Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Director: Jay Roach

Writers: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers

Composer: George S. Clinton

Starring: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Rob Lowe, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer, Elizabeth Hurley, Gia Carides, Oliver Muirhead, David Koechner, Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello, Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Charles Napier, Kristen Johnston, Willi Nelson, Tim Robbins, Rebecca Romijn, Jerry Springer, Fred Willard

More info: IMDb

Tagline: First, he fought for the Crown. Now he's fighting for the Family Jewels.

Plot: 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".

My rating: 8.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yes.

I love how this picks up right where the first one ended and the twist thrown into the mix which leads into Austin's (Myer) revelation that he's single again.  Then we get the credits dance with the Quincy Jones (Myer) tune, Soul Bossa Nova.  Oh, and the great 60s Bond-esque song that opens the film.  Great stuff.  I dig the direction that Dr. Evil and his son go with the introduction of Mini Me (Troyer).  Fat Bastard (Myers) is a character that's grown on me.  I didn't dig him much at first but now that I'm seeing it again after a decade, he's alright and pretty funny.  Will Ferrell still does not make me laugh.  Bringing on Rob Lowe to play the young Number Two was a stroke of genius.  Heather Graham is hilarious.  The tent shadow scene has me in stitches still. Damn, that's some funny shit.  I really like this one more than the first picture.  Now that we know and love the characters and universe, Myers and pals really stepped up the funny and took this to bigger and better heights.  Sadly, the third film doesn't measure up but that's another story.

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