Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

IMDB Rating 7.5/10   94 min - Rated 15       Comedy | Crime

Stars:           Mike Myers,  Elizabeth Hurley,  Michael York   Director:     Jay Roach

It’s swinging 1967. The vicious, tough childish, Dr Evil (Myers), who has failed to kill his arch-enemy, British secret agent Austin Powers (Myers) – he of the Union-Jack underpants, albeit dentally challenged – resolves to escape by mans of cryogenic freezing capsule, and come back later. Power bravely offers to be frozen too, ready to destroy Mr Evil when he returns. It’s now 1997. Dr Evil thaws out, steals a nuclear weapon and holds the world to ransom. Austin Powers, however, is ready for him - - debonair, defiant and defrosted – together with his new assistant, Vanessa Kensington (Hurley), whose job is to re-acclimatise Powers to the no-fun nineties. Dr Evil discovers that the nineties are more about dysfunctional family therapy than world domination and escapes to his cryogenic capsule.  For Austin ‘Groovy, baby!’ Powers, secret-agenting is his vocation. He would, indeed, like to do much more of it, if only there was more time between shags. Nevertheless, wherever possible, he offers his country the highest standards: ‘Personally, before I’m on the job, I like to give my undercarriage a bit of ‘how’s your father’.’ On being thawed out, he immediately rushes to see ‘if all my bits and pieces are still working.’ Austin ‘Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?’ Powers is not just a homage to 007 and a sixties send-up , it’s full of little-boy, lavatory humour that has even been known to make girls laugh – on a good-hair day. In addition Myers’ Austin ‘It’s my bag, baby!’ Powers provides all the joys of appalling velvet fashion statements, matted hairy chests and Union-Jack-painted Minis. No joke has done its job until it’s been thrashed into the ground and then stomped on – ‘Shagadelic, baby!’ The British love to send themselves up to the point of pain – and Myers loves to help.