This weekend we see two more films opening at the box office. One is a silly remake of a classic 60's era television show and one is destined to piss off Hindu's, little people and folks that hate Mike Meyers.
Here are the synopsis and trailers for each film. Clicking on the poster will take you to the film's official website.
Get Smart (PG-13)
Maxwell Smart is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS' master plan - and each other - they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried and his sidekick Shtarker are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart - armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm - must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day.
Judge's Decision: The film has been in development since 1998 and at the time, Jim Carrey was attached to play Maxwell Smart. Thank god that didn't pan out. If there is one person in the world that can pull off the kind of humor that made Don Adams a comedic success, its Steve Carrell. I think this one will do very well at the box office. It all depends on how well it was put together. Although I wish they would have included Mel Brooks and Buck Henry (the creators of the original show) at least somewhere in the credits. Without them, it feels like just another fantastic Hollywood big budget remake. My guess is that Smart will win the weekend with about a $40 million take.
The Love Guru (PG-13)
Pitka is an American who was left at the gates of an ashram in India as a child and raised by gurus. He moves back to the US to seek fame and fortune in the world of self-help and spirituality. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle a rift between Toronto Maple Leafs star hockey player Darren Roanoke and his estranged wife. After the split, Roanoke's wife starts dating LA Kings star Jacques Grande out of revenge, sending her husband into a major professional skid — to the horror of the teams' owner Jane Bullard and Coach Cherkov. Pitka must return the couple to marital nirvana and get Roanoke back on his game so the team can break the 40-year-old "Bullard Curse" and win the Stanley Cup.
Judge's Decision: His karma may be huge, but his comedy is as stale as last weeks naan. This film is profoundly, fantastically god-awful. New adjectives need to be created just to describe just how unbelievably putrid this film looks. Take a professional sport with a poor following and throw in yet-another half-baked character by Meyers and you have the formula for your typical Hollywood comedy. My opinion is that I will wait for this one to be on pay-per-view and even then, its a coin toss if I'll see it. My prediction is that this one will come in second in the box office race and probably clear $25 million at best, then will tumble from the top ten like a boulder of shit rolling down a mountain. May Mike Meyers be bitch-slapped by every arm of Vishnu for even thinking that this would be a funny film.