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2008-08-13 18:00:28

By Ellie Genower Anne Hathaway might look as pretty as a picture but she's made of stern stuff. The perky brunette didn't flinch when it came to performing action scenes wearing a tight dress and a pair of killer heels in new spoof comedy movie Get Smart. "I feel like The Devil Wears Prada was my high heel training for this movie," she laughs. "We were trying to find a look where you could walk down a runway or fight ninjas. That was the challenge." It seems Anne took her comedy action...

2008-07-01 00:13:05

By The Fresno Bee, Calif. Jun. 30--Masi Oka and Nate Torrence play slightly bumbling Control techies in the direct-to-DVD release "Get Smart's Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control." Considering the trouble Control agents have had with equipment, it is not a surprise when the telephone they are using keeps dying. "We need new batteries," says Oka on a third attempt at a telephone interview from San Francisco. Oka and Torrence are on a promotional tour for both the new DVD and the feature film...

2008-06-27 21:02:22

By Jesse B. Gill As a kid, when my friends were all watching "The Simpsons" or "Married With Children" before they went to bed, my sister and I watched "Get Smart" on Nick at Nite. Now, I wasn't exactly recognized as a "cool" kid on the playground (Editor's note: Or in the newsroom, for that matter), and it didn't help when I talked about Maxwell Smart and no one knew who I was talking about. Fast forward to now. We have "Get Smart" reimagined as a summer blockbuster featuring...

2008-06-20 12:00:00

By Michael Sragow, The Baltimore Sun Jun. 20--(C+) Steve Carell has always been a master of implosion. He's at his pungent, original best suggesting currents of thought and feeling roiling right beneath the surface and also running deep, so when he lets them out the effect is cathartic, funny and revelatory all at the same time. Carell smooching Catherine Keener endlessly in The 40-Year-Old Virgin is a contemporary comic milestone, kicky and true. And he was keenly sympathetic as the...

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 09:00:27

By Jeff Vice Deseret News GET SMART -- ** -- Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Alan Arkin; rated PG-13 (violence, vulgarity, profanity, drugs, slurs, brief partial nudity) To really do its source material justice, "Get Smart" needed to get a whole lot smarter. While this mostly comic espionage thriller features a couple of chuckle-worthy elements, it also subscribes to the supposed successful summer-movie formula: It's heavy on big, loud, dumb action. And that's something that the...

2008-06-20 09:00:00

It's no mystery: The casting of Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart pulled together all the dangling threads of the long-awaited Get Smart, Warner Bros.' not-quite-a-remake of the '60s TV spy comedy, which opens today. "I turned the project down several times over the years," said director Peter Segal. "Even though I was a fan of the show, I didn't feel the pieces were coming together, and it was too beloved a series to mess with, unless those pieces were just right. "But one day they come to me...

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...

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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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