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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 1999 / Director: Jay Roach / Actors: Mike Myers, Heather Graham ... / DVD released 24 January, 2000 at Entertainment in Video / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen

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      30.12.2009 19:41
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      3/5

      The second release of the Austin Powers trilogy is a classic. It was released in 1999 and is a direct sequel to the first release International Man of Mystery.

      The plot of this release is that Austin must travel back to the 1960's to keep up with Dr Evil and his plan to blow up the entire World, but this time it's not only the World in danger, as Austin has lossed something very important to him...his mojo, which makes him irresistable to all women.

      Austin and his side kick Heather Graham have to try and stop Dr Evil in his tracks as he plans to blow up the World but as usual Austin has other ideas with his side kick. Dr Evil also has a side kick in this release called mini-me who is played brilliantly by Verne J Troyer. Dr Evil hires a trained assassin under the name of 'Fat Bastard' (remarkably played by Mike Myers) who is a repulsive obese Scottish man who tries to kill Austin.

      Overall, I would recommend this to only people who like Austin Powers, or to those who like any type of comedy as it has a very acquired taste. I would give this film a 3/5 as it's not as good as the first release and could've been improved.

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      05.11.2009 17:40
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      Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me

      Austin is back and is still as controversial and shagadelic as ever!

      When we first met Austin Powers in International Man of Mystery we found him to be ugly and rude but someone who had an amazing way with the ladies. He had defeated his arch enemy Dr Evil and ends up marrying his assistant Vanessa Kensington played by Elizabeth Hurley. Austin Powers is a secret agent and the films are a very funny take on the James Bond movies, the suave, sophisticated agent who always gets the girl.

      The Spy Who Shagged Me is the second Austin Powers film in the trilogy and this one, even more than the first really uses a variety of different James Bond films to spoof. In fact the title of this film is a play on the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. This film was released in 1999.

      I think it's funny the way this film has actually changed our vocabulary and projected some of its term into modern words for things that we still use today. For example, and correct me if I'm wrong, before this movie, a shag was not a word one used to describe having sex with someone but it seems that this is not the most popular and everyday given slang term for it. Also the plot of this movie sees Austin Powers losing his mojo. We now use this term and if we don't perform well or live up to certain standards we say we have lost our mojo and everyone know what we are talking about. Amazing how just one film can change the English language forever.

      This is my favourite of all the Austin Powers films due to the introduction of some new and amazingly funny characters. Fat Bastard makes his appearance as a disgruntled "Scottish Guard" who has been hired to extract Austin's mojo from his frozen body at the Ministry of Defence Cryo Chamber.Austin's mojo is described in this film as a fluid inside his "family jewels" which is the source of Austin's incredible sexual prowess and appeal.

      As well as playing Austin and Dr Evil, Mike Myers also takes on the role on fat bastard too. He is just like the name sounds, fat, with some very unusual eating habits and not a very nice guy. I really think Mike Myers plays all three characters them brilliantly. He is so out of there and wacky/crazy that the characters really work. It must have been quite fun playing both the fun/good character and the dark/evil ones as you would assume a different persona for each role.

      Just when Austin thinks everything is going his way things with Vanessa take a devastating turn and Dr Evil is after him again, this time going back to 1969 to steal Austin's mojo. Dr Evil is helped in his plot but another great first time character, Mini Me, a mini version of Dr Evil and in my opinion the nastier one of the two. He is played by the now very famous Verne Troyer who has gone on to be very successful in Hollywood because or despite of his size!

      Austin hooks up with a new female side kick, CIA agent, Felicity Shagwell and things turn decidedly romantic as you would expect them to do with Austin. Felicity is played by Heather Graham and I think she does a good job, she's cute and funny and in my opinion better than Elizabeth Hurley was in the first movie.

      This film is definitely very funny, it capitalises on the jokes and stereotypes from the first movie and just makes them better in this sequel and with a great plot and the introduction of new characters it makes this Austin Powers installment unmissable.

      According to an article I read, the film grossed around US$310 million in worldwide ticket sales, making more money during its opening weekend than the entire box office proceeds of its predecessor.

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        21.09.2009 22:25
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        A cracking film

        note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

        The first Austin Powers was a hilarious spoof of the spy thriller genre with Mike Myers on top form playing both International Superspy Austin Powers and evil villain Dr. Evil. Here, against expectations, they've managed to bottle lightning once again, with a film that's almost as hilarious as the first thanks to Myers' once again madcap performance. Myers also pulls triple duty this time, making it even more manic.

        It is realised that Dr. Evil is returning to Earth, and he quickly re-establishes himself with his old allies Frau Farbissina and Number Two (Robert Wagner). A genetically engineered midget called Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) is generated, and the group embark on another insane scheme to take over the world, by travelling back to the 1960s and ordering an obese member of the Scottish Guard called Fat Bastard to steal Austin Powers' mojo, thereby ensuring he's never bested by Powers and so Powers will also be sexually deficient.

