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THE NUDE BOMB (1980)

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THE NUDE BOMB (1980)

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The Buzz:

     Would you believe…it’s up to Agent Maxwell Smart to keep the world clothed? KAOS, an evil crime syndicate, has created a new type of weapon that will destroy all of the worlds clothing and Smart is the only one “up” for the challenge.


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"Smart seems immune to Ben's normal charms…"


Life of the Party:

     I cannot tell you how much I friggin loved  Get Smart growing up. It was probably one of the biggest comedy influences of my youth.  The show was clever, with plenty of slapstick, and just enough action to keep things interesting. With Don Adams as Agent Smart, and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 (Smart’s love interest throughout the show), the show was a hit for five seasons in the sixties. And, honestly, who is surprised that something created by Mel Brooks went on to be successful?

     The Nude Bomb attempts to take this commercial success and revitalize it in the 80’s.  Don Adams is back, but most of his supporting cast is not.  And though that hinders the movie somewhat (more on that down the road…), the spirit of the show remains intact.

     The whole plot revolves around KAOS villain Norman Saint Sauvage (Vittorio Gassman) creating and using a type of weapon that can destroy clothing around the detonation point.  This is the type of truly insane plot that Get Smart relied upon and succeeded with.  Imagine a less sexually appealing, and more buffoonish (maybe not THAT much more buffoonish) Agent Sterling Archer.... and Voila, you have Agent Maxwell Smart.

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" Is Barbara feldon available to play Archers mom in the live action movie? No? I should stop calling her…. Should."


     Smart, along with his party of loyal support characters, search out and eliminate the threat of the nude bombs all while maintaining a healthy level of comedy and action. To this day, even after all of the crazy movies I have seen, I have not seen another movie with a car chase involving an office desk going 80 mph, equipped with autocannons and machine guns. That’s some Twisted Metal shit right there.  This movie is able to do all that while also keeping a high dose of falling-the-fuck-down and sexual innuendo.

 

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"More like, in YOUR end…o…Seriously I had something for that
"

Potential Hangovers:

     As much as I loved the show, I fear that it is exactly that love that is this movie’s biggest detractor.  The movie succeeds in bringing back a lot of the nostalgia from my childhood with Get Smart , but really makes me sad that it missed so much of its essence. It's like watching The Expendables you love seeing the stars, and you are reminded why you love them, but at the same time the movie itself misses what truly made you love them in the first place. The interplay between characters is what really made the show a success, and without 75% of the core group, Adams has to carry the movie by himself.  He tries valiantly, but the ultimately falls short. The Nude Bomb  really misses out by not having Barbara Feldon or Don Rickles present.


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"It’s rare that someone says an event would be better WITH Don Rickles."


     If you loved the show earlier on in life, the movie adaptation will give you warm fuzzies and really make you want to watch the show again.  However, if you have no previous relationship with Maxwell Smart, this movie will feel like a knock off of The Naked Gun. 

The Vibe: Solo-Experience, Casual Gathering, Lazy Afternoon:

     All in all, I really like this movie, but I honestly think it is because I loved it so much as a kid. That being said, there is some good comedy in here that can be enjoyed with a casual group and a few drinks. It would also fill up a few hours in a lazy afternoon too, so go ahead, get your Smart on.


Plus/Minus:

+ Classic Get Smart Slapstick
+one of the most ridiculous car chase scenes in a movie
+ also the best/worst clone fighting scene ever
- a shell of its TV glory
-just not enough to stand on its own without some nostalgia helping

The DRINKING GAME:

~take a shot every time Smart falls down unnecessarily

~take a shot every time Smart says one of his catch Phrases.

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