Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Movie review by
Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
'90s James Bond spoof has tons of sex, crude humor.
  • PG-13
  • 1997
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 60 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Movie too ridiculous to have any real positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are too cartoonish to be considered positive role models. A recurring joke is Austin Powers' constant craving for casual sex. 

Violence

Pratfall comedy violence throughout. Powers punches one of Dr. Evil's henchmen, who is dressed like a woman. He does this later to an elderly woman he also thinks is a spy but is in fact an elderly woman. Many of Dr. Evil's henchmen are killed by being flung from their chairs into a pit of fire. 

Sex

Near constant sexual innuendo. Lengthy scenes involving full-body nudity with all the naughty bits "cleverly" concealed. Several scenes involve a device used to enhance a male body part. Aside from the female lead, women are mostly objectified, including voluptuous mod robot women who fire bullets or poison gas from their breasts. Dr. Evil's son makes reference to watching a "t--tie movie on Skinemax." Powers constantly talks about wanting to "shag" women. Seemingly endless euphemisms for genitalia and a female antagonist named "Alotta Fagina."

Language

Some profanity: "S--t," "ass," "bastard." Lots of sexually themed innuendo and silly, crass euphemisms. Dr. Evil's son says to him, "Blow me." 

Consumerism

Austin drinks from prominently featured cans of the soft drink Tab, including a moment where he's surrounded by crushed empty Tab cans. Austin Powers' internet provider of choice is America Online; the once-ubiquitous "You've Got Mail" is used in a brief gag. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, champagne, and cocktail drinking. References to the '60s drug scene.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a 1997 movie in which Mike Myers plays a Bond-esque British spy transported from the Swinging London era of the 1960s to the relatively austere 1990s to foil the world-destroying schemes of Dr. Evil, also played by Mike Myers. The humor rooted in sexual innuendo is almost nonstop -- in addition to Powers constantly talking about wanting to "shag" women, there are sight gags in which nudity is covered by objects or other body parts at just the right place and just the right time, seemingly endless euphemisms for genitalia, and a female antagonist named "Alotta Fagina." A Swedish sex device that's supposed to be a pump that enlarges a man's penis is a recurring gag. The violence is of the comedic pratfall variety: Powers leaps into his convertible only to hit himself in the groin with his gearshift, one of Dr. Evil's security guards is dipped into a body of water with vicious sea bass and emerges decapitated, many of Evil's henchmen are flipped from their chairs and killed in a flaming pit below them. There is some profanity, including "s--t," "bastard," and "blow me." Flatulence and defecation-themed humor abound. Robot mod women shoot bullets and poison gas from their breasts. Expect some glamorization of casual sex and Mmntion of the '60s drug culture.

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 and 13-year-old Written byDylan1226 March 18, 2019

Really funny, but wait until your kids are teenagers

Really funny movie, but this was an instance of showing my kids a movie and wishing later that I had waited another couple years. I knew going in that there we... Continue reading
Adult Written byVohaul February 16, 2019

Should've been rated R

I can't believe this was marketed to kids. I know this is a parody of James Bond, but they overdid it on the sexual references. This was even referenced on... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byOli September 30, 2016

Absolutely brilliant

A really funny and sexual James Bond spoof. A must watch for 12 year old. Contains: Moderate Spoof Violence, Sex, Sex Refrences and Nudity
Teen, 16 years old Written byComedyLover February 24, 2015

One of my favorites!

A great, hilarious movie appropriate for ages 10 and up. At this age, I think that kids are mature enough to understand the humor, and there's not too much... Continue reading

What's the story?

In AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY, the insidious Dr. Evil (Mike Myers in a dual role) foils his swinging British adversary Austin Powers (Mike Myers) by escaping in a spaceship and having himself cryogenically frozen. Powers does what one would expect of the world's greatest -- and most shagadelic -- gentleman spy: He has himself frozen as well, to be thawed out 30 years later, in 1997, and pick up the chase where it left off. A relic of the swinging '60s, Powers is thawed out in the age of AIDS to stop Dr. Evil from destroying the world. With sexy agent Miss Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley) at his side, Powers acclimates to a world without free love while attempting to thwart Dr. Evil, who has stolen a nuclear warhead and is holding the world ransom for ... one hundred billion dollars!

Is it any good?

If you're looking for wry humor and sophistication, you're simply looking in the wrong place. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (which was followed by 1999's Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember) is the sort of comedy you expect from ex-Saturday Night Live cast members (on the level of Dana Carvey's Opportunity Knocks).

Anyone who's seen Goldfinger will recognize the crony Oddjob parodied here as Random Task, or Alotta Fagina substituting for the Bond vixen Pussy Galore. The Dr. Evil character, complete with bald head and hairless cat, are snatched from the opening of For Your Eyes Only. If your tastes generally run a bit more highfalutin than this, find a teenager of your own to supply the laugh track; it completes the experience and might even make it a worthwhile one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery is a parody of the British spy movies and TV shows of the 1960s. In what ways does it directly spoof, say, James Bond movies? How does it spoof the 1960s?

  • Do you think the movie spoofs the way women were often objectified in James Bond movies, or do you think it could have done more to show that Powers' attitudes were no longer acceptable in "the future"? 

  •  What are some other movie genres and styles that have been parodied? 

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