Reviewed by: Kevin Burk
Starring: Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael Caine, Michael York, Seth Green | Directed by: Jay Roach | Produced by: John Lyons, Eric McLeod, Demi Moore, Eric McLoed, Mike Myers, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Jay Roach | Written by: Mike Myers, Michael McCullers, Robert Wagner, Michael McCuller, Mike McCullers | Distributor: New Line Cinema
Blatantly vulgar, crude, sexually perverse and immoral
Austin Powers is back in a second sequel, doing his usual thing, spoofing spy and other movies, pop cultural icons, and everything else in its path. For a third film in a series, the humor holds up pretty well, but the film is dragged down by its over-reliance on crude sexual and bathroom humor.
Austin (Mike Myers) returns in a paper thin plot that’s basically a vehicle for the humor. This is okay, and in the proud tradition of many past successful comedic spoofs. In this installment, the overly libidoed, British superspy once again tries to thwart the plans of his arch-nemesis Dr. Evil (one of the many roles played by Myers), this time a plan to crash an asteroid into the polar ice caps. After a very funny opening sequence filled with big name cameo appearances, Austin again travels back in time to stop his foe, along the way picking up help from seventies spy, Foxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles), afro and all. Will Austin save our planet from destruction? Dr. Evil’s new ally, the “Goldmember” of the title (Myers again), is a wasted, throw away character who was neither funny nor entertaining. But, we also get to meet Austin’s father, played well enough by Michael Caine.
Basically, the film is a fairly well-crafted, low-intelligence spoof just like its predecessors. The humor usually hit its mark, but half the time it’s crude and immoral.
Publisher’s Note: For those readers who may not be aware of the suggestive meaning of the title of this movie, “member” is a well-known slang name for a part of the male anatomy, and is listed as such in dictionaries. The title is a spoof of the James Bond movie, “Goldfinger” (1964) starring Sean Connery.