        Back in 1999, Austin Powers is enjoying married life with Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley), before discovering that she was a fembot. Austin then travels back to the 60s to stop Dr. Evil and to try and put everything right. Here he meets a CIA Agent named Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham) who attempts to help him but seems to be able to override his charms, at least at first. Is this going to be the end of Austin Powers as we know it? Or can he reclaim his mojo back and return to his wild self?

        As far as sequels go, this is a hilarious follow up that hits all the right buttons by introducing a few new characters and also developing the original ones. The gags, ranging from mocking 60s culture, to modern pop culture, to simple sight gags, are hilarious, making this a worthy comedy sequel.

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        31.05.2009 13:04
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        A brilliant film that really is "Groovy!" in the words of Austen Powers!

        Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me as the title suggests really is a very funny film indeed but not one that I would take younger kids to watch! This film is the second of the Austen Powers entire series and was released in 1999. The title is based on the James Bond film "The spy who loved me" and deliver's comedy. The film of course stars Mike Myers who is once again excellent and also Heather Graham. I bought the DVD originally for £10 from Asda but you can now get it for £4 which is great value for a film that offers so much entertainment.

        The film is about Mike Myers who is a secret agent and he is trying to fight for the family jewles which are of sublime value. The plot line features some moments from many of the James Bond films such as "Diamons are forever" and "You only live twice". I thought that was a great feature because you can relate to the films and they are made to be very comic which was great. Austen Powers of course is a man for the lady and this film is no exception because he being a British spy can get away with it. It is his job to stop is enemy Dr. Evil from holding the world hostage and then gathering money. It really is then up to Austin Powers to save the world.

        I loved this film mainly for its comedy because there is no doubt that this film really is hilarious in almost every way. I love the way in which it is a spoof of many of the James Bond films and the soundtrack is also brilliant, with hits from Madonna and Lenny Kravitz amongst others. I would really recommend this film to any Austen Powers and comedy lovers because you get a fantatsic film for a great price! I hope this was usefyl and thank you very much for reading.

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        24.05.2009 06:59
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        Very funny and well worth 90 minutes of your time.

        Even though this wasn't the first in the series, this really was the movie that put the Austin Powers series of movies on the map, released in 1999 I remember this being the biggest thing and EVERYONE was quoting phrases from this movie, almost to the point of getting annoying, to give you an idea of how successful this movie was it grossed $310 Million dollars, making more money on its opening weekend than the previous movie did in its entire Box Office run.

        The Plot:
        A NATO Monitoring facility tracks the return of Dr Evil ( Mike Myers ) from deep space and informs British Intelligence, Dr Evil returns to his evil headquarters ( Now located in Seattle Washington ) to find that he has an Evil Clone created exactly like him, except 1/ 8th the size called Mini - Me ( Verne Troyer ), Number Two ( Robert Wagner ) informs Dr Evil that the organisation has made an enormous amount of money by investing in a little known Seattle Coffee company called "Starbucks", unimpressed Dr Evil hatches his latest Evil Plan, he has developed a Time Machine to go back in time to the 1960's and steal Austin Powers ( Mike Myers ) "Mojo" which is the source of Austin's Sex Appeal.

        Back In 1999 however Austin is enjoying his honeymoon with his new wife Vanessa Kensington ( Elizabeth Hurley ), however much to his horror it turns out that Vanessa is a "Fembot" sent by Dr Evil to kill powers, after failing and exploding Austin briefly mourns, then realises he is Single again and proceeds to cavort naked around his hotel while the opening credits roll.

        After having his Mojo stolen , British Intelligence develops their own time machine and sends Austin back to 1969 to thwart Dr Evil's plan, in doing so he teams up with a CIA Agent Felicity Shagwell ( Heather Graham ) and they team up to save the world.


        This movie was a JUGGERNAUT at the box office, and while maybe not being as original as the first movie in its humour, it does have probably more laugh out loud scenes and some really memorable moments ( "Its a Bit Nutty ) , the introduction of such characters as Mini-Me and Fat Bastard were genius as they added so much to the movie.

        You could see that the series was starting to get a little commercial and had an early inkling of how the next movie would sell out so badly to Hollywoods sponsors and commercialism, but luckily its not as thick within this movie, Mike Myers is at his comedic best in this and his cast of supporting characters do a great job ( particularly Rob Lowe who does a great impression of a young Robert Wagner )

        So fans of the first movie won't be disappointed in this at all, they may not be impressed with its originality but they'll laugh out loud at some of the main scenes

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        17.03.2009 21:11
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        it's slapstick at its best

        Having recently downgraded my sky package and taken off the movie channels I decided to start making my way through a rather dusty looking dvd collection. In need of humour, and not wanting anything with much depth I settled on this.

        This is the sequel to Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery and is full of toilet humour and cheesy gags from start to finish.

        Starring Mike Myers as Austin the film starts off with Austin being woken up in the 1990s needing to find his "mojo" a.k.a sex appeal and save the world from the dastardley Dr Evil - also played by Myers. However I am not going to give the plot away.

