Austin Powers in Goldmember

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Oct 24, 2005
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Pros:funny, funny, funny! story makes no sense, Beyonce...

Cons:jokes are reused from first movies, still makes no sense

The Bottom Line: Not as great, but still an entertaining movie.


Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

I really didn’t catch on to the Austin Powers craze until I went with my best friend and his three hot cousins to see The Spy Who Shagged Me at the drive-in during the summer. When I thought I would be talking to the girls all night working my groovadelic junior high mojo, I ended up becoming engrossed in the movie instead. The Austin Powers movies are notorious for being one big sexual reference with jokes being perverted and sometimes kind of gross. I wasn’t big on either one of the Wayne’s World movies, but Mike Meyer’s does a killer job as the International Man of Mystery, and sometimes stupidity and cheesiness can make one hell of a funny movie.

Mike Meyers stars as the international man of mystery Austin Powers in his third groovy adventure, and man is it a doozey. At the end of the last movie The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr. Evil (Mike Meyers) and his evil little Mini-Me blasted up the sky’s butt in their penis rocket. Some time has passed since they were in space, and Dr. Evil and Mini-me have returned from space to their new evil headquarters slash underground lair behind the grand Hollywood sign. As Dr. Evil unveils his next grand evil adventure, Preparation H, and describes how he’s getting help from a guy so obsessed with gold his name is Goldmember (Mike Meyers), Austin Powers ruins his parade and catches him.

Wow, the evil villain caught in the first act? That’s unheard of. Well, once Dr. Evil is sentenced to a maximum security prison, Austin is knighted by the Queen of England. Though, to Austin’s surprise, his father Nigel Powers (Michael Caine) has been kidnapped by Goldmember and taken back to 1975. Now, Austin has to go to Dr. Evil to find out where his father has been taken to. He makes a deal to have Dr. Evil transferred to a regular prison with his precious mini-me if Dr. Evil tells him who has his father is, and goes back in time to save his father. The story moves along really fast in Goldmember, and when it goes from Dr. Evil talking about using Goldmember’s tractor beam to Austin’s “faja” being kidnapped and taken back to the 70’s, to Dr. Evil in jail, it can be kind of confusing. I’m still trying to figure out how Dr. Evil went from space to jail and was able to devise his plan with Goldmember. I guess director Jay Roach didn’t feel that it was important enough to include.

They focus on the sappy father/son moments a lot in Goldmember, with a heavy emphasis on Austin's father never being there for Austin when he really needs it. Some of my friends thought it was stupid and that the movie would have been better off without the mushy moments, while I didn't mind them. There's even a "big" twist at the end with Austin, Dr. Evil, and his father that came totally out of left field. There's even a scene that explains why Dr. Evil hates Austin Powers so much which is interesting. If you are more on the serious type or are easily offended by dirty jokes, the constant sex innuendos and raunchy jokes in Goldmember will probably make you sick. Like Wayne’s World, Dumb and Dumber, or Ace Ventura, Goldmember makes absolutely no sense most of the time. The story may not be great, in fact it’s downright stupid, but it’s so damn funny that nothing has to make sense for anyone to enjoy it.

I’m sure that a majority of people would agree that the characters are really funny and give a reason to watch Austin Powers. The way Dr. Evil acts and talks cracks me up simple enough, and with mini-me copying everything that he does, they’re a hilarious duo. Beyonce Knowles stars as Austin’s female partner in crime, Foxxy Cleopatra. It’s actually a surprise that her name is so censored. If you’ve seen the other two movies you’d know what I’m referring to by that. Beyonce is eye-candy for the male crowd (and some females if they’re into that kind of thing), and likes to say “sugar” so much that it gets really annoying. Seth Green also stars as Scotty Evil, Dr. Evil’s not-so-evil son that gets in funny little tiff’s with his dad that make absolutely no sense. Fred Savage from the The Wonder Years tv series even makes an appearance as Number Two's sidekick, Number Three.

The most intriguing part about all of the Austin Powers movies is Mike Meyers playing the roles of multiple main characters. He plays Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, as well as Fat Bastard (introduced in The Spy Who Shagged Me), and now the gold obsessed Goldmember. He may be a comical genius to some, while others may love him, but it’s undeniable the way he can give each character their own personality. Out of all of his characters, Fat Bastard has to be the funniest one of the bunch. Fat Bastard is in fact a very obese man, which provides numerous fat, crap, and farting jokes in the movie.

Overall
A lot of the jokes used in Goldmember have simply been reused from the first movies in new ways, so they are still funny and entertaining. There are also less noticeable sex innuendos that you have to kind of think outside of the box to understand, such as when Austin Powers meets two really hot Asian chicks named Fook Mi and Fook Yu. The bottom line is you couldn’t watch the first two Austin Power movies with a serious attitude, and the same holds true for Goldmember. It’s a sure guarantee that you won’t enjoy the movie. If you watch it with an open mind though it’ll make you laugh.


Recommend this product? Yes


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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