A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie too ridiculous to have any real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters are too cartoonish to be considered positive role models. A recurring joke is Austin Powers' constant craving for casual sex.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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Some profanity: "S--t," "ass," "bastard." Lots of sexually themed innuendo and silly, crass euphemisms. Dr. Evil's son says to him, "Blow me."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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