

    ...Maxwell Smart walking down a long corridor, through an endless series of various large, clanking iron doors as the opening credits or forget it! ('Cause, really... that was the best part of the show, anyway.)

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    A Lot of Maxwell/Chief Exchanges

    by Aquatarkusman

    in the old series reminded me of bad Borscht-belt comedy routines. Good thing they had the perfect actor with the perfect voice (Don Adams). In any event, wasn't Get Smart more of a parody of The Avengers?

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Did somebody say Anne Hathaway?

    by BigTexas42

    Give me a minute, boys. I need some "alone time".

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:29 a.m. CST

    "is that fast for a desk?"

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    god the original movie was funny. with the nude bimb and the cloning device. <p>funny shit. i may just go out and buy that one and skip the remake.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Carell and Hathaway as romantic partners

    by Osmosis Jones

    = EW.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Anyone else think Carrell with Hathaway is a little creepy?

    by SpyGuy

    "99, I am your father...and...loving it!"

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Sounds more like a take

    by skimn

    on the so-so Rowan Aktinson movie Johnny English, where he escaped an attack on the British Secret Service, thus becoming their prime agent. Did this reviewer ever see the original series? No mention of a supposed cameo by Bernie Kopell, or Hymie the robot, or the agent that was always disguised as common objects. The trailer gives me a little hope, as does Steve Carell's take on taking over such a iconic role as Don Adams' Maxwell Smart. Would like a more detailed review.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:52 a.m. CST

    I'll only watch this for Carrell.

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    Never been a big fan of GET SMART but I'll probably watch this for Carrell. That guy has great comic timing.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Would you believe....

    by Ninja Nerd

    ....that Hollywood can take any old property like Get Smart and NOT fuck it up? This show had a lot of little things that made it funnier than it should have been. If the movie messes this up...witness "Bewitched"...it will tank worse than "Evan Almighty".

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 10:07 a.m. CST

    aquatarkusman, no. get smart was never a spoof..

    by jig98

    of the avengers. it was more like the old 60's batman show with adam west. it was a campy take-off of the whole genre of crime fighting and puzzle solving. it was never like south park where they attack current events with genius comedy. it was a very stylish and comedic thank you to everyone who supported the mission impossible and i spy t.v series shows all those years. also, i'm looking forward to the get smart big screen remake next summer. only because i still love the show and steve carell's a funny guy.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Anne Hathaway needs to be spanked

    by palewook

    for agreeing to be in this. Then spanked some more for being Anne Hathaway..

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Ahhh....

    by veritasses

    This reminds me of the old "use the goofy IT nerd to team up with the hot super agent so that they can save the world from the evil plans of a secret, powerful organization Trick." Missed being an original story by... THAT much. I wonder how many young'uns even saw an ep of Get Smart. Still sounds good though. Good cast.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Young'un

    by ThomasServo

    I'm 25, do I count as a young'n? Remember, my generation had Nick@Night to introduce us to all these great old shows. To this day, I consider The Dick van Dyke show one of the greatest sitcoms ever. I loved Get Smart, Green Acres...hell, even F-Troop. I'm excited about this flick.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    As For Vegetation...

    by Aquatarkusman

    ... the excerpted review is a plant and not particularly interested in hiding that fact. Leo presented evidence as damning as the plant typing "gotta go, we at Paramount are having a birthday cake for Fred in Accounting."

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    That review is unreadable.

    by one9deuce

    Moriarty, I hope your "friend" isn't planning on being a writer. <p> I think the cast sounds spot-on for this, unfortunately the story sounds derivative.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Mel Brooks and Buck Henry

    by Tar Heel

    Did Mel and Buck have any say in this? At least to give it their blessing or not. Inquiring minds want to know. I suppose we'll hear more as the release date approaches.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I think a round table at Comic Con

    by skimn

    mentioned that Mel and Buck have given their blessing, if not some advice. I hope they both get a buttload of cash for this. And Buck Henry's coming up on 30 Rock as Tina's dad. How appropriate given the SNL lineage.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    PLANT

    by cornponious

    and Page may go on tour again, with John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Xiphos: And by "undercover" did you mean large?

    by Det. John Kimble

    Because they are. A little pale though.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 2:42 p.m. CST

    plant

    by ironic_name

    titties

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    "Under appreciated underdogs"??????

    by Mister Man

    Underappreciated, actually. But isn't that a somewhat strange phrase?

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I've Seen It Too

    by DangerMan

    The movie is soft and is not GET SMART as we know it. It does feel like JOHNNY ENGLISH and they made the character of Smart a nerd and a dweeb. The odd thing is it's an action movie and not all that funny. There's one scene in it that plays like a flashback to the original show, but overall this is a major disappointment. It's Maxwell Almighty.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 5:28 p.m. CST

    my favorite Get Smart joke

    by JackDonkey

    "this is the second most powerful poison in the world" "is it artificial sweetner?" "no it's blah blah" "what's the first most powerful poision?" "artificial sweetner" max does the funny face

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 6:17 p.m. CST

    You had me at Terrance Stamp

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    although I'll still probably just rent it. Hey, it sounds good, and has a fine cast, but a movie has to be superb for me to shell out $10.

  • Dec. 5, 2007, 12:29 a.m. CST

    I'll go see GET SMART!

    by Boris Baddenov

    BUT ... When is Hollywood going to do a big-screen adaptation of HOGAN'S HEROES?

  • Dec. 5, 2007, 1:06 a.m. CST

    No leobloom, YOU'RE a plant!

    by Ribbons

    Boosh!

  • Dec. 5, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    "Do you drink, Hymie?"

    by OtisSpofford

    "Only a little oil now and then." "Do you smoke?" "Only when I drink cheap oil." Man, I used to love me some Get Smart.

  • Dec. 5, 2007, 4:08 a.m. CST

    He's 100% full of shit, and I can say this b/c..

    by AceVenturtle

    I saw it at a test screening and I can tell you for certain that it blew hard. It's a tame PG kiddie flick. Steve Carell is wasted to shit, and Hathaway phoned it in. She's still amazingly hot though. This all coming from an Office-addicted, Anchorman fan with 40 year old virgin bobblehead on his desk. I was amused by the teaser, but this movie sucked hard.

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  • Dec. 24, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Ah well...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

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