Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

New Line

Cast: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner.

Rating: PG-13

Run time: 90 mins

Genre: Comedy

Verdict: Beautiful (see rating system)

The first and best of the Austin Powers franchise is a shagadelic laugh a minute, baby!

That's because the idea was fresh and inventive - a James Bond-style secret agent frozen in the 1960s is revived in 1997 to fight an evil genius bent on world domination. (The second and third films wore thin and I could well do without the Fat Bastard character).

It's a great spoof of the James Bond, Matt Helm-type spy capers of the 1960s. For Dr. Evil think Goldfinger, for the Bond girls like Pussy Galore think Mrs. Kensington. Mike Myers, who grew up with this stuff thanks to his English father, lovingly mocks the genre here.

However, his character isn't exactly the suave Sean Connery-type - Austin Powers has buck teeth, a Flower Power sense of dress and he'll sleep with anything female. Quite a shock to wake up in the AIDS era and discover sleeping around is frowned upon, especially without, ahem, "protection".

Myers plays Powers and Dr. Evil in this movie, with Mimi Rogers sensational in tight-fitting black leather pants as Mrs. Kensington and curvy Elizabeth Hurley equally stunning as Kensington's daughter - the woman Powers discovers when he's thawed out.

Outrageous gadgets, including robotic Fembots with breast guns, saucy shagging dialogue, a stylish big budget production and fun performances make this one of the best comedy movies.

Lot's of extras on this disc too, baby!

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