Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

You gotta like Mike Myers to like Mike Myers. But whether his type of humor fits into your particular craw or not, you gotta give it to the dude that when he tries to create an mood it is inimitably one of his own. Those of you who enjoyed Wayne's World and So I Married an Axe Murderer will undoubtedly be enthralled by this latest venture in which he appears (needless to say) as the title character. Those of you who missed the Swinging Sixties will have a chance to get a glimpse of what it was like in those wonderful, good old days (No, you don't have to be a geriatric hippy to enjoy the entourage). Those of you who relish the nostalgia of the (now period) Sixties' films, such as Our Man Flint, The Liquidator, Casino Royale, Modesty Blaise, and Dr. Strangelove, will now have another colorful event following at their heels to add to your list. Yes, Mouseketeers, it's your favorite wanker Mike Myer in a perfectly massive "shagedelic" ego-trip on the silver, if somewhat paisley, screen.

Austin Powers (Mike Myers), who was cryogenically frozen in 1967, is now defrosted and has to match wits once again with his arch enemy Dr. Evil (also Mike Myers) who, also defrosted, is holding the world to ransom with the help of his multinational corporation Virtucon's deadly project Vulcan. Anno 1997, Austin is assisted by Agent Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley, without the pins), daughter of his Sixties' sidekick. As the antics begin, we see Austin flying with Vanessa in his shag-carpeted private jumbo jet (including wet bar and revolving bed) toward the direction of Las Vegas. The movie is jam packed with more of the same madness. Also visible in the passing parade are images of other familiar figures such as Michael York, Tom Arnold, Carrie Fisher, Rob Lowe, and Christian Slater. Robert Wagner is Number 2.

Carnaby Street's last chance to show the world, assisted by the miracle of cryogenics, how cool it really all was. Feelin' groovy? Dig it.

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