Film Watch – 288. Get Smart


Fast Facts

Title: Get Smart
Director: Peter Segal
Year: 2008
Run time: 1hr 50m

Background Info

I’d never heard of this, didn’t know about the original TV show until I was reading some trivia afterwards, and just managed to stumble across it in iTunes somehow. It seemed like a Johnny English style movie, but with Steve Carell who I am gradually becoming obsessed with. So, we took some festive time out to watch this non-festive movie.

Live Blog

0:49 – Ye olde iPod.
5:04 – This is a bit like the beginning to the Other Guys. Nerds versus cool field agents.
8:03 – “Yes, they are bad guys but that is what they do, not who they are.”
11:57 – So, there is something to be said for only being adequate at your job!
16:53 – That’s… Bill Murray in a tree.
22:07 – Flame thrower in a Swiss Army Knife is incredible. How has that not happened yet?
28:23 – No chute, and his hands are still tied. This is not good!
29:45 – “Where could you possibly be goooooing?”
34:03 – Dude just stapled someone’s head!
40:20 – A good host always introduces himself, that helps!
46:34 – James Bond reference.
50:17 – I like that he’s not completely useless, it’s more circumstance than anything.
54:17 – “The way I held that guy’s hair while you punched him in the throat, that was nice.”
56:01 – Kremlin gameface.
1:06:22 – “Big people feel pain too.”
1:15:40 – Is that a terribly British bad guy again?
1:19:28 – I can’t quite believe they would leave him with a radio, but still.
1:25:40 – Can’t quite work out if that was a compliment, but he’ll take it.
1:33:19 – Are these plane banners a thing? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one.
1:36:58 – It’s all gone a bit BTTF3. I expect her to say golly any second now.
1:39:13 – It never seems like a good idea to wear white if you are a spy.


I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t a bumbling buffoon of a spy film, but that Carell was actually meant to be a half-decent and intelligent spy. Things just kept going wrong for him, although, of course, it all worked out in the end. I suspect there were a lot of references to the original TV series that went over my head here, but even so, I quite enjoyed it.

Rating: 3/5

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