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August 27, 2015  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

IFC, 7:30 p.m. ET

 
This 2008 comedy is inspired by, though not nearly as funny as, the Mel Brooks-Buck Henry spy-spoof TV series from the Sixties. Steve Carell imbues bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart with more warmth and vulnerability than Don Adams’ cluelessly confident spy conveyed in the original – and I’m not certain that was the right choice, though Carell has some strong comic scenes here. Much closer to the mark is Anne Hathaway, successfully capturing the spirit of Barbara Feldon while making her own Agent 99 a more liberated and confident woman. And best of all, in a small role, is Patrick Warburton as Hymie the Robot. I’m just saying…
 
 
 
 
 
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Patrick
I saw this movie on HBO, toward the end of its pay-cable window sometime in 2010. To say it was not nearly as funny as the series is being too kind. It wasn't funny at all. In fact, it was pathetic. As the late Gene Siskel would say about a movie he hated, it was "two hours of my life I'll never get back". Thankfully, a planned sequel will probably never happen.
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