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Comedy - Family

Get Smart

Released 2008 Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A TV series aired between 1965 and 1970
Writer/s script Tom J Astle, Matt Ember. (Characters Mel Brooks and Buck Henry)
Director Peter Segal
Starring Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Terry Crews, Bill Murray
Elevator Pitch An administrator in a very secret organisation in USA wishes to become a field agent, and his dream comes true after the headquarters is bombed and he is sent out on the road with Agent 99. They are on the trail of a secret Russian organisation with access to nuclear devices with which it intends to blackmail America. Max is brave, Agent 99 falls for him, but as they get closer to the villains their survival is in question.
Content A load of scenes which echo those in spy thrillers of 1990s. Max bumbles and Agent 99 is stunning. Some secret devices which are fun. Some gunfire. A lot of explosions as various facilities are blown up. No sex or nudity although Agent 99 is described by a critic as “leggy”.
A View I laughed a bit at the beginning but as the film progressed it became less entertaining, and finally seemed to be a bit serious, although I can’t say exactly why. It was not much liked by the critics but made money. If you don’t not have unlimited viewing time I would choose either another Steve Carell film, or another secret agent spoof.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels



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