Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery/The Spy Who Shagged Me/Goldmember
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The most colorful special agent, Austin Powers, will keep you laughing as he thwarts the efforts of the infamous Dr. Evil in this 3-pack of instant classic comedies. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery; Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me; Austin Powers in Goldmember
If you don't think Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) is one of the funniest movies of the 1990s, maybe you should be packed into a cryogenic time chamber and sent back to the decade whence you came. Perhaps it was the 1960s--the shagadelic decade when London hipster Austin Powers scored with gorgeous chicks as a fashion photographer by day, crime-fighting international man of mystery by night. Yeah, baby, yeah! But when Powers's arch nemesis, Dr. Evil, puts himself into a deep-freeze and travels via time machine to the late 1990s, Powers must follow him and foil Evil's nefarious scheme of global domination. Mike Myers plays dual roles as Powers and Dr. Evil, with Elizabeth Hurley as his present-day sidekick and karate-kicking paramour. A hilarious spoof of '60s spy movies, this colorful comedy actually gets funnier with successive viewings, making it a perfect home video for gloomy days and randy nights. Oh, behave!
"I put the grrr in swinger, baby!" a deliciously randy Powers coos near the beginning of The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and if the imagination of Austin creator Mike Myers seems to have sagged a bit, his energy surely hasn't. This friendly, go-for-broke sequel finds our man Austin heading back to the '60s to keep perennial nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers again) from blowing up the world--and, more importantly, to get back his mojo, that man-juice that turns Austin into irresistible catnip for women, especially American spygirl Felicity Shagwell (a pretty but vacant Heather Graham). The plot may be irreverent and illogical, the jokes may be bad, and the scenes may run on too long, but it's all delivered sunnily and with tongue firmly in cheek. Myers teams Dr. Evil with a diminutive clone, Mini-Me (Verne J. Troyer), then pulls a hat trick by playing a third character, the obese and disgusting Scottish assassin Fat Bastard.
Despite symptoms of sequelitis, Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) is must-see lunacy for devoted fans of the shagadelic franchise. Unfortunately, the law of diminishing returns is in full effect: for every big-name cameo and raunchy double-entendre, there's an equal share of redundant shtick, juvenile scatology, and pop-cultural spoofery. All is forgiven when the hilarity level is consistently high, and Mike Myers--returning here as randy Brit spy Austin, his nemesis Dr. Evil, the bloated Scottish henchman Fat Bastard, and new Dutch disco-villain Goldmember--thrives by favoring comedic chaos over coherent plotting. Once they've tossed Austin into the disco fever of 1975 (where he's sent to rescue his father, gamely played by Michael Caine), Myers and director Jay Roach seem vaguely adrift with old and new characters, including Verne Troyer's Mini-Me and pop star Beyoncé Knowles as Pam Grier-ish blaxpo-babe Foxxy Cleopatra. A bit tired, perhaps, but Powers hasn't lost his mojo.
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Myers and director Jay Roach reunite for "The Spy Who Shagged Me", which really pushes the envelope on bathroom humor & racy jokes (especially the former with the introduction of disgusting blob-like Scottish henchman Fat Bastard) as Powers time-travels back to 1969 in pursuit of Evil as he hatches his latest bid for world domination (and gains a "son" in tiny, ill-tempered clone Mini-Me). This one has its share of groaners; but there's enough new elements to offset the bad jokes (particularly when Myers repeats old gags).
"Goldmember" might be the weakest in the series; again, some jokes as the "a MILLION DOLLARS" bit have just been done too many times in which they cease to be funny. But the clever premise--a movie within a movie, with famous actors such as Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, John Travolta, etc., taking on various roles from the series--is really something to see, with a knowing wink or inside joke on the movie industry. But again, there's enough new stuff to recover from bad puns. The great Michael Caine has some cheeky moments as Powers' famous spy Dad. Myers really goes over the top this time as Dr. Evil becomes sort of a caricature of himself, there's the inclusion of a weird 70's disco-era villain (the title character), along with a climax which digresses into sort of a convoluted "family soap opera". But nevertheless, it's all good fun.
Depending on your sense of humor, you'll either think these films are a grab bag of satire, puns & racy jokes, or you'll think they're simply hilarious. I thought the latter, of course! Groovy baby!
Comedic genius along with smoking hot babes in each film? Yes, please uh thank you.
1. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997- the first installment of the series and Austin reanimates after 30 years in cryo freeze to face the modern world. Kind of like us old guys dealing with the new reality! Anyway, great picture and audio quality, bluray review site gives it 3.8/5 for the picture quality and note some minor issues. I did not notice them while watching, but I don't have a 70 inch screen either. Austin Powers is hilarious and this really is a fun movie. I will not review the flick here, but the movie is lots of fun.
2. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blu-ray 1999- The middle installment introduces "Fat Bastard" and "Mini-me" as Austin time travels back to 1969 to get his mojo back. A fun romp and lots of good laughs. A great movie for multi generational laughs.
3. Austin Powers in Goldmember- 2002- Co starring Michael Caine as his Father, Nigel Powers. This installment concerns Austin fighting Dr Evil's intent to again rule the world and also come to terms with his father. As always lots of laughs, juvenile and toilet humor. Great fun and laughs
Conclusion- if you already don't have these this buy is a no brainer at the asking price of $14 bucks for all three. If you are super cheap wait for a special sale, but it really is a bargain for all three of these fun movies which come on three distinct discs, not like the fiasco of double sided double layer DVDs of some years ago. Prints are crispa dn clean and look better than the DVDs of the same titiles. Well, that's why we have high def right?
Highly recommended, but ladies be warned some of the humor is pretty juvenile and toilet centered. God Bless ya!
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