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John C. McGinley
He's found his mojo, baby, and now Austin Powers is back again in this shagadelic comedy-adventure! The "sshhh!" hits the fan when Dr. Evil and Mini-Me escape from prison. Joining forces with the superfreaky Goldmember, they kidnap Austin's father, master spy Nigel Powers, in a dastardly time-travel scheme to take over the world. Before you can say "Shake Your Booty," Austin cruises to 1975 and teams up with sexy Foxxy Cleopatra to stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem. Written by
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The first Austin Powers film was so fresh, zany, charming, witty and
It took some time for many people to catch on (hence it's legendary
video rental record), but it was dazzlingly, mesmerizingly adorable.
The sequel came out and rather tarnished the prior film by either
dumping or revising various story elements and especially by taking a
turn towards the crude and vulgar. Still, it had it's share of
interesting moments and laughs. In this third installment, the goodwill
is almost completely gone. What remains is a hopelessly indulgent,
often foul and unfunny conglomeration of "jokes" and gags, many based
on bodily functions or other off-key subjects. That is not to say that
the film doesn't still deliver quite a few laughs. It's just that by
now, the whole enterprise seems very worn and familiar. There are
several truly funny sequences in the film, but mostly it is saved only
by some surprising and "right on" star cameos and the fresh appeal of
Knowles. The (typically) ludicrous plot kicks off with Powers having to
rescue his father (Caine) from the title character by travelling (too
briefly) to 1975. Then the whole parade of series characters is
involved in either starting or stopping the world's total destruction.
Myers is undeniably brilliant at creating various characters and giving
them each a voice of his own. He succeeds in creating these people who
seem real unto themselves. Unfortunately, he also is bent on catering
to what has to be a 13-year-old boy target audience with endless,
endless potty jokes and gross out gags. Some of them are very amusing.
Some of them are just gross. After a short while it becomes overkill.
Knowles (who is certainly no "actress") comes across as very attractive
and surprisingly charismatic on film. Her character is mostly
decorative, but she serves the purpose very, VERY well. Her
take-no-prisoners attitude is refreshing, even if she is continuously
shown being kicked in the face. By now, Myers is so much the whole show
that previous supporting cast members (Sterling, Green, Wagner, York)
can barely get a word in. Who knows how much of their stuff was cut in
the hour-plus of leftover material, but certainly plenty of Myers was
left in. It's hard to imagine the lengthier cut because this one seems
interminable, even with the bright spots. The opening sequence is
brilliant. The character named Dixie......hilarious full name. Other
creative and funny bits occur throughout, but the film can not escape
it's pall of crudeness and alienating self-indulgence.
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