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7/13/2008 5:22 PM
    I have to admit that this is a first for me.
    Typically when you see a movie in the theatre, it’s usually about three months after it’s finished its run that it finally hits DVD.
    It wasn’t all that long ago that I saw the remake of Get Smart. In fact, I wrote a review about the movie and how much I enjoyed it.
    I also mentioned in that review that there was a direct to DVD spin off coming out soon, one based on two of the minor characters in the movie, Bruce and Lloyd, a couple of techno geeks who worked for Control (portrayed by Heroes Masi Oka, and relative newcomer Nate Torrence).
    The fact of the matter is that I enjoyed Get Smart immensely, and I found that these two supporting characters were a quaint and enjoyable touch.
    Did they deserve their own movie? Maybe yes, maybe no, it depends on your point of view. 
    Do I think they deserved their own spin off movie? Well, I bought the DVD, didn’t I?
    Ok the story is very simple, and as per usual, I won’t give away any spoilers that you couldn’t see by watching trailers on the net or on other DVD’s.
    Bruce and Lloyd are working hard at perfecting a ‘invisible cloak’, one that would render the wearer totally invisible.
    The trials are working out quite well, but they have a little issue with a very limited battery life.
    Now, mind you, the movie parallels Get Smart, so some of the events that take place in the theatrical version are shown or mentioned in this DVD. There is even a brief cameo by Anne Hathaway and Patrick Warburton (although the latter had only a tiny cameo in the Get Smart movie as well).
    The movie had only a few really good laughs, but it was entertaining. I found myself heavily reminded of the various ‘spoof’ movies out there like Scary Movie or the Superhero movie.
    Even more so because Jayma Mays (Epic Movie) was in it and played a total buffoon… so she fit right in.
    Now, the plot was paper thin, and downright silly. It was clearly made for fun, and not as a serious movie. Well, duh, thank you captain obvious. Sorry about that…
    The biggest problem I had with the movie was how short it was! Just over an hour, like 70 minutes or so.
    If you take the time to watch the bonus material like the Control Confessionals, it adds to the length of the movie and they ARE worth watching. Especially with the Korean guy, and you’ll understand what I mean when you see it.
    Well, if you see it that is.
    Speaking of features, there were a total of three special featurettes in the movie, the above mentioned confessionals, the ‘real science’ behind the movie gadgets, and cue the anti follicular device, as well as some trailers.
    The characters, I have to admit, were lovable. Even the bad guy was played up more for laughs than actual menace. Anyone who has ever had trouble talking to girls will not be able to help but sympathize with Lloyd, as he bumbles around in the movie.
    I’d be more inclined to call it a rental though.
    2.5 out of 5
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