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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Though it's pretty cartoony and silly, ultimately the movie has an underlying message about believing in yourself -- and trying to see the best in others. Agents make fun of one another, and one character betrays others. As part of their jobs, spies have to be somewhat deceitful, but for a good cause. Some jokes at the expense of the overweight.
Positive Role Models
Max is very earnest and dedicated to his job, working hard to achieve his dreams. He also makes a point of calling out that the bad guys are bad because of what they do, not what they are, and tries to see the good in people. Agent 99 is a strong, resourceful female character -- albeit a bit bossy and, initially anyway, dismissive of Max. Most of the supporting characters are pretty broad good vs. evil types, though one aggressive henchman does show a glimmer of humanity.
Violence & Scariness
A fair amount, though it's generally not very scary or serious. Lots of gunfire (minor characters are killed, some abruptly), as well as physical fights, near explosions, and perilous situations (including an extended car/plane chase). Agents and bad guys use lots of technologically advanced weaponry, as well as the old standbys -- handguns and nuclear bombs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some light sexual innuendo/double entendres; an older woman propositions Max after misunderstanding a question; Max and Agent 99 flirt and banter; Smart can't help but stare at 99's behind as she shimmies through a trap; some passionate dancing; discussions about agents sleeping with each other; some kissing. Max's bare butt is briefly exposed when his pants rip.
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Language includes "damn," "goddamn," "bitch," "whore," "frickin'," "s--t," and "a--hole." Most of the stronger words aren't used particularly often, but they're memorable when they come up.
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Products & Purchases
One prolonged shot of a truck with its brand -- GMC Yukon -- clearly visible. Mentions of Joe Montana and Ferrari; Glide dental floss and a Swiss Army knife hide some serious spy gear.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Very minor social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Smart is a bit edgier than the classic TV show -- 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. 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 series (though that might be a draw for some parents). 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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You could quibble about the movie's uneven plot, but don't let that get in the way of a good time. Carrell doesn't so much slip into original Get Smart star Don Adams' shoes (which do make a satisfying appearance) as put a cerebral sheen on them, playing Max (aka Agent 86) as delightfully eager to please and not entirely inept. Not really inept at all, in fact.
The rest of the cast also attacks the admittedly lightweight material with zest. Hathaway gives 99 a little sex appeal -- but she has the brawn to match, too -- and as superstar Agent 23, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson clearly has muscle power, but he's also surprisingly subtle and effective. But it's Alan Arkin, as the chief of CONTROL, who makes a particularly delicious impression, making what's essentially a one-dimensional character into a complicated curmudgeon who still proves he has the goods when the time comes. (Also keep your eyes peeled for plenty of inspired cameos.) With teamwork and some truly impressive gadgetry -- which really is half the point in a movie like this -- the cast manages to elevate the material. In the end, it feels like Get Smart only missed greatness by "this much."
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