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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  11 June 1999 (USA)
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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".

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Dr. Evil uses a device he calls a "Time Machine" to travel back to 1969 and remove Austin Powers' mojo. The sexually wounded swinger must travel back in time and, with the help of agent Felicity Shagwell, recover his vitality. Meanwhile, Dr. Evil's personal life runs amok as he discovers love, continues to shun his son and develops a close relationship with himself. Well, actually, a clone 1/8 his size whom he dubs "Mini-Me". The always time-baffled Dr. Evil begins his plan to put a gigantic cannon on the moon, thus turning it into a device called either "The Death Star" or "Alan Parson's Project," depending on which name is available. Written by &view=simple&sort=alpha" >Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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$54,917,604 (USA) (11 June 1999)

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£25,635,589 (UK) (1 October 1999)
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When Austin is trying to "flush" Mini-me from his pants on the moon base, he is reading a newspaper. The name of the paper indicates it is from London, however the back of the last page clearly shows a USA weather map. See more »

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Narrator: Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery, was frozen in 1967 and defrosted in the Nineties to battle his nemesis, Dr. Evil. After foiling his archenemy's plan to send a nuclear warhead to the center of the earth, Austin banished Dr. Evil to the cold recesses of space and settled down with his new wife, Vanessa, to live happily ever after. Or so he thought...
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There are extra scenes in the movie in the credits: 1. It shows Scott Evil meeting his real mom on Jerry Springer who turns out to be Frau (?). She explains that the test tube baby story of his birth was a lie and he is really the love child of her and Dr. Evil 2. It shows another scene of '1 Month Later' You hear Felicity Shagwell screaming from having sex when Austin walks in on her and another man. It is reveled that the other man is Austin from the past! Past Austin explains its technically not really cheating. 3. At the very end of the movie after all the credits are done it shows a scene with Mustaffa (his voice) in the scene where he fell off into a canyon. He begs for someone to call an ambulance and unsuccessfully tries to stand up on a splint he made. See more »

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Overstays its welcome and cannot shed the minor majesty of the first in its attempt to go bigger and better.
24 September 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

Why might a spoof require a sequel? Spoofs are, by their very definition, subversive and deliberately comic in their attitudes towards popular generic convention. A characteristic of popular generic convention includes that of "the sequel"; that of "the franchise"; that of "the series" – when a spoof is produced, and it's as amusing as the first "Austin Powers" film was, it cannot be anything but both thoroughly shameful and wholly hypocritical to induce the continued adventures of its hero. Is it not wholly detrimental to the original notion and a complete anomaly? Was there a joke or a sight gag that was missed the first time round that the audience really ought to have seen? The answer is "No" - at least it is to the last of those three questions. For everything else, the response ought to come in the form of a mumbled agreement that Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a bit of a waste of time and just not particularly funny.

The 'spoof' in question in Austin Powers was that of the Bond franchise; something which was playfully mocked without ever really being thoroughly undermined anyway nastily. But hold on, for in spite of the evident references to Oddjob and the master villain stroking his white cat, what was it about the film that so evidently made it a Bond spoof? If it was at all, it was subtle; the references were dropped in around amusing scenes depicting Powers try to win at blackjack with a "5". The pastiche is here a hundred times more aggressive and, as a consequence, a hundred times less funny. True, one cannot help but chuckle at the opening ballad being belted out in the mould of a Shirley Bassey theme tune but a mere few of the references here go an awfully long way. You need not be anybody in particular to notice that "International Man of Mystery" was never intended to have a sequel. For our troubles of sitting through some of the less-bearable sequences in said 1997 feature, we get what is essentially a lazier; cruder and more infantile film than before which makes the golden error of thinking that because it's a comedy playing on something popular, and by definition things that are most popular in contemporary cinema are often crass and infantile, it thinks it has to provide us with a film that is as puerile and often as disgusting as The Spy Who Shagged Me is.

Shamelessly defiling everything that made the first one the solid experience it was, we begin on the honeymoon of the titular Austin Powers (Myers) and his bride Vanessa Kensington and witness the film throw us a vicious curveball in revealing Hurley's character to have been a robotic imposter all along. I think we'd invested a certain amount of energy and time in these people, we witnessed them begin their relationship on contemptible grounds, as varied attitudes towards sex from different eras clashed, before seeing them come to quite like one another after a series of instances wherein Powers turns down the offer for sex from a drunk Kensington and they end up saving the world together.

In spite of all that, how does Powers react to the revelation? Why, to celebrate. Myers' other creation, the hunched Dr. Evil whose appearance was always designed to call to mind the best of the Blofeld depictions in Donald Pleasance's is back. Where freezing oneself in time so as to be thawed in the future and wreak havoc in the era was the idea before, the notion of time travel is here ill-advisedly introduced into proceedings - one is reminded of that line from Michael Hanke's "Funny Games" when, upon observing a character in possession of a shotgun ideally used to quell the reign of terror being inflicted upon him, the primeval component of that film's antagonistic force merely grins and utters words along the lines of: "Oh, you've brought us a new toy..." What unfolds is essentially a reversing of the joke that was the whole point of "International Man of Mystery" in the first place; that is to say, removing people from the 1960's and placing them in the 90's for shock and amusement. The gag, of course, revolved around how sensible and chaste we all were in the modern world where, before, we couldn't keep out of one another's beds. The reality is actually the other way around, but the idea of this swinging 60's rouge from London being catapulted to modern Las Vegas worked to a basic degree. Here, Evil and Powers dart back to the 60's again; Evil to steal Powers' inherent sexual prowess while he's still frozen (prior to events from the first film) and Powers to ultimately stop him. Of course, the film realises how shallow all this is and by the end opts for a sub-narrative revolving around a giant laser Dr. Evil is to shoot from space to see it home.

Where one was perhaps tempted to genuinely think Hurley's character might work for the government in the first film, and her resistance to Powers' initial advances saw her informed enough to batter each of them away, the female accomplice here is the opposite. Practically begging for sex from the off, Heather Graham's American agent Felicity Shagwell fulfils the role of what is essentially eye-candy to Hurley's (dare we say it?) actual characterisation. The dynamic of their relationship reads: where before, Kensington wouldn't take what Powers wanted to give he is now stuck not being able to receive what Shagwell is crying out to provide. For that to be your central joke, on top of everything else that's wrong with it, means that this is a messy entry indeed.


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