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Aust Powers II

reviewed by Vivian Rose, age 14, from US

You know there's nothing groovier than Austin Powers (Mike Myers), swinging sixties' spy transported to the nineties after being cryogenically frozen for a few decades. Not only is his nemesis, Dr. Evil (also portrayed by Mike Myers) quite fascinating, but he's remarkably likeable as well.

Of course, there's a whole cast of crazy characters in this wild 60's spoof. Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham) is Austin's new girlfriend (don't even ask what happened to his love interest from the first movie, Vanessa Kensington). Mini-Me is Dr.Evil's clone - one-eighth Evil's size. I also think that Dr. Evil's beautiful, hairless Sphynx cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, deserves his due recognition (he does get his own clone, which is nice).

Austin meets up with Dr. Evil again in the 90's, only to travel through time back to the 60's, when and where Evil has stolen Austin's mojo. (It's not as confusing as it sounds.) While in the 60's, Austin meets Felicity and has lots of spy adventures.

Okay, so "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" relies a bit heavily on bathroom humor and sight gags. It IS funny. And, if you ask me, it's actually quite brilliant, if you think about it. You don't have to have been around in the 60's to enjoy this wacky, fun film.