Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery movie review - Aussieboyreviews
WILL JAMES BOND FANS LIKE THE PARODY OF JAMES BOND IN AUSTIN POWERS?
If you’ve seen the James Bond movies, you’ll understand the themes of Austin Powers. But if you also love spoof movies, this hilarious comedy is just for you.
When the brilliant Austin Powers, a world-class playboy and part-time secret agent from the 1960s, isdefrosted after thirty years, he must battle with his nemesis, Dr. Evil.
Director: Jay Roach
Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Seth Green
Writer: Mike Myers
Release Date (Australia): 21 August 1997
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
The film includes themes in the form of crude humour.
The film contains comedic violence in the form of shootings and fist-fights.
The film features use of the words “s**t”, “hell”, “ass” and “bastard”.
Contains a very mild drug reference.
The film contains a depiction of a woman’s lower buttocks, a drawing of breasts and a nude man with no nudity detail.
The film includes crude sexual humour in the form of frequent sexual references and sexual innuendo.
PG-13 (for nudity, sex-related dialogue and humor)
Aussie boy's thoughts
This goofy spoof is 100% perfect for giggly audiences who love each of the following: comedies that mock other movies, James Bond, silly potty jokes and hilariously wacky characters. That’s pretty much the only answer you’ll ever need when deciding whether or not to just have a fun time and watch Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, because it’s the kind of comedy that completely flushes all the sophistication out of you.
International Man of Mystery basically centres on a silly spy from the 1960s played by Mike Myers who is defrosted to battle with his bald-headed enemy, Dr. Evil, also enrolled by Mike Myers. Whether or not the performances are good or whether the action-and-adventure is exciting enough is completely invisible. It’s simply not the kind of thing you focus on when fembots are shooting bullets out of their breasts.
Myers is absolutely hilarious when he portrays the two characters, both being extremely funny, mind-seducing and worth your time. But you end up forgetting about the acting, plot and the serious things you’d look for in other movies or drama stories. This isn’t meant to be serious.
Being a spoof of James Bond, it’s obviously best if you’ve seen the James Bond movies or have seen as many as you can see. That way, you’re likely to understand exactly what’s being mocked and ridiculed, similar to how the 2000 parody Scary Movie makes fun of Wes Craven’s Scream. But to actually laugh, you don’t need to be in love with fart jokes or like James Bond; Austin Powers manages to be funny in the most ridiculous ways.
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