Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: A light and goofy comedy which provides laughs, largely due to performances and screenwriting by Myers.


Movie Info

Less a parody of the early James Bond film than a parody of the films that parodied the early James Bond films, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery stars Mike Myers as Austin Powers, by day a hipster fashion photographer in mid-'60s swingin' London and by night a crime-fighting secret agent. Austin's wardrobe is pure Carnaby Street at its most outrageous, his vocabulary is crowded by the cool lingo of the day ("Groovy, baby! Yeah!!"), and he's irresistible to women, despite the fact that … More

Rating: PG-13 (for nudity, sex-related dialogue and humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Myers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 1997
Runtime:
New Line Home Entertainment - Official Site

Cast


as Austin Powers, Austi...

as Vanessa Kensington

as Basil Exposition

as Scott Evil

as Therapist

as Cowboy

as Mrs. Kensington

as Frau Farbissina

as Patty O'Brien

as Mustafa

as Commander Gilmour

as Himself

as Alotta Fagina

as '60s Model

as Mod Girl

as Andy Warhol

as Radar Operator

as Borschevsky

as Gary Coleman

as Vanilla Ice

as Quartermaster Clerk

as Go-Go Dancer

as Go-Go Dancer

as Go-Go Dancer

as Go-Go Dancer

as Go-Go Dancer

as Random Task

as Las Vegas Tourist

as Casino Dealer

as UN Secretary

as Mrs. Exposition

as Virtucon Tour Guide

as American UN Represen...

as British UN Represent...

as Eastern European Tec...

as '60 Model
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Critic Reviews for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (17)

We may not need as many Austin Powers movies as there are James Bond pictures, but one or two more might be nice.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

Jay Roach directed with just the right amount of period tackiness.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The originals were spoofs in their own way, too, unless you really believe that secret agents look more like Sean Connery than Aldrich Ames.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

A loving paean to Bond, Flint, Helm and their ilk (as well as a myriad of outlandish villains), the film knows its turf and only missteps when it ventures into more contemporary territory.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

It would take a stone face not to crumple at Austin's dodgy catchphrases and irrepressible sexual desperation.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Spy movie parodies are common, but Myers is observant enough to notice things that others haven't.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

True, it's filled with dated 90's pop culture references, weak dialogue, and jokes that can sometimes descend into 5th grade levels of juvenile humor. But I'd be lying if I said this Mike Myer's "James Bond" spoof wasn't hilarious. Myers does a great job portraying two characters (The Dr. Evil scenes are by far the greatest highlights of the film). It's fun stupid comedy romp, especially if you are a fan of the James Bond franchise because there are loads of homages to the Sean Connery-era.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

Never mind the 60's the 90's are dated enough jez! this film brings back so many memories of my teen years and how this film really made an impact on those times, not me...just the time.

So apart from bad personal memories what else does this film offer? well actually its pretty good and probably one of the best Bond spoofs/parodies you will see. With a wide range of Bond films spoofed it covers all the regular cliched bases, all the set ups, costumes, plot ideals that you would expect from Bond plus a lot of clever smutty humour. Actually Myers does really well with the whole British comedy thing, he does nail or encapsulate the genre very well, you could almost say its a modern 'Carry On' film.

Seeing as this is the first film its not quite as good as the second for me, everything is obviously being set up with characters etc...and the abundance of cameos was slightly worrying at first, kinda assumed it would be a mass celebrity ego trip but surprisingly it all adds to the fun quite nicely. The small cameos by Lowe and Ferrell are good (and fast) but the brief Tom Arnold cameo was probably the best if you like blatant toilet humour.

Hard to tell who this is aimed at really as there is much slapstick and childish humour but also some knife edge stuff also, lots of sexually visual gags and naughty names which are very suggestive but admittedly smile inducing. A much more easier character to get on with than 'Wayne Campbell' of 'Wayne's World' and a more universal concept methinks. Every possible stereotype is lanced, all costumes, sets, music, vehicles etc...are correctly presented as this juggernaut of the 60's era steams along with some crazy wild vintage kitsch and a performance from Myers that Carrey would envy.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Great for some yuks and pop culture references! And I know Elizabeth Hurley isn't really the It Girl anymore and she has come across as vapid and culturally unaware in soundbites, but I really think she is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.

aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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