Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Movie Review
When I finally saw Austin Powers through one of those rip-off $10.95 deals they have at hotels, I was expecting a stupid, waste of money. Instead, I got a new movie to add to my collection of favorites, and now Mike Myer's has unleashed Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me. This time around, Elizabeth Hurley is no more and the movie is even more packed with jokes, but instead of 1960's in the 1990's time period, its the other way around.
The main downside is that Austin Powers is no longer out of place. First, he magically seems to have adjusted to the 1990's, and the 1990's to him, and then he returns to the 1960's where everybody adores him. His being out of place was the whole point of the first movie and in the sequel, that point has vanished. Also lost is the magic of Austin Powers himself. While his lines are still funny, they aren't as funny.
People, namely parents, complained about the the original's vulgarity, obscenity, and utter stupidity of Austin Powers. The Spy Who Shagged Me leaves the original in the dust in terms of sick and sexist jokes. There are unbelievably disgusting jokes in here, trying to cash off the There's Something About Mary crowd, and there are even more sex jokes in this one than in the first one. The worst seem to come in the scenes with Fat Bastard (also placed by Mike Myers), who's grossness is funny to a point but then just becomes vulgar. And another one of the grossest scenes, but also one of the funniest, was the coffee scene. That one will be talked about for a while.
This time, Austin Powers is accompanied by Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), a beautiful CIA agent from the 1960's. Bearing extremely short skirts and sexy outfits, she is the perfect match for Austin. Maybe a little too perfect. While she's good eye candy, Felicity is even more shallow than Austin, which does not create the same effect that Vanessa (Elizabeth Hurley) did in the original. Up until the end, Vanessa was repulsed by Austin, a good contrast, but in The Spy Who Shagged Me, Felicity is falling all over Austin. Her character was hardly worth it.
But the real comedy comes from the idiot Dr. Evil (yet again Myers), his son Scott Evil (Seth Green), and Dr. Evil's tiny clone, Mini-Me (Verne Troyer). Dr. Evil and Scott make an appearance on Jerry Springer and have another go at the "Shush" scene, this time using "Zip it." Dr. Evil loves Mini-Me much more than Scott because Mini-Me is more evil, and they make a perfect pair, especially when dancing to modern day songs (which Dr. Evil says he wrote). More comedy ensues when Dr. Evil threatens the U.S. Government and demands $100 billion dollars, an unheard of amount of money at that time; Evil uses footage from Independence Day to scare them and makes several references to 1990's entertainment that the Government has no idea what he's talking about.
It's hard to compare the original and The Spy Who Shagged Me. The original is a classic and is made better, but The Spy Who Shagged Me is much funnier. It might not be as good of a movie, but it is really close. The Spy Who Shagged Me might be a little repulsive for some viewers but anyone who has ever loved the original will get a kick out of this one.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.