Flashback Friday-60’s TV Transformed To Film-Get Smart (2008) & The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

Nostalgia. The good old days. Times gone by.

Hollywood has been banking on this idea since it’s inception.

Audiences are used to remakes and reboots. The question is, is the remake/reboot worthy of the original product and does it give justice to the memories of the fans of the original production?

This is the question I am going to answer tonight.

The first film I am going to examine in this post is Get Smart (2008). Based on the television show that aired from 1965-1970, Maxwell Smart (Steve Carrell) is a spy. While he is a genius in one area, his social skills leave something to be desired. Joining him is Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), who may be the actual brains of the outfit. Their task, should they choose to accept it: prevent an attack from a Russian spy agency.

I wasn’t around during the show’s original run, but from what I can tell, the screen play sticks pretty close to the universe that is Get Smart. The cast was well-chosen, especially Carrell and Hathaway as Maxwell and Agent 99.

The second film I will examine is The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). Originally airing from 1962-1971, the lead character is Jedd Clampett (Ernest Varney) a redneck who strikes it rich when he finds an oil patch that adds quite nicely to his bank account. Deciding to put his new-found fortune to good use, Jedd, his daughter Elly May (Erika Eleniak), his nephew Jethro Bodine (Diedrich Bader) and his mother known as Granny (Cloris Leachman) decide to pull up stakes and move to Beverly Hills.

But with their new-found fortune, Jedd and Co are swimming in a shark tank who know easy prey when they see it. Can the Clamplett clan survive California or will they return to Arkansas empty-handed?

The plus of this movie is that movie keeps the campiness and the kookiness of the original series. The minus of this movie is that it is almost too cookie cutter, as the screen play was stitched together from individual episodes.

Do I recommend them? Get Smart, yes. Beverly Hillbillies, n0.

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