        There is a lot of linking between this film and James Bond in a micky tacking spoof like way with Austins "bond girl" sidekick - the wonderfully named Felicity Shagwell (played by Heather Graham). The villain is Dr Evil who is joined by his own mini me along with a rather unattractive and appropriately named Fat Bastard - also played by Myers but in a fat suit. The plot is rather predictable but there are some classic moments when the whole disjointed Dr Evil family go on Jerry Springer and a slightly uncomfortable , but never the less hilarious, moment involving Austin and Heather in a tent, various items and silhoutte lighting.

        This is definately a slapstick comedy with inuendos everywhere, I think it woud help if you had watched the first film but it is not essential. Mike plays the nerdy , "sex" symbol well, Dr Evil is pure genius but I found Fat Bastard a little too disgusting and had to look away for the "chicken in the bed" moment so beware!! There is no message, no hidden meaning and no real point to this film but it is, in my opinion, one and a half hours of mainly comic brilliance.

        The DVD also includes some extras worth looking at - deleted scenes including accidental bloomers and more toilet humour - worth watching for more laughs, behind the scenes and music videos - including Madonna's beautiful stranger written specifically for this film.

        If you are looking for a film with twists, turns and surprises this is not for you, if you just want a laugh and are not easily offended then this is it - it can be picked up very cheaply now - under £4 new in Amazon and it is a certificate 12.

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          28.05.2007 18:01
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          Like so many other trilogies, the middle one is probably the best!

          What’s it about?
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          Britain’s sexiest spy is once again called upon to thwart the plans of Dr Evil who has stolen his “mojo”

          Who’s in it?
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          Mike Myers further demonstrates his versatility by playing three roles. First up, he returns as both Dr Evil and Austin Powers. Having already played the characters in the first film, he now appears much more comfortable with both the characters and their dialogue and so they seem much more fun to watch. Freed from the shackles of having to introduce the main characters, the script can get down to the funny stuff more quickly and Myers has a little more freedom to flex his comedy muscles.

          Myers’ third character is only moderately successful. The appropriately named Fat Bastard is spasmodically funny, but not really given enough screen time to become a fully fleshed (sorry!) character in his own right. He does, however, have several memorable quotes.

          Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham) appears to be struggling at times. At times, Graham appears to be having fun, at other times she seems a little out of her depth comedy-wise.

          Verne Troyer is superb as “Mini-Me” – a clone of Doctor Evil. The relationship with Dr Evil is hilarious and, although Mini-Me “says” just three words in the entire film, his body language and facial expressions more than make up for that. He’s like a little lap dog – all smiles for Dr Evil, all snarls for everyone else!

          Amongst the returning cast, Seth Green is given a welcome expanded role and some of his scenes are just hilarious. The same is true of Mindy Sterling, returning as Frau Farbissina, who displays a deft comic touch in what is still a fairly limited role.

          Is it any good?
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          Really, whether you like this film will depend very much on what you thought of the first one, as this is essentially more of the same. If you loved the original, you’ll be in danger of doing yourself a serious injury, you’ll be laughing so hard. If, on the other hand you hated its childish humour, you will hate this one even more.

          The second film, however, builds on the first and is even better. Yes, it’s just the same thing over again, but why change a winning formula? The humour in this one is much more consistent . It also benefits from aiming at a wider target. Whereas the first film mainly spoofed spy films, this one takes a pop at anything and everything, including popular culture. Whilst this can be a little dangerous (if fads change, the film dates badly), it works here. Particularly inspired are the scenes where Scott Evil appears on the Jerry Springer show – probably the funniest moments of the film.

          Because the film is working against a wider canvas and is more consistently funny, it may appeal to a slightly wider audience. Show this to a group of people and ask them afterwards what their favourite bit was, and the chances are you’ll get a range of different answers.

          Another strong point is that Myers gives Dr Evil more screen time. Recognising that he is actually the more interesting character, much of the focus is on him and his incompetence in getting used to how the 60s is different from the 90s. OK, culture/time clash comedies have been done before, but it’s always a pleasure to see gems like this.

          The plot (such as it is!) races along with breathtaking speed and is crammed so full of jokes that you will be amazed (and a little disappointed) when it reaches the end of its short, 95 minute running time. There’s scarcely a wasted moment in the whole film… Having said that, the joke involving the rocket that looks like a “you know what” is perhaps a little drawn out – especially when the joke is reprised later in the film. It’s one of the few scenes in the film that feels just a little forced. Yes, it’s mildly amusing for the first couple of lines, but its over played and ends up just being smug and unfunny.

          I suppose if you’re going to criticise the film, there are several grounds on which you could do this. Firstly, although it does develop slightly on the first, as noted above, it really is just more of the same. Yes, the humour is more consistent and the delivery more confident, but if you didn’t get the humour in the first place, you’re hardly going to enjoy more of it!

