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Get Smart

action & adventure, comedy

In the world of covert intelligence, only one man is Smart. Steve Carell is in CONTROL as Maxwell Smart, the novice agent often out of his depths but never out of options in this action comedy...

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
Positive role models
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3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
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Positive messages
2 out of 5

Silly and fun, but edgier than the classic TV series.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids are more likely to want to see this broad spy comedy because of stars Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson than because it's based on the classic TV show (though that might be a draw for some parents). The movie version is a bit edgier than the series -- it's got some swearing (including "bitch" and a couple of "s--t"s) and a good bit of action -- but it's by no means for adults only. The physical humor will definitely appeal to kids, though because of the frequent use of guns and other weapons by both the good and bad guys -- sometimes with relish -- the movie is most appropriate for older tweens and up. Expect a few cheap-shot jokes made at the expense of the overweight and some political barbs, though the latter will likely go over the head of younger viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why so many TV shows get made into movies. What do you think the appeal is for filmmakers? For studios? Does nostalgia translate into big audiences (and big profits)? Why do some succeed and others fail?
  • What shows would you like to see turned into movies? Why?
  • Why does Max want to be an agent so badly? What motivates him? What about his idea that our enemies are real people, too? Can you think of any other movie spies who have that perspective?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: By movie's end, we can imagine spending some more time with Agents 86 and 99, and liking it.

- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Friday, June 20, 2008

Rotten: If you really want to get smart, you'll avoid this tiresome time-waster like the proverbial plague.

- Neil Smith, Film4, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Surprisingly good for a remake of a tv show. Carrel, hathaway and Johnson all put on a good show. Well worth your time.

- jmanard52, Saturday, December 27, 2008

3 stars

I don't remember seeing the original series so I can't compare it to that but I thought it was OK, harmless and inoffensive and funny in places, nothing special but not bad. I think had it not have had Steve Carell it may have been much worse.

- SirPant, Tuesday, November 2, 2010

3 stars

About as good as the orinigal series, which just wasn't that good.

- stuartb1234, Thursday, August 12, 2010