Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.

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Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James Bond films, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery stars Mike Myers as Austin Powers, by day a hipster fashion photographer in mid-'60s swingin' London and by night a crime-fighting secret agent. Austin's wardrobe is pure Carnaby Street at its most outrageous, his vocabulary is crowded by the cool lingo of the day ("Groovy, baby! Yeah!!"), and he's irresistible to women, despite the fact that he can be charitably described as "stocky" and has teeth that strike fear into any practicing dentist. When his nemesis, the arch-enemy Dr. Evil (also played by Myers), has himself cryogenically frozen and sent into space, Powers also has himself put on ice so he can be thawed out when Dr. Evil returns. Come 1997, Dr. Evil returns to Earth and is back to his old tricks, so Austin is thawed out and returned to active service -- though he soon discovers his style doesn't play so well 30 years on. The supporting cast includes Elizabeth Hurley as Austin's sidekick, Vanessa Kensington; Michael York as his boss, Basil Exposition; Robert Wagner as Dr. Evil's assistant, Number Two; and Seth Green as Dr. Evil's troubled son, Scott Evil. Ming Tea, the swingin' pop band that periodically backs up Austin, includes real life pop-rockers Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was a mild box-office hit but an even bigger success on home video, which led to the 1999 sequel, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Mike Myers
as Austin Powers/Dr. Evil
Elizabeth Hurley
as Vanessa Kensington
Michael York
as Basil Exposition
Seth Green
as Scott Evil
Carrie Fisher
as Therapist
Tom Arnold
as Cowboy
Mimi Rogers
as Mrs. Kensington
Mindy Sterling
as Frau Farbissina
Paul Dillon
as Patty O'Brien
Will Ferrell
as Mustafa
Charles Napier
as Commander Gilmour
Fabiana Udenio
as Alotta Fagina
Joann Richter
as '60s Model
Monet Mazur
as Mod Girl
Mark Bringelson
as Andy Warhol
Clint Howard
as Radar Operator
Elya Baskin
as Borschevsky
Carlton Lee Russell
as Gary Coleman
Daniel Weaver
as Vanilla Ice
Neil Mullarkey
as Quartermaster Clerk
Lea Sullivan
as Go-Go Dancer
Chekesha Van Putten
as Go-Go Dancer
Heather Marie
as Go-Go Dancer
Sara Smith
as Go-Go Dancer
Laura Payne-Gabriel
as Go-Go Dancer
Joe Son
as Random Task
Tyde Kierney
as Las Vegas Tourist
Larry Thomas
as Casino Dealer
Brian George
as UN Secretary
Kay Wade
as Mrs. Exposition
Patrick Bristow
as Virtucon Tour Guide
Jim McMullan
as American UN Representative
Robin Gammell
as British UN Representative
Ted Kairys
as Eastern European Technician
Afifi Alaouie
as '60 Model
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Critic Reviews for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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Audience Reviews for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

  • May 23, 2015
    Still a great spoof comedy. Dr. Evil's monologue in the group therapy scene is one of my favorite bits ever.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2014
    True, it's filled with dated 90's pop culture references, weak dialogue, and jokes that can sometimes descend into 5th grade levels of juvenile humor. But I'd be lying if I said this Mike Myer's "James Bond" spoof wasn't hilarious. Myers does a great job portraying two characters (The Dr. Evil scenes are by far the greatest highlights of the film). It's fun stupid comedy romp, especially if you are a fan of the James Bond franchise because there are loads of homages to the Sean Connery-era.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2013
    Great for some yuks and pop culture references! And I know Elizabeth Hurley isn't really the It Girl anymore and she has come across as vapid and culturally unaware in soundbites, but I really think she is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2012
    "Yeah baby, yeah." Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a groovy comedy that's quite happening. The story follows '60s superspy Austin Powers who's awoken from cryostasis when the infamous supervillain Dr. Evil rises to threat the world with annihilation. The film is well written and clever in how it satirizes the '60s spy genre (particularly James Bond). Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley lead the cast and give fairy strong performances. Myers is especially suited for this type of outlandish comedy and pulls it off well. However, the humor does get a bit too juvenile at times and a number of the jokes outstay their welcome. Yet despite its flaws, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a swingin' joint that's far out.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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