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Parents' Guide to

Get Smart

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

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

Movie PG-13 2008 100 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 32 parent reviews

age 18+

Lots of sexual content

This movie has lots of hilarious parts BUT it's not worth it for how much sexual content there is. Lots of cleavage and bare legs and women moving in very sexual ways, lots of sexual references that are NOT subtle at all. I would not reccomend this movie if you care at all about what you feed your mind.
age 10+

Hilarious albeit sweary action comedy

Hilarious buddy-cop action movie packed with star power. Steve Carrell is hilarious and a great funny man to Anne Hathaway's straight-faced kickass heroine. More bad language than I'd like but very little sexy stuff (the most risque parts are Hathaway's Entrapment-esque laser dance, and Steve Carrell in a compromising position trying to lift a heavy-set man off a table). No real blood or gore, no horrible violent deaths, a lot of bad guys do get shot though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (32 ):
Kids say (106 ):

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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