Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy sequel is full of sex and bathroom humor.
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 35 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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. 

Sex

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."

Language

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.

Consumerism

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. 

What 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."

User Reviews

Adult Written byquest13 April 9, 2008

Hilarious

See it seriously it's so funny!
Adult Written bytommysportsgirl April 9, 2008

RUN!

Run far away from this movie! Drop it in the sewers where garbage like this belongs!! DO NOT, under any circumstances, let your children watch this mess!
Kid, 9 years old August 23, 2010

Cursing alert.

Like c**p, s**t and h*ll. A villain's name is "Fat B****rd". The word "S*ag" means a sexual slang reverense. My sister wanted me to buy... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 22, 2010

What's the story?

Austin Powers (Mike Meyers) loses his wife (Elizabeth Hurley from the first movie, who turns out to be a killer robot), and meets up with CIA agent Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham). Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers) is still plotting world domination, with the assistance of Number Two (played by Robert Wagner in the scenes set in the present and Rob Lowe in the scenes set in the past). Dr. Evil goes back in time to 1969 to steal Powers' "mojo" with the help of a huge Scot called Fat Bastard (also Mike Meyers) and Powers goes back to 1969 to retrieve it.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why gross-out humor is so popular. Is it funny or offensive? What about the sex jokes? Families may choose to explain family standards on the use of the language in the movie, and to provide reassurance.

  • Many comedies are parodies of genres or particular movies. What does this movie parody? What are some other examples of parody movies? 

  • While intended to be a parody of spy movies from the 1960s, how does this movie also reflect the time in which it was released -- the late 1990s? What aspects of it seem dated now?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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