          The style of the humour is not just the same, but some of the jokes are identical. The opening sequence (Austin Powers dancing naked, with his modesty covered by strategically placed items) is identical in style and spirit to the end sequence of the first film featuring Austin and Vanessa. How you react to this will depend on your point of view. If you thought that sequence silly first time round, you will criticise this for a lack of originality. It could certainly be used as evidence that Mike Myers is a bit of a one-trick pony who has run out of ideas.

          The plot is completely non-nonsensical, leaping around and full of glaring inconsistencies. But hey! Come on. This isn’t Shakespeare – it’s a stupid comedy! The plot is simply there as an excuse to hang the jokes on. The whole thing is gleefully, joyfully and knowingly stupid – at one point, Basil Expedition even tells the audience not to worry about such things . It’s advice you’d do well to heed!

          Conclusion
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          The Spy Who Shagged Me is, to my mind, the best of the three Austin Powers films. Consistently funny with a much broader humour, it’s likely to have you laughing out loud… providing you liked the first film. If you hated the first, you’ll find this one about as funny as piles.

          Basic Information
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          Austin Powers 2: the spy who shagged me
          1999
          Director: Jay Roach
          Running time: approximately 95 minutes
          Certificate: 12

          Trivia
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          Depending on how offensive the word “shagged” was deemed to be, the title was translated differently across the world. Sometimes, it was made cleaner, other times it was made dirtier. If you want to know what it was reputedly called in Norway, look it up in the trivia section of IMDB. I’m far too polite to possibly be able to include it in my review!

          © Copyright SWSt 2007

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            19.09.2006 22:04
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            brilliant watch

            I love all austin powers movies there them kind of films that you dont mind watching again and again. Mike Myers is a brilliant and hilarious character in most his films but he is even greater in this. It is unbelievable as they travel in time and all sorts and some of the characters are unrealistic but Mike Myers makes it so funny you want to carry on watching adult humour throughout but its not for everyone i can imagine.

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            14.05.2006 09:58
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            Well worth digging out and watching!

            Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me' is the follow up to the very success ‘Austin Powers' which stared Mike Myers (who's other films include the two hilarious ‘Wayne's World' films and ‘Saturday Night Live') and Liz Hurley. Not being a great film watcher and being without sky or digital it was not actually until Austin Powers was first shown on channel 4 that I first saw it. However it was well worth the wait as it is one very, very funny film. So funny in fact that it encouraged me to go out and buy the sequel soon after. This is a rarity for me, I only own about 10 films on dvd, but I am glad that I did folk out the cash as the film equals if not improves upon the original.


            The Spy Who... is, of course, a comedy and just like its predecessor it is very much a spoof of other spy films particularly the James Bond series. Again the film stars Mike Myers who dominates the film with his superb talent as a comic actor. As in the original film Myers plays both of the 2 main characters - Austin Powers and his arch enemy Dr Evil. He also plays an addition character in this film in the form of Fat bas***d.


            Powers himself is a ‘spy' working for the ministry of defence. Originally from the sixties he now lives in the nineties due to being frozen in order to prevent Dr Evil from taking over the world in the future (watch the first film for more details on this). Although Austin is now a citizen of the nineties he is very much a throwback from the sixties. He wears the clothes of the era, believes in free sex and loves the life of constant parties. He's a Swinger who , in his own words, ‘Puts the Grrr in Swinger' He has some lines so funny that you will literally find yourself crying through laughter.


            Myers other major character in the film is Dr Evil. As I have already mentioned how is the arch enemy of Powers and vice-versa. Dr Evil, as his name might just suggest is evil, and therefore dreams of ruling the world. His attempts at this are very much the centre of the plots of both films.


            So what of the plot then. Under normal circumstances when reviewing a film here on Ciao I would try not to give to much of the plot of the in an attempt not to ruin peoples enjoyment of it. However where Austin Powers is concerned this isn't really a worry. That is because it is not for the plot of the film that The Spy who.... is so great but for its comic value. So here a quick run through of the plot.


            The film starts with Austin on his honeymoon to his new wife Vanessa played by Liz Hurly. Her appearance in this film is rather brief however. It is soon revealed that she is in fact a ‘femme-bot' working for Dr Evil and on a mission to destroy Austin. A rather odd start to the film but hey. She explodes herself whilst trying to kill Powers but is unsuccessful in her task leaving Austin to be a free man again which makes him very happy indeed. This leads to a superbly choreographed opening sequence where a naked Powers dances through his hotel.


            From this point on the film follows Dr Evils attempt at world domination. In order for Evil's plot to come to come into practise he decides he must take Austin's ‘Mojo' (this can probably be best described as his sex drive or perhaps his sexuality, I'm not entirely sure as this is never explained in full. If you've got any other suggestion please tell me). To take this Dr evil uses a time machine to travel back in time and take it while Austin is frozen. The film then follows a high humorous plot, which expands upon many of the jokes used during the first film, where Powers attempts to take back his mojo, prevent Dr Evil from destroying the world by firing a giant ‘laser' situated on moon or ‘Death star' (just one of many copies and spoofs from other films) and to win over the girl who this time come in the form of Felicity Shagwell.


