Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

1999 | PG-13 | 95 Minutes

Action | Adventure | Science Fiction | Crime | Comedy

When diabolical genius, Dr. Evil travels back in time to steal superspy Austin Powers's ‘mojo’, Austin must return to the swingin' '60s himself – with the help of American agent, Felicity Sha...

Overall Rating

5 / 10
Verdict: So-So

User Review

  • The Spy Who Shagged Me is as "shagadelic" as a distastefully leopard patterned van used for cruising. Yeah baby, yeah? No baby, no! The sequel to Myers’ international hit, that relished in spoofing popularised spy films, is as groovy as a frequently used fembot. Equipped with the viscosity of toilet humour and the stickiness of overextended outdated gags. What may have been funny once, with its apparent timely comedy, no longer applies today. Austin’s nemesis, the wonderfully wicked Dr. Evil, travels back in time to steal his “mojo” and plans to build a frickin’ laser beam on the moon to decimate US cities.

    Ironically, Austin didn’t lose his “mojo” back in 1969. It was 1999. When this was released. Because apparently mainstream audiences craved onscreen horniness and jokes of a sexual nature. Humour involving: intercourse, chastity, foreplay, anal and phallic synonyms. The latter admittedly was executed methodically by splicing dialogue mid-way through various conversations to create one long free-flowing (pardon the pun) gag about said penis. Oh, and a mildly entertaining scene involving shadows in a tent. And maybe I’ll be generous enough to admit that the name Ivana Humpalot had me snigger.

    But crikey! Myers, you poor little bugger! Despite his energetic performance, this has not aged well in the slightest. The non-existent overwrought plot just to string along various unwelcomed jokes. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me breaking out a rendition of “Just the Two Of Us”? Zip it. Fat Bastard consistently talking about his “sexeh bodeh” and erratic bowel movements? Suckle on my “zipple”. The countless recycled jokes ranging from Scott’s daddy issues to Mustafa’s inability to die? Zip it real good! A penis-shaped rocket? Austin walking naked whilst the camera blocks his genitalia with phallic objects? I'm starting to think this film made me gay! And don’t get me started on Austin drinking liquified excrement. When has that ever been funny? Nostalgia may win people over, but it’s seriously a chore to sit through today. Round up the characters and send them to The Jerry Springer Show!