Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA/Germany, 1997.  Capella International, Eric’s Boy, KC Medien, Moving Pictures, New Line Cinema.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Hilarious lines, costumes and characters almost manage to make up for the fact that this movie has way too many boring moments. Spoofing the old James Bond and Harry Palmer spy thrillers (as well as others from the sixties and early seventies, like The Tenth Victim), it stars and is written by Mike Myers as dentist-needing, fashion-challenged superspy Austin Powers.

He has been frozen in time since the 1960s in order to battle his arch nemesis, Dr. Evil (also Myers) in modern day London after the villain has had himself preserved in an effort to take over the world. Now that his 1960s partner Mrs. Kensington (a lovely ) has grown older and retired, Powers teams up with her luscious daughter (the irrepressible ) to fight the bad guy. Myers is absolutely hilarious as both characters (especially Evil: you have to feel sorry for a guy who’s always trying so hard to be hip and just can’t cut it), and though a lot of his takes on Bond characters (like Alotta Fagina) are giggle-inducing, most of the jokes fall flat and tire you out before the film’s over.

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