“Maxwell Smart is a fool and a bumbler.”
Bumbling secret agent Max Smart (Don Adams) and his beautiful new partner (Andrea Howard) are sent to stop a mad fashion designer (Vittorio Gassman) from blowing up the world’s clothing with “nude bombs”.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
This big-screen adaptation of the cult T.V. series “Get Smart” is a clunker on every count. While Stuart Galbraith IV of DVD Talk notes it’s “fascinating in the same way YouTube dashcam videos of Russian car accidents can sometimes be,” I would argue that only applies to diehard fans of the original show, who may appreciate (?) getting to analyze each element that’s been changed. Meanwhile, the rest of us are forced to sit through an endless array of painfully unfunny gags, such as Smart firing a gun into his own groin:
… Smart chasing bad guys through Universal Studios:
… Smart “out-skiing” a red-clad sexy agent (Sylvia Kristel):
… Smart driving his desk through city streets during a high-speed chase:
… and (unfortunately) much more. The final shoot-out sequence attempts to be clever by incorporating a cloning machine:
… but it’s too little, too late. Consider yourself forewarned.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
Nope; stay far away from this one unless you happen to be morbidly curious.