            In the film as well as Austin and Dr Evil there are several other characters of note. Who I shall now run through.


            Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham) - Austin’s high attractive love interest throughout the film. She acts very much as Liz Hurly did in the first film being a powerful helper of Powers as he attempts to save the world. Although not the funniest character she does have some fine lines such as "Shagwell by name, shag very well by nature.


            Fat Bas***d (Mike Myers) - Mike's third character in the film is possibly one of the funniest. He works for Dr Evil and as the name suggests he is very, very........VERY fat and also the films most vulgar character . He brings about many of the films funniest minutes such as him saying to Shagwell ‘I've got bigger titties than you do', his love for eating babies and the rather touching moment ‘I eat because I'm unhappy and I'm unhappy because I eat' then breaks wind ‘Well it's a long road'. Although not directly he also brings about the films funniest moment with Austin drinking ‘coffee' that happens to in fact be Fat's faeces


            Mini Me (Verne Troyer) - An exact copy of Dr Evil only an 8th of the size. He may not say much but that doesn't stop him from being very funny.


            Number 2 (Rob Lowe) - Dr Evils right hand man. He doesn't really share Evil's ambition of world domination through evil plans. Instead he's more economically minded. Rather than going back to steal Power's mojo he'd prefer to invest in the stock market to make billions.


            Scott Evil (Seth Green) - Played by Seth who also played Oz in the wonderful Buffy the Vampire Slayer Scott is the teenage son of Dr Evil. Far me sensible than his dad suggesting that they simply shoot Austin rather than placing him in easily escapable positions. Very funny, but in a more intelligent way than most of the films humour.


            Allotta Fagina (Fabiana Udenio) - Another of Evil's assassins sent out to help kill Powers. It's not hard to work out the gags that are made about her name.


            Robin Swallows (Gia Garides) - Although not a very major character in the film I thought I'd mention her for one funny moment she's involved with
            Robin: My names Robin Swallows, maiden name Spitz
            Austin: Well which is baby Spitz or Swallows???


            So their the main characters in the film. I thought I'd also mention the fine sound track to the Spy Who... This includes the likes of REM and Madonna who sings the title tune ‘Beautiful Stranger'.


            So then to conclude if you are a fan of comedy then Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me is an absolute must see (as is its predecessor). Although many of the gags used are taken from the first film it somehow manages to improve on them and also remains remarkably fresh. I can guarantee that this film is Laugh out loud funny almost throughout. This has to go down as one of my all time favourite films and probably the best comedy movie ever made. I'll say it once more Groovy Baby...Yeah.

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              Brilliant Spoof of Spy movies- A must for James Bond fans and non fans.

              Everything you have ever hated about James Bond is in this film. Most especially the ending,always the loved up scene with Bond and his babe. Don't want to give too much of the movie away though. It will spoil the fun.

              Execellent for laughs , a real one to cheer you up if you fancy a giggle all night film. Enjoyed best with wine and beer don't forget the dips too.

              If you like spy movies,this is a great spin off from villains to gadgets that are obviuosly to the extreme The movie is full of funny moments and lots of great catch phrases, and it's sure to make you laugh.

              Not one for Kids can be crude the humour so get them to bed.
              Brilliant Austin Powers movie though one you can watch again and again for laughs.

              One for the ladies really who may have a partner who collects all the James Bonds and constantly bores you with the excitement you can really see how silly these films are.

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                Very funny movie and provides good base for group activity

                I want to keep it short and concise. Austin Powers is a way to forget about all the stress on oneself and having something to laugh for sometime. It is not only a comedy, it is a motivation to be funny. "Naughty things can be so funny" - I coudn't possibly know without seeing Austin Powers. Some of the phrases used in this movie are actually usable in real life with real blasting effect. It is a mentor for those who wants to be funny in life and at workplace.

                I don't want to go into details but it may seem in appropriate to some people in some way. But most people that I have met who saw it, liked it as much as I did. Therefore I would recommend it to anyone. I think it is a must see as sometimes in life a person might feel alienated in a discussion on Austin Powers if s/he has never seen it in life.

