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Get Smart (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  20 June 2008 (USA)
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A highly intellectual but socially awkward spy is tasked with preventing a terrorist attack from a Russian spy agency.


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American Maxwell Smart works for a Government spy agency in an administrative capacity. When the agency's head office is attacked, the Chief decides to assign Maxwell as a spy and partners him with sexy Agent 99, much to her chagrin. The duo nevertheless set off to combat their attackers by first parachuting off an airplane and landing in Russian territory - followed closely by an over seven feet tall, 400 pound goon, known simply as Dalip. The duo, handicapped by Maxwell's antics, will eventually have their identities compromised, and may be chalked up as casualties, while back in America their attackers have already planted a bomb that is set-up to explode in a concert. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El superagente 86  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,683,480 (USA) (20 June 2008)


$130,313,314 (USA) (31 October 2008)

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Did You Know?


Agent 23 tells Max that assassinations are prohibited by Executive Order 12333. Order 12333 was in fact was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and had a broader purpose to require coordination between the Federal agencies and the CIA, but did reiterate an existing policy against political assassinations. See more »


In the laser room when 99 tells Max to watch what she does she turns her head to her right while lifting her butt in the air. When it cuts to a closeup of Max's reaction her head is facing to her left. See more »


Maxwell Smart: Well, you were no help at all.
Agent 99: How could I help? I'm just a woman with a dusty old uterus.
Maxwell Smart: I never said dusty.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits feature are clips of Get Smart (1965) villains from the series, including Mr. Big (Michael Dunn's picture in a wanted poster) and the Claw. See more »


References Get Smart: Hubert's Unfinished Symphony (1966) See more »


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Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus (as Bjoern Ulvaeus)
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By far the BEST adaptation of a classic TV series for the big screen.
3 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw an advance screening of Get Smart and it was great! It was simply the best adaptation of a classic TV series for the big screen. I don't know how to explain it but it successfully carried the tone that the original series had. It was silly but not too silly and, at the same time, a little serious but not too serious. Familiar characters, props, music, jokes and lines all brought back fond memories of a delightful TV series. And there were plenty of new elements in this film that made it interesting and entertaining to watch.

Steve Carrell was terrific as Agent 86 and seemed to capture the essence of Maxwell Smart. Not only did his portrayal of him resembled that of Don Adams' from the sound of Smart's voice to the delivery of Smart's lines, Carrell managed to inject a bit of his own personality to create a new Smart that didn't stray too far away from the old.

Anne Hathaway was perfect as Agent 99. She did bear some resemblance to Barbara Feldon and actually delivered her lines in a similar manner as her at times. But more importantly, she had great chemistry with Carrell. A key ingredient to Get Smart's success was Maxwell Smart and Agent 99's chemistry and I'm glad the writers of this film didn't forget that. Feldon and Adams had terrific chemistry and so too did Hathaway and Carrell.

Unlike previous film adaptations of old television series that only superficially resembled their TV series counterpart, this film can truly be considered a big screen version of the Get Smart TV series. Where Lost In Space, Mission Impossible, Charlie's Angels, Starsky and Hutch and (have I missed anything?) have failed, this film succeeded in maintaining the tone and style of the original series upon which it's based. Moreover, the filmmakers managed to bring Get Smart up to date without forgetting its roots. New ideas created for this film seemed to be natural extensions of those used for the original series. Jokes, props, music, characters and plot, old and new, all seemed to be born from the Get Smart world.

I wish I could get into more details but I don't want to give anything away. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and highly recommend this to anyone, especially fans of the original TV series.

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