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The rebirth of the bumbling Mr. Smart must have come as good news to all his fans who have been watching reruns of Get Smart for the last 10 years. But the full-length movie version known as "The Nude Bomb" will disappoint them.
'From a character conceived by Mel Brooks', reads the blurb, and there are various nods to his style of humour throughout this bitty spoof. But the rest relies more on technology than style, and on mediocre effects that can't carry the plot.
I sort of enjoyed it, but it's thoroughly bankrupt filmmaking.
It ain't get "Get Smart", but it's great to see Adams back with the shoephone!
Mildly amusing early on when it sticks to puns and one-liners, but falls apart quickly as it degenerates into a series of dumb comic action sequences. Easier to sit through when I was 8.
This feeble attempt to revive the characters from the popular TV series Get Smart copies the show, but without the sharp humor that made it so popular.
An uneven and poorly plotted film which even fans of the original TV show could well have done without.
Does the title refer to the plot device or the final cut?
The original series ran from '65-'70 and this movie was made in 1980. It's not very good, but better than the remake with Steve Carell in my opinion because it maintains the humor and style of the original. The characters and concepts were created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry so that should give you an idea of the type of humor. Evidently the producers wanted The Nude Bomb title and plot line, but some of the writers from the series had other ideas. The writers weren't allowed on set to prevent them from suggesting changes, but I think if the writers had been trusted more the movie could have been better. It's a PG movie, the nude bomb was hardly worth it. James Bond obviously became popular in the 60's, but there was a lot of spy fiction to spoof. The Pink Panther movies did the same thing with the same sort of pratfalls, non-sequitors, and bad puns. Then there were the Naked Gun movies and Austin Powers continuing to spoof spy adventures. But I was most surprised to realize that the 80's cartoon Inspector Gadget, which I grew up with, is basically a carbon copy of Get Smart from a couple decades before. Don Adams plays the same bumbling detective/agent character with often defective gadgets built into everyday items or on his person. The evil organization, how he completes his missions, a running gag about an agent that can hide in any object, it's all the same. Just do a couple minor cosmetic changes to a few supporting characters and the Get Smart formula got a second life for a few years in the 80's. If you liked the original Get Smart series or the cartoon Inspector Gadget, this probably won't blow you away, but you'll enjoy yourself for an hour and a half.
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