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                  This year, for the first time ever, I spent Christmas away from my family, spending it in Austria rather than returning to Taunton or Shrewsbury to spend it with my family. As a result it was a very different celebration to normal, but nevertheless a very enjoyable one, with plenty of fun. Whilst the snow fell on 27th December, I got round to watching the first of my Christmas present DVDs - Austin Powers II - "The Spy who Shagged Me". This being a DVD review, rather than an out and out film review, I do not intend to dwell overly on the plot of this film. So I will give you a very rough outline in a single paragraph and no more, before concentrating on the extras included on the DVD, as from my point of view, it is the extras on the DVD that convince you of whether you purchase the DVD or not, as well as the picture and sound quality of the film, rather than the film itself - as is the case with purchasing a video of a feature film. Plot in one paragraph: Austin Powers, frozen in 1967 and kept in a cryogenic state is unfrozen in the 1990s where he continues his swinging 60s way of life (Oh the care-free pre-AIDS era of swinging!). Ultimately the film once again revolves around Austin's battle with Dr. Evil (who is also played by Mike Myers, who plays Austin himself!). This time, with the aid of a baddie of similar stature to Monty Python's Mr. Creosote, a character known simply as Fat B'stard, Dr. Evil has stolen Austin's mojo (the thing which gives the Sultan of swing his sixties sexy slinkiness!). Along with his sidekick, Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), Austin battles Dr. Evil and Mini-Me who are exceptionally Blofeld and Oddjob-esque in an innuendo-packed caper in order to regain his mojo... Enough said... The DVD: The version I am reviewing is the Region 2 DVD. Picture quality: Obviously with a film only shot in 1999, there is less likely to be any remastering of the picture nec
                  essary, which makes the picture quality less important than on DVDs of feature films of yesteryear (some DVD producers sadly do not pay attention to the fact that the picture quality of an old film often could benefit from a few nips and tucks). The film is in 16:9 letterbox format, which displays well both on larger TV screens and on laptops - I tend to watch a lot of films on my laptop when on the train, plane or away on business - cheaper than pay per view on Hotel TVs! The picture quality for the film is unsurprisingly crystal clear, but then again this is probably due to the fact that the film itself is only 3 years old and therefore the picture would not need any touching up (oh behave!). Sound quality: The sound is Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound, which is especially noticeable when you listen to the film and extras in surround sound (as I also do on my laptop unless in an aeroplane or train!). The sound quality is particularly good when it comes to the extra music videos, contained in a hidden menu. Deleted scenes: Obviously the film was written to be added to and as well as the main feature there are a mind-bogglingly large number of delete scenes, which are a compromise of catastrophic clangers, comic quips and unscripted blunders (such as an espresso machine that obscures Dr. Evil's speech and leads to him threatening to castrate the extra!). All in all the 21 deleted scenes amount to an extra 20 minutes of smutty-humour, which certainly makes interesting watching if the 91 minutes of the film. The madcap mix is definitely well worth a look at after the main features' closing titles have rolled. Behind the scenes: As with many DVDs, there are several behind the scenes features, with a mini-documentary on the various influences behind the film, made up of actor sound-bites (e.g. one from Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Mike Myers and Heather Graham) footage shot showing the film process e.g. monitor foo
                  tage, scenes of the costumes and choreography, interviews with cameo stars e.g. Burt "A House is not a home" Bacharach and Elvis "She" Costello. Of course if would have been very unjust to have deprived Mini-Me of a featurette, and of course they've not disappointed, with Mini-Me being given the treatment. The feature "A new take, a new spin" is one that gives away the films that Mike Myers has done in other films which have been melted into one to create the character of Austin Powers. Trailers: The DVD also contains a more generous than most surfeit of trailers, with four trailers appearing - two teasers, a theatrical trailer, as well as a trailer for Austin Powers - International Man of Mystery, which was of course the prequel to AP II. Cameos: Having mentioned that the cameo stars also get interviewed in the behind the scenes stuff, there is also a section on them - with filmographies of eight of the cameo stars, with a link up to the scenes that they appear in, so that you can see the appearances that they make. Another very good feature, which has clearly been well thought-out and compiled, something which is so often neglected in films. Music Videos: Madonna's "Beautiful Stranger" was one of the songs that was specially recorded for the film, and there is a very raunchy video and performance by Madge on the DVD - well worth watching everyone's favourite naughty forty with Austin in his Shaguar... Ooh! Behave!!!! There is a full-length video, which is well worth a watch, and you can see why Madonna still turns heads. Lenny Kravitz's song "American Woman" is another song to be included with a full video, with an overdose of the Stars & Stripes throughout the video, interspersed with Lenny's trademark guitar skills on the Flying Vee that he first used in the song "Are you going to go my way" back in 1993. Again it's a
                  lust-charged video - fully in-keeping with the film it is accompanying. The third extra audio track is Mel G's track filmed in Doctor Evil's moon-base, which sees Mel G (Scary Spice) dressed up as a cross between a satellite and a robot, with dancing cameos from Mini-Me. The track is fairly typical of her, and is not really anything to write home about on its own, although it is still quite a cool little extra. The case: The box contains the standard blurb and information about the film, whilst the inlay card contains details of the scene selection, the individual deleted scenes and details of the extra features. Price: Obviously I got this one as a present, so don't know how much my sister paid for it, although I had suggested she try play.com where the film is currently on offer for an amazing GBP7.49 (ca. EUR12) delivered within the UK, which is hard to beat if you ask me! Other miscellaneous info: Certificate: 12 (UK), 16 (Ireland) New Line Home Video EDV 9046 Conclusion: I loved the film and loved the features even more - they gave me a closer inspection of the finer intricacies of the film that I missed when watching the main first time round. One thing I would recommend if you watch the film with other film buffs is to try and work out how many other films the film takes off (Russ Meyer meets Barbarella meets Goldfinger etc...). And of course, it might inspire you to refind your mojo, as it did me, where I promptly headed off to a party and had the best laugh and most fun I've had a in a long, long time - definitely a feel-good film with feel-even-better extras. Grrrrrrrr! Even the stars comment that some of the deleted scenes are now better known that the main feature - definite proof that the deleted scenes are well worth watching! Whilst the film might struggle to hang-in at four out of five, the DVD itself compensates for it and makes this a 5 out of 5
                  DVD.

