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2008-06-20 12:00:00

Shoe phone joke? Check. Cone of silence joke? Check. The always competent Agent 99 rolling her eyes at the bumbling (but always lucky) Maxwell Smart as he once again outwits the KAOS agents? Check. The big-screen version of "Get Smart," with its barrage of sight gags, outlandish high-tech gadgets, rapid-fire word play and bone-cracking action sequences, pays homage to many of the iconic ingredients from the 1965-70 television series. But the film is more than recycled silliness. Thanks to...

2008-06-20 03:00:17

By Rich Heldenfels, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio Jun. 20--The people who made Get Smart took their own title's advice. And they got a better movie out of doing so. In the classic TV series, secret agent Maxwell Smart was a dope. He caused constant problems. He annoyed his boss. It was a miracle that he survived as long as he did. But the Smart-as-dope gag has been worked long and hard. The original TV series starring Don Adams ran five seasons (four on NBC, one on CBS). There was...

2008-06-19 06:00:00

By Claudia Puig Get Smart (**1/2 out of four) is bright enough, but stops short of being clever. This contemporary remake of the iconic '60s TV comedy could have used more of the sly wit of show creators Buck Henry and Mel Brooks and less of the antic humor and overblown action sequences that typify Hollywood's summer output. While the film is breezily entertaining, it also is surprisingly generic, despite the likable Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart. Carell does a fine, goofy job. But you...

2008-06-18 15:00:25

By SANDY COHEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The shoe phone on TV's "Get Smart" wasn't just a sneaky spy gadget; it was a technological marvel: a wireless, portable telephone that could be used anywhere though it did require a dime to make a call. Today, almost everyone has a pocket-size version that also takes photos, shoots video, sends e-mail, and surfs the Internet. About the only thing it doesn't do is protect your feet. "Get Smart" comes to the big screen thisweek, along with a spate of...

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