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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

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'90s James Bond spoof has tons of sex, crude humor.
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  • Review Date: February 24, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1997
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

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.

What's the story?

The insidious Dr. Evil foils his swinging British adversary Austin Powers (Mike Myers in a dual role) 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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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? 

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 2, 1997
DVD release date:September 14, 2004
Cast:Elizabeth Hurley, Mike Myers, Seth Green
Director:Jay Roach
Studio:New Line
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content

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Kid, 12 years old December 29, 2013

Austin Powers is the best!!!

I love this movie, but the child you show this movie to needs to not repeat what is in it. If your child likes to copy what they see in movies they should wait a few years to watch it. If you have a child who enjoys spy comedies and do not copy what the see in movies the should like this. The movie is not scary and you can enjoy a few laughs while watching it. I laughed so hard. Mike Myers is amazing in this movie and it is fun to watch. I would totally recommend this movie.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old August 2, 2011

Hilarious, but vulgar.

Ok first of all, I thought this movie was down right HILARIOUS. I watched it with my two cousins (13 and 11) and my little brother (9). My cousins and I laughed the whole way through, but I was SO embarrassed for my brother. He doesn't even know what sex is! There are a lot of sex and body jokes, plenty of talk, most of it VERY vulgar, and a couple sex scenes (no nudity). Very, very funny, but VERY inappropriate.
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Too much sex
Adult Written bybaconbrother4 April 9, 2008

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