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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999, Mike Myers, Heather Graham)



On his honeymoon night, British agent Austin Powers discovers his new bride (Liz Hurley) is a robot assassin sent by his nemesis, Dr Evil (both played by Mike Myers) but luckily he escapes death (and marriage). But, unable to make peace with his belligerent (but only quasi-evil) son Scott (Seth Green), the doctor has fashioned a clone of himself, christened Mini-Me (Verne Troyer), who will travel back with to 1969 and steal Powers’ mojo, rendering him impotent in the future.

As Austin discovers their plan he too heads back in time, enlisting the help of sexy CIA-operative Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham). But with his virility vaporised, will Powers be able to thwart Evil’s latest attempt at world domination?

You already know the answer, but plot was never the point of Myers’ affectionate spoof sequel, exhuming Talbot Rothwell’s cast-off character names – Robin Spitz Swallows, anyone? – and Sid James’ teeth for a nation who never had the celluloid comfort blanket of the Carry-Ons. Myers’ charm and drive make even the corniest jokes palatable but his script is full of gems, most notably the Jerry Springer pastiche and an extended knob gag that press-gangs cameos from men named Woody.

Jay Roach’s empathy with his star is obvious, translating into an infectious energetic production which appears to value fun over finance and looks to have secured the director’s pension plan. He hit gold again after helming Meet The Parents, and has returned to help Austin in the record-breaking Goldmember (pushing that franchise well past $500 million in box office receipts) before reuniting with Robert De Niro for the upcoming Meet The Fokkers.

production details
USA | 95 minutes | 1999

Director: Jay Roach
Script: Michael McCullers, Mike Myers,

Charles Napier as Gen. Hawk
Tim Bagley as Friendly Dad
Verne Troyer as Mini-Me
Jeff Garlin as Cyclops
Mike Myers as Austin Powers / Dr. Evil / Fat Bastard
Rob Lowe as Young Number Two
Seth Green as Scott Evil
Jack Kehler as Circus Barker
Will Ferrell as Mustafa
Woody Harrelson as Woody Harrelson
Jennifer Coolidge as Woman at Football Game
Tim Robbins as The President
Fred Willard as Mission Commander
Rebecca Romijn as Rebecca Romijn
Kirk Ward as Soldier
Clint Howard as Radar Operator Peters
Tony Jay as Narrator (voice)
Kevin Cooney as NORAD Colonel
Heather Graham as Felicity Shagwell
Michael York as Basil Exposition
Robert Wagner as Number Two
Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina
Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington
Gia Carides as Robin Spitz Swallows
Oliver Muirhead as British Colonel
George Cheung as Chinese Teacher
Muse Watson as Klansman
Scott Cooper as Klansman’s Son – Bobby
Douglas Fisher as Man – Pecker
Brian Hooks as Pilot
David Koechner as Co-Pilot
John Mahon as NATO Colonel
Michael McDonald as NATO Soldier
Faune A. Chambers as Scene Break Dancer
Kristen Johnston as Ivana Humpalot
Willie Nelson as Willie Nelson
Jerry Springer as Jerry Springer
Kevin Durand as Assassin