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GET SMART (2008)


Director: Peter Segal

Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember (screenplay)
Mel Brooks, Buck Henry (the characters)

Cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Masi Oka, James Caan, Bill Murray...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): PG-13

Runtime: 110 min

Genres: Spy comedy

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

The Cold War is over and there is no longer a need for the secret crime-battling agency, CONTROL. The days of battling the evil criminal organization called KAOS are long behind us. Or are they? Officially, the U.S. Government may think KAOS and CONTROL are obsolete but the agents know it isn't so -- there is still an element of danger (in the form of missing nuclear weapons) and the CONTROL agents are doing their best to stop the threat.

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is still the familiar bumbling guy, but doesn't have "agent" status yet, instead, he's a top research analyst. "Agent 23" (Dwayne Johnson) is Max's mentor and idol. Alan Arkin is the "Chief" and "Agent 99" is Anne Hathaway.

Brilliant casting. The storyline and action sequences were more fun than the last 4 or 5 James Bond movies! I hope Max and the gang return for more adventures. I enjoyed this movie more than I expected to, and could watch it again and again. I never considered myself a fan of the original Get Smart TV series but this movie rendition was fabulous!

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