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Get Smart

A dull update on the 1960s spy spoof

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The endless march of vintage television shows freshened up for big-screen outings continues unabated, despite reams of data that suggest such projects are largely unsatisfying. Get Smart was a spy spoof of Cold War vintage that made its bumbling Agent Maxwell Smart a beloved American anecdote to his sleeker British contemporaries. Peter Segal's update aims for homage, which may be one reason the jokes feel 40 years old. Tedium should set in long before this not-very-funny film grazes the two-hour mark: There is a could-care-less micro-plot about KAOS and a nuclear bomb that is mostly notable for making arch-villain (the capable Terence Stamp) boring. Steve Carrell, stepping into Smart's telephonic shoes, never finds his zing, and his comically inept spy just plods. (It's like you can see the strings on the jokes.) The best bits are courtesy of a vet and a relative newcomer: Alan Arkin blusters nicely as The Chief, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson brings some on-screen charisma. Starts Fri., June 20. (AH) 

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