Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me

I have to admit that I did laugh during this movie. It was a comedy, and it did have funny parts. Unfortunately, the funniest parts of the movie were given away by the various trailers and commercials that appeared before movies and on television. Even though the movie had its moments, I can't consider it a guilty pleasure. More telling is the fact that Malaysia has recently banned the film.

Mike Meyers is back as supreme British spy (and super sexy swinger) Austin Powers. And as Powers' nemesis, Dr. Evel. And, as the morbidly obese Fat Bastard. And if you look closesly, you may find a razor thin plot. Dr. Evil has gone back to the 1960s to steal Austin's mojo. Austin must follow him back to get his mojo back. On the way, he teams up with Felicity Shagwell, the usually great Heather Graham, reduced to monotonic one liners given while striking various poses. Along the way, Rob Lowe shows up as a young Number 2, and does a great job of imitating the mannerisms of Robert Wagner, the older Number 2 (who is also in the film). Verne Troyer is Mini-me, a one-eighth scale clone of Dr. Evil. Amusing? One of the more enjoyable aspects of the movie was watching the cameos by various celebrities.

This is more a big screen Saturday Night Live episode than a movie. It seems that a bunch of ideas that seemed funny were thrown together, with little or no thought going into connecting them into a cohesive story. And, like Saturday Night Live, you think you remember it being funny once, but can't really really remember when that was. The jokes and parodies come fast and furious, and they are sometimes funny, sometimes bizarre, and always crude. Is the movie bad? Well, no. Is it good? No. But regardless, it will make millions of dollars, and there will probably be another sequel.

Haro rates it: Okay
1 hour, 45 minutes, Rated R for lots o sexual innuendo and sex related humor.

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