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                    "I put the grrr in swinger, baby!" a deliciously randy Austin Powers coos near the beginning of The Spy Who Shagged Me and if the imagination of Austin creator Mike Myers seems to have sagged a bit, his energy surely hasn't. This friendly, go-for-broke sequel to 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery finds our man Austin heading back to the 1960s to keep perennial nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers again) from blowing up the world--and, more importantly, to get back his mojo, that man-juice that turns Austin into irresistible catnip for women, especially American spygirl Felicity Shagwell (a pretty but vacant Heather Graham). The plot may be irreverent and illogical, the jokes may be bad (with characters named Ivana Humpalot and Robin Swallows, née Spitz), and the scenes may run on too long, but it's all delivered sunnily and with tongue firmly in cheek. Myers's true triumph, though, is his turn as the neurotic Dr Evil, who tends to spout the right cultural reference at exactly the wrong time (referring to his moon base as a "Death Star" with Moon Units Alpha and Zappa--in 1969). Myers teams Dr Evil with a diminutive clone, Mini-Me (Verne J Troyer), who soon replaces slacker son Scott Evil (Seth Green) as the apple of the doctor's eye; Myers and Troyer work magic in what could plausibly be one of the year's most affecting (and hysterically funny) love stories. Despite a stellar supporting cast--including a sly Rob Lowe as Robert Wagner's younger self and Mindy Sterling as the forbidding Frau Farbissina--it's basically Myers's show, and he pulls a hat trick by playing a third character, the obese and disgusting Scottish assassin Fat Bastard. Many viewers will reel in disgust at Mr Bastard's repulsive antics and the scatological jokes Myers indulges in, including one showstopper involving coffee and--shudder--a stool sample. Still, Myers's good humour and dead-on cultural references win the day;
                    Austin is one spy who proves he can still shag like a minx.

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                      I know, I know, by now the majority of you out there are scared stiff of big time floppy sequels that suck! Austin Powers - The Spy Who Shagged Me is different, honestly! If you loved the first one then this is truely unmissable, I watched it a few nights ago for the 100th time and while it's fresh in my mind I have to praise it! The basic plot here is that Dr Evil has travelled back to the swinging sixties and stolen Austins' mojo, the essence of Austins' 'shagadelic' nature! So our hero journeys back to the place he came from to hunt him down, meeting up with a sexy secret agent(played by Heather Graham) who assists in this groovy adventure. To top it all off, Dr Evil is still trying to take over the world, asking stupid amounts of money or he'll blow the place up! He also has a new addition to the Evil society in the form of Mini Me! A tiny clone of Dr Evil with a nasty bite! Mike Myres, as if playing two characters in the first movie wasn't hard enough, ventures into a third role here. That of Fat Bastard! A 2 tonne Scotsman who seems to have a taste for babies! He is indeed the master when it comes to these different characters and portraying their various attributes. But is it as funny as the first Austin Powers you say? Can it deliver the same humour without being too much of the same? The answer is yes! The lines are fresh and some scenes will have you in tears. Look out for the fight between Austin and Mini Me - "poor little bugger"! I couldn't stop laughing, it was one of those moments where you'll either bust a rib or suddenly need to go to the bathroom! The Spy Who shagged me is a credit to the script writers and actors who all made the effort to keep the Austin Powers spirit alive yet deliver it in a new way to keep the audience entertained. I really don't think this movie got the publicity or credit it deserved, being shadowed by other big budg
                      et movies at the time. I recommend you watch it, and if you consider buying it, well this ones a keeper you'll be reaching for time and time again!

