Parents' Guide to

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

By Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

'90s James Bond spoof has tons of sex, crude humor.

Movie PG-13 1997 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

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 were a ton of sexual references, but it was worse than I remembered. It's not like my kids (13 and 11) are scarred as a result, but I probably should have waited a little longer.
age 12+

PG-13 for sexual themes/content and language

There is some sexual references and a scene where Austin Powers and another character have sex in a hot tub, but the nudity is only implied and not shown. The language is a pretty tame even for a PG-13 movie. There are no F-words, but "shag" is used a few times (it means "to have sex"). "S**t" is also used a few times.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (68 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 2, 1997
  • On DVD or streaming: September 14, 2004
  • Cast: Elizabeth Hurley , Mike Myers , Seth Green
  • Director: Jay Roach
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content
  • Last updated: January 2, 2024

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