New movies this week
The gist: A modern take on the old '60s show, which is an interesting choice for a big-screen remake, seeing as how the target audience wasn't even born when the series was on TV. PG-13
Starring: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terrence Stamp, Terry Crews, David Koechner and James Caan.
The buzz: A comedy that's funny? What will they think of next? "Get Smart is as giddily carefree about plot, and intent upon laughter, as the TV show," the St. Pete Times says. "Not all the jokes click, but enough do." But will the yoots get all the shoe phone and Sunbeam references? And not everyone's so charitable: "In this distressingly generic spy spoof, it's not Maxwell who's clueless, but the filmmakers," Newsweek bemoans. Missed it by that much.
The Love Guru
The gist: Another Mike Myers vehicle in which he adopts an accent and acts like an ass. That's enough for Hindus and Indo-Americans to get torqued, despite having seen only the trailers. PG-13
Starring: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Ben Kingsley, Meagan Good, John Oliver, Verne Troyer and Romany Malco.
The buzz: Oh, who are we kidding? This is gonna be awful. "Myers has made some funny movies, but this film could have been written on toilet walls by callow adolescents," the Chicago Sun-Times' Roger Ebert complains.
The Foot Fist Way
The gist: A Sundance darling about a tae kwon do instructor who talks tough but falls apart when his wife strays. This is what the kids would probably see instead of Get Smart, except they haven't been bombarded by marketing for it like the other Hollywood productions. R
Starring: Danny R. McBride, Ben Best and Jody Hill.
The buzz: You'll get your, ahem, kicks with this one. "This hilarious, high-kicking nonsense cost two cents and looks it — hell, it was shot in 19 days, but you'll laugh helplessly anyway," Rolling Stone raves.
The gist: A quirky flick about two guys in dead-end jobs vying for the same position to prove to their wives they're worth the trouble. R
Starring: John C. Reilly, Sean William Scott, Jenna Fischer, Lili Taylor, Fred Armisen, Gil Bellows, Bobby Cannavale and Rick Gonzalez.
The buzz: An off-kilter approach about two Everymen we all know — or are. It's an indie, so don't expect big Hollywood overtures. "A good, occasionally insightful workplace comedy," is the best the Boston Globe can manage about it.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org