Take 2: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

"Why make a trillion when we could make... billions?"

Well we’re on a mini-marathon now, it’s official baby. Someone heard the cash cow moo-ing and they made a sequel.

Luckily for us, it’s not total dross.

Austin returns and this time Dr. Evil has gone back in time and hired someone to steal his mojo whilst he’s cryogenically frozen. 90s Austin follows Dr. Evil back to the 60s to recover it.

In terms of plot things are starting to get a little shabby here… There’s a mildly amusing self-referential nod to the camera explaining that none of this makes sense, but despite the warning it’s still annoying!

Otherwise it’s essentially more of the same. A few new characters are introduced, notably mini-me, Dr. Evil’s diminutive clone, and the budget has gone up a bit, but it’s otherwise hard to tell the two films apart.

That’s perhaps not such a bad thing, what worked in the first film works again here. It’s still silly, it’s still fun & it’s still original.

Perhaps we shouldn’t have watched these one night after the other. The sense of humour and tone is starting to wear thin but the laughs do keep coming, and in the case of Austin Powers I suppose that’s all that matters.

Oh and last night it was Liz Hurley, tonight it’s Heather Graham. Still flying high on that frontage front.

Jay Roach | 1999 | IMDB | Wikipedia