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                      After trawling through to see what dvd's I have offered opinion I came across this one and I honestly don't know why I haven't written about it before now. Austin Powers was a modest hit on release that went on to become a huge hit on video. A sequel was put into production and released in the summer of 1999 to huge box office success. Some don't like the film but personally I find it very funny for all the right reasons. The first film had some good humour but by far the funniest thing was Dr Evil and his inept style of world domination. In the sequel he's featured far more heavily and provides most of the best jokes. The plot has Dr Evil creating a time machine that enables him to go back in time and steal Austin Powers mojo, the libido, the essence, the life-force, what the French a certain I don't know what. With this gone Austin will be powerless to stop Evil's plans for world domination. Aiding Dr Evil this time is a 2-foot clone of himself called Mini Me who is like a vicious dog, Dr Evil still has problems with his son after taking him onto Jerry Springer and we also learn why Scott is there. Not only that but there is another henchmen in the shape of a disgruntled Scotsman named Fat Bastard. Austin meanwhile swings his way back into the sixties and gains the help of a sexy CIA spy named Felicity Shagwell. All in all it's very silly but very enjoyable. Dr Evil doesn't need to take over the world, he owns Starbucks that makes trillions of dollars. But of course Dr Evil's motto is "why make trillions when we could make -- (whoosh) -- billions? Anyway enough about the film, how about the groovy presentation and swinging extras you get on the dvd man! The film is presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. The source of the transfer comes from New Line Cinema, the kings of dvd output. It's hard to fault anything in their transfers through recent years. This one doesn'
                      ;t disappoint. No signs of print blemish, it's clean, the colours sparkle. It's great. The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is also quite good. Most comedy films don't use the rear speakers a great deal but this one does because it has a lot of action. The bass is great in Dr Evil's volcanic lair and the music throughout is well mixed. A word must be said about the menus. They are superbly animated with Austin swinging his thing and pointing out every possible selection. At moments he even speaks to you and on the region 1 if you wait for a while a phallic shaped rocket that takes you to a Dr Evil style menu replaces him. First up on the extras is a 30-minute 'making of' documentary. This features interviews on the film with the main cast and crew as well as some behind the scenes footage. It's not bad but not great. However it's worth seeing for Mini Me's make-up session to create the transformation. The deleted scenes section totals 20 minutes worth of footage. Each scene is presented in anamorphic widescreen and there is some great stuff here. Highlights include the present day number 2 rising up from underneath the covers with his 60's counterpart, there's also some great stuff with Dr Evil as he encounters problems with his frickin' rotating chair. But that's not all, there are 3 music videos from the soundtrack. MADONNA-BEAUTIFUL STRANGER I'm sure you've seen this video, it features Austin being allured by Madge in a club before telling her she’s going the right way for a smacked bottom! She replies, "I hope so!" LENNY KRAVITZ-AMERICAN WOMAN The usual kravitz affair with guitar, rocking soul and Heather Graham. Not a bad video but not really related to the film. MEL B-WORD UP It features Mini Me but that's the only good thing about it. I don't really need to say any more. The trailers section fea
                      tures the great teaser spots that spoofed Star Wars, the Phantom Menace was released around the same time so you get a play on Darth Vader with Dr Evil having problems with his kitty and his chair once more. "Dr Evil does not like to be pee peed on!" Finally you have an audio commentary with Director Jay Roach, Mike Myers and Co-Writer Michael McCullers. This track isn't as good as the first film's track but there are some amusing highlights as in-jokes are pointed out and what ideas were left on the page. Briefly you also get filmographies for cast and crew. All the above applies to the Region 2 release but of course multi-region raise it's head again and makes the Region 1 version better. Another extra is 'The Dr Evil Story'. This is a spoof feature from Comedy Central that features Dr Evil talking about his life with interviews from his family and associates. it's funny stuff, a bit promotional and probably not included on the R2 due to rights issues. Pop the dvd disc into a dvd-rom drive and you also get an Austin powers screensaver and web browser, the film's website and some game samplers. Sadly no screenplay. So there you have it. I find myself dipping into this film on many occasions for a laugh as there's a lot to enjoy. The extras are great and if you can get the Region 1 for nicer packaging and more extras.

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                      "I put the grrr in swinger, baby!" a deliciously randy Austin Powers coos near the beginning of The Spy Who Shagged Me and if the imagination of Austin creator Mike Myers seems to have sagged a bit, his energy surely hasn't. This friendly, go-for-broke sequel to 1997's Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery finds our man Austin heading back to the 1960s to keep perennial nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers again) from blowing up the world--and, more importantly, to get back his mojo, that man-juice that turns Austin into irresistible catnip for women, especially American spygirl Felicity Shagwell (a pretty but vacant Heather Graham). The plot may be irreverent and illogical, the jokes may be bad (with characters named Ivana Humpalot and Robin Swallows, née Spitz), and the scenes may run on too long, but it's all delivered sunnily and with tongue firmly in cheek. Myers's true triumph, though, is his turn as the neurotic Dr Evil, who tends to spout the right cultural reference at exactly the wrong time (referring to his moon base as a "Death Star" with Moon Units Alpha and Zappa--in 1969). Myers teams Dr Evil with a diminutive clone, Mini-Me (Verne J Troyer), who soon replaces slacker son Scott Evil (Seth Green) as the apple of the doctor's eye; Myers and Troyer work magic in what could plausibly be one of the year's most affecting (and hysterically funny) love stories. Despite a stellar supporting cast--including a sly Rob Lowe as Robert Wagner's younger self and Mindy Sterling as the forbidding Frau Farbissina--it's basically Myers's show, and he pulls a hat trick by playing a third character, the obese and disgusting Scottish assassin Fat Bastard. Many viewers will reel in disgust at Mr Bastard's repulsive antics and the scatological jokes Myers indulges in, including one showstopper involving coffee and--shudder--a stool sample. Still, Myers's good humour and dead-on cultural references win the day; Austin is one spy who proves he can still shag like a minx. --Mark Englehart