AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME
US, 1999, 95 minutes, Colour.
Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Rob Lowe, Seth Green, Mindy Stirling, Verne Troyer, Elizabeth Hurley, Gia Carides.
Directed by Jay Roach.
This is the second in the series of Austin Powers spoofs of spy films, especially the James Bond films – even the riff on the title The Spy Loved Me.
The initial film, Austen Powers, Man of Mystery, introduced Mike Myers as the daffy spy, a man of the 1960s, of the psychedelic, swinging era, who confronted his nemesis, Dr Evil, also played by Mike Myers. The plot revolves around a conquest of space. There are a lot of sex jokes and innuendo.
Powers has been cryogenically preserved and wakes up in the 1990s, discovering that the same problems are present – but several people had grown older, especially Number Two, now, Robert Wagner, but Austin time travels back to the 1960s where Number Two is Rob Lowe. However, Mendy Stirling is just the same, as is Michael York’s Basil, Austin’s controller.
In this film, Austin’s wife, Vanessa, turns out to be a robot – as if Elizabeth Hurley could be a robot. This time he makes contact with Heather Graham and she shares all his adventures.
This is also the film in which Mini-me was introduced, played by the Verne Troyer, a smaller version of Dr Evil. however, Dr Evil’s son, despises his father, continually tries to undermine him.
Also introduced this in this film is Fat Bastard, again played by Mike Myers, a gross out Scotsman who also has sex on his mind and his gross body.
The film veers between the 1960s and its permissive style, Carnaby Street et cetera, and the slightly more sober 1990s.
A number of cameos and movie references.
The film is principally for those who enjoyed the first film – and their enjoyment was added to with Austin Powers in Goldmember, three years later.