Get Smart Again

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Slapstick spy spoof with iconic TV heroes, mild innuendo.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 93 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Even bumbling, accidental goodness defeats evil. Using comedy and satire, the film lists environmental effects of changing weather patterns, pollution.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Clownish heroes are honest, brave, and successful in spite of their incompetence. Buffoonish Nazi-like villains are even more inept.

Violence

Exaggerated cartoon action throughout: silly sword fight, runaway coffin, fire hydrant as weapon, bumping heads, car test crash with robotic man as subject, hanging from a wall, sliding across a roof, brandishing guns as a threat, gunfire, fist fights, villain killed by lightning, a scary dog -- all slapstick, all the time.

Sex

Mild sexual innuendo: sly pat-down and frisking, a transgender joke, reference to a mini-condom. A married couple kisses.

Language

Lots of comic insults: "nitwit," "idiot," "stupid," "liar," "sissy," and more.

Consumerism

Sumitomo Bank, Foot Locker, The Collection.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Get Smart Again is silly action and parody from start to finish. None of the comic destruction is meant to be taken seriously though characters fire guns, fall, bump heads, crash, face farcical danger, and get out of scrapes throughout. The "destroy the world plot" is never portrayed as a true threat, nor are the German-accented villains. Even the few instances in which bad guys appear to take a bullet are played for humor. Still, for very young or sensitive kids the angry dog, lightning strikes, falling rocks, or goofy punches might be too much. There's some brief sexual innuendo and some insulting dialogue "you nitwit," "sissy," etc., but everything had to be up to 1980s television broadcast standards so it's very mild.

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What's the story?

Agent 86, Maxwell Smart (Don Adams), is called out of retirement in a late 1980s effort to resurrect a comic television spy franchise that has long been out of service. Dr. Hottentot, inventor of a weather machine that threatens to destroy the planet with acid rain, pollution, and more, has fallen into the hands of Smart's arch nemesis KAOS, a terrorist organization who now holds the United States hostage. What's more, there's a mole in the ranks of Smart's spy agency! Smart's assignment: locate and infiltrate KAOS, find the traitor, eliminate the man behind the plot, and destroy the weather machine. Smart calls upon his longstanding crew of oddballs and misfits as he sets out to save the world yet again.

Is it any good?

Originally created as a parody of James Bond films, there was still plenty of comic mayhem to be mined when this sequel was made, shown on television, and then released for home viewing.

With all the popular GET SMART sight gags and tropes -- shoe phone, the Cone of Silence, Hover Cover, Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) now Smart's wife, and the "Would you believe?" popular slogans -- the larger-than-life agents bumble their way through a very thin plot to deliver the laughs and lots of slapstick action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between cartoon violence and real violence even in a live-action movie. What are some of the things filmmakers do to let you know it's not meant to be taken seriously?

  • Why do you think we laugh at people who behave foolishly and get in trouble? Do you think it makes us accept our own mistakes and mess-ups, or are we just glad it's not happening to us?

  • This film is a "parody" or "spoof" of spy movies like James Bond and others. What ingredients are necessary to make a good parody or spoof?

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