Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

"Excellent"

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Review


James Bond is back - NOT! - as one vaguely remembered star of stage and screen might have said.

Instead of Bond, it's super-groovy spy Austin Powers (Myers) making his triumphant return to the silver screen, the British secret agent frozen in the 60's and thawed in the 90's, where/when he returned to active duty. The Spy Who Shagged Me picks up right where the original left off, with Dr. Evil (also Myers) banished to space in his Big Boy statue/spaceship, and Austin settling down with new wife Vanessa (Elizabeth Hurley, in a cameo re-appearance).

Alas, Dr. Evil will not stay in exile for long. He soon returns to earth, where he hatches a plan to travel back to 1969 and "steal Austin's mojo" - mojo that looks a bit like raspberry jam.

It's up to Austin to travel back in time himself to get his mojo back, of course, and it's back in '69 that he meets up with American CIA agent Felicity Shagwell (Graham), goes on a wild car chase or two, faces off with a new villain named Fat Bastard (also Myers), goes toe to toe with a midget clone of Dr. Evil (Troyer), and ends up on the moon to spoil the plan to build a, ahem, "Death Star" set to wipe out Washington, D.C.

Naturally, none of this is taken seriously, and AP2 takes the farce to new heights (and lows). Is The Spy Who Shagged Me as good as the original? Actually, it's better by quite a bit. While the original was fun, it was too much about the one character of Austin and how out of place he was. The follow-up is much better-handled, with plenty of fun characters (I loved Green as Dr. Evil's son, again) and some really shagadelic situations. See, it's catching.

Problems? In a shocker, it turns out that Heather Graham just can't do comedy. And while I won't deny that Heather is extremely hot, she ends up weighing down the movie considerably with her seriousness and deadpan line delivery. Yawn. Also, the Fat Bastard character is quite an exercise in makeup technology, but haven't we gotten past the point of mocking grossly overweight people? And the Scottish thing? Come on, Mike. That one's older than Sprockets.

While AP2 feels a bit like it was written in one night while under the influence of controlled substances, I can't deny that it's really, really funny. The first 20 minutes represent the most I've laughed at a film this year. And I saw Wing Commander, don't forget.

Stay to the end. There are a couple of credits-running scenes you really have to see. Also notable are the two Jerry Springer recreations (with Springer himself). I'll leave you with a fun fact: Did you know that Demi Moore was a producer on this film? Did you know that Demi Moore was a producer at all?

Talk amongst yourselves.

The DVD for this film is spectacular, with about 20 minutes of hilarious deleted footage, commentary by Myers, trailers, music videos, and more!

Pocket full of evil, baby.



Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th June 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $310.9M

Budget: $33M

Distributed by: New Line Cinema

Production compaines: New Line Cinema, Eric's Boy

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%
Fresh: 43 Rotten: 42

IMDB: 6.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: M. Jay Roach

Producer: , , John S. Lyons, ,

Starring: as Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Fat Bastard, as Felicity Shagwell, as Basil Exposition, as Number Two, as Young Number Two, as Scott Evil, as Frau Farbissina, as Mini-Me, as Vanessa Kensington, as Robin Spitz Swallows, Oliver Muirhead as British Colonel, as Klansman, as Klansman's Son - Bobby, as NORAD Colonel

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.