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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No positive messages.
Positive Role Models
While intended to be a parody of '60s British spy movies, much of the humor in the movie is derived from how sleazy Austin acts toward women. The other characters are little more than one-dimensional parodies.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of comic, cartoon-style violence. In a pro-wrestling-style sequence, characters gouge eyes, kick crotches. The lead female character shoves a surveillance probe up the rear end of one of the antagonists after they have slept together. Knives thrown, machine guns fired, bazookas engaged.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent and unrelenting sexual innuendo. Austin talks of "shagging," talks of having a "menage a trois," makes a joke concerning whether a woman "spits or swallows." Spaceship made to look like a penis and testicles, two extended sequences link scenes of people around the world finishing the sentences of the person who spoke before them by making a phallic allusion. Lead female character's last name is "Shagwell." Outside the tent where Austin and Felicity are working to stop Dr. Evil outside of his compound, Dr. Evil's guards observe their shadows and it appears as if Felicity is sticking in and pulling out various objects (including a gerbil) from Austin's rectum as they moan and make comments that could be interpreted as sexual. Austin is in bed talking with his wife about the sexual positions in the Kama Sutra they haven't attempted yet. Female droid has the barrels of two machine guns poking out of her breasts. A game of chess is sexualized as the two players touch and stroke phallic or nipple-like chess pieces. A Russian spy's name is "Ivana Humpalot."
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Occasional profanity: "s--t," "s--tter," "bitch," "rigoddamndiculous," "ass," "numb nuts," "oh my gentle Jesus." Nearly every scene has sexual innuendo of some kind. The lead female character's last name is "Shagwell." Joke made about whether or not a woman "spits or swallows." An obese man talks of how he needs to use the bathroom, makes reference to a "turtle head pokin' out." Character called Fat Bastard.
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Products & Purchases
Austin uses AOL for the internet provider of his sports car. A scene that feels like one long commercial for Starbucks. Characters drink Heineken, clearly shown. Reference made to Chili's.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Malt liquor drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a 1999 sequel that's very, very, very raunchy, with incessant and prolonged sexual humor. Because it's a comedy, the rating system gives it a PG-13, but the material would clearly get an R if it appeared in a drama. Do not kid yourself that some of these jokes are "over their heads." Those kids who do not see it -- or who do see it and miss some of the jokes -- will hear detailed explanations from those who do of references like Powers asking one woman "Which is it, spits or swallows?" and pretty much every woman "Do I make you horny?" In addition, the movie features character names Felicity Shagwell, Fat Bastard, and Ivana Humpalot, a rocket shaped like a penis (described by a series of characters with every imaginable euphemism), references to a one-night stand "getting weird," an extended sequence in which it appears that a number of objects are removed from Powers' rectum, and Powers' inability to perform in bed due to his missing "mojo." There is also a good deal of potty humor, including Powers mistaking a stool sample for coffee. There is also a joke referencing a lesbian character who met her girlfriend on the "LPGA tour." Profanity includes "s--t," "bitch," and "nuts." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME is very funny at times and always genial enough to inspire generosity toward the jokes that don't work. Spy boss Basil Exposition (Michael York) wisely advises both Powers and the audience not to think too much about the plot.
This is silly fun for its core audience of college kids. They will find the jokes about the 1980s wildly funny, though they may miss some of the jokes about the 1960s. Parents should be very cautious about allowing children or young teens to see the movie, and should be prepared to talk with kids who see or hear about it, to answer questions, explain family standards on the use of the language in the movie, and to provide reassurance.
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