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Get Smart (2008)
I now forgive Steve Carell for Evan Almighty
I loved the original Get Smart!, especially the slapstick humor that only Mel Brooks/Buck Henry could bring. But this adaptation is even funnier than the TV show. Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway make perfect CONTROL agents 86 and 99. Even though you knew that they were supposed to get together, the way the writers built the story of how they were assigned as partners and how their relationship grew is great. Dwayne Johnson as Agent 23 is also fantastic. Playing to his strengths as a cocky, swaggering, super agent is priceless. And Max does get the shoe phone back, along with his Sunbeam convertible.
Keep watch out for Bernie Koppel, Sigfried from the original.
Well worth the money and time!
Wild Hogs (2007)
$16K & 16 miles don't make a biker
But Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy do make a hilarious movie. I have been riding for more years than I care to count, and I see a lot of people I know in these four. Weekend warriors, dressed the part, but don't understand the mystique, or the true meaning of life. Which is why they decide to shag-ass out of Ohio and head west to see the Pacific Ocean on their bikes. They encounter a very strange motor cop, scare the hell out of a yuppie family in the old swimming hole, the lamest excuse for a biker gang, and a beautiful diner owner. John Travolta's character, Woody (no relation to Tim Allen's other co-star, Woody the Cowboy toy) manages to blow up the biker gang's hangout/bar which results in the Wild Hogs being marked for death. Ray Liotta is at his bad-boy best as Jack the leader of the Del Fuego gang. It has been a long time since I laughed so hard. The only reason I only gave it a 9 out of 10 stars is I noticed that early in the movie, they all managed to ride and accelerate while pulling on the clutch levers. Neat trick.
Ignore the negative reviews
The negative "professional" reviewers didn't like the first POC:TCoTBP, so, of course, they didn't like the second. But also take the positive reviews with a grain of salt (or sand). This movie is a little darker (and really deserves the PG-13 when Jack is given a necklace of human toes and fingers. Which he proceeds to gnaw on.) than the first. That isn't to say there aren't light hearted moments, it is just that when you are dealing with finding the still beating heart of Davey Jones, then the tone is a little dark. The movie starts out with poor Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) sitting in the rain, wondering where her groom is. Unfortunately, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) has been arrested for assisting in the escape of an enemy of the crown, namely one Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). When he is brought to her, she is also arrested for the same crime, with only one co-conspirator missing, Commadore Norrington (Jack Davenport). There is a new master of Port Royal in the person of Lord Cutler Becket (Tom Hollander) who wants Will to find Jack and "convince" him to turn over that broken compass. Little does Will know that the compass points the location of Davey Jones' "Dead Man's Chest" which contains the aforementioned heart. That, in a nutshell, is the driving force to the movie. Keira Knightley is still channeling Domino Harvey, in that she kicks some serious ass when fighting, either barehanded or with double swords. Johnny tones down the foppish act just slightly, and does a pretty good job seducing Elizabeth. Will is still Will, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, (and the rest of the Boy Scout Law). The rest of the cast is fantastic. Bill Knighy seems to like to play the same character. His voice is about all that you can recognize, but you will hear Viktor (his character in Underworld and Underworld:Evolution) in the way he talks. The two former undead pirates, Pintel (Lee Arenberg) and Ragetti (Mackenzie Crook) are back, and manage to get back on the Black Pearl, but don't give Jack too much trouble. Keeping in mind the PG-13, the whole family will enjoy this film.