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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999

Dr. Evil is back...and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 60's and steal Austin Powers's mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless...

Release Date:
June 11, 1999
95 min
Jay Roach
Mike Myers, Willie Nelson, Will Ferrell, ...
Comedy, Crime, Action, ...
English, German

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Solar rating: 8.5


Imdb rating: 6.6

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in my opinion this one is the best in the series

Comedian Mike Myers is back in this sequel to his box-office success Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. The central difference between the two films is that in this movie, Austin is more in his element...he is not a relic of the 1960s trying to cope with the modern world, but a man who has returned to his milieu and is having a blast. The reason for Austin's return to the 60s involves a ludicrous plot in which a character named Fat Bastard (also played by Myers) steals Austin's "mojo" and returns it in a time machine to the that Austin can never defeat Dr. Evil, or something like that. All of this is, of course, only an excuse to change the setting of the first film, but what Myers has forgotten is that many of the laughs in the first Austin Powers film came from the fact that Powers was out-of-touch with modern expectations. While the first film was not a particularly successful comedy, it at least contained moments of sophisticated satire, and other moments of hilarious bathroom humour. This sequel has little to offer, except for a lowbrow sequence involving words that substitute for a part of the male anatomy...a sequence that had me laughing from start to finish. Dr. Evil has always been the best thing about the Austin Powers series, yet Myers makes the same mistake with that character as he does with Austin...he's forgotten that what made Evil so funny in the first film was how outdated his villainous ideas were. The newest character, Fat Bastard, is simply not funny, and the jokes involving him are often disgusting and off-putting. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is certainly not without its humourous moments, but it is so wildly uneven that those moments are lost in a sea of missed opportunities and jokes that fall flat.

By the time this review came around, I was employed as a critic and finally taking my writing seriously. This time around, it really shows!


I've got to admit it. When I was first introduced to Austin Powers three years ago, I wasn't exactly crazy about the guy. To me, the movie was a one-joke flick that drove it's one joke into the ground. It was just a fish out of water movie that I didn't enjoy very much.

On the other hand, I found Austin's nemesis, Doctor Evil, to be a lot more entertaining than Austin Powers ever had a chance to be and, in the three years I first saw Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, it's become the highlight of my DVD collection thanks to the evil crome dome with a pinkie fetish.

I liked Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. This movie makes up for the last one in the most important and crucial element.... more Doctor Evil! Austin's still the same old boring sod of a guy running around making the movie slow down every time he shows his mug on the screen, but the Doctor Evil scenes are all hilarious and keep the movie interesting.

It goes like this: Doctor Evil has invented a time machine and travels back to the sixties to steal Austin's mojo while he's frozen. The now mojo-less Powers has to stop him from blowing up Washington DC with a (makes quotation marks with fingers) laser on the moon.

A new player in the Austin Powers cast is a clone of Dr. Evil named, "Mini Me". As Scott Evil says, he's a vicious Chihuahua who Dr. Evil treats like a spoiled pet. He's mean, he's nasty, and he can fit into most overhead compartments. The guy is hilarious! In these politically correct days, we can't make fun of fat people or midgets because if we did, the sky would fall and the stock market would crash. Thankfully, Hollywood's bucking this trend and we're all cleared to laugh at other's misfortunes once more.

Another new character is the vile "Fat Bastard" played by Mike Myers who also plays Austin (snore) and Dr. Evil. This guy's gross but funny, though I could have really gone without his quasi-nude scene with Heather Gramm.
That's right, Heather Gramm's in this movie too playing a grown-up version of Boogie Night's Roller Girl. She's hot, she's horny.... she's useless!!! I mean, other than being the love interest, she serves no purpose whatsoever besides being nap-inducing Austin Power's shageriffic sweetie.

Pushed to the side is one of my favs from the first movie, Scott Evil. I liked the idea of Dr. Evil having an angst ridden slacker son and Seth Green was perfect for the role. In the sequel, he plays a mostly second fiPle role to Mini Me though he does appear in a hilarious bit involving the Jerry Springer Show.
Frau Farbissina is back as well and she's funnier than ever even though her character is really nothing more than a copy of Frau Bl
The opening sequence of the film is brilliant when it's explained that Vanessa, Austin's new wife, was a fembot all along. The addition of Mini-Me was hilarious. I still remember the trailer for this one when it opened around The Phantom Menace since it parodied Star Wars. The scenes with Dr. Evil on the Jerry Springer show are so funny---" I got your hood!" This film also has hilarious lines, e.g. "Well which is it, Spitz or Swallows?" and the following altercation where the lady in question will not die after several attempts on her life including Austin using her as a shield.
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Cool idea, cool feel, cool theme song. Didn't quite pull it off. Get's a bit lazy in the script, direction and acting at times. The unsteadiness and roll-your-eyes try hard philosophy moments get annoying, and make it hard to really get into the film completely. More annoying because it could have been really excellent, the idea is full of possibilities, but just wasn't to be. :(
- "shaguar", "margerine of Evil", "why make trillions when we can make... billions!", Zipit speech, "your fez is familiar".

- Hardly original rephrasing of the first Austin Powers movie.

(JAY ROACH, 1999)
This sequel works because it uses the same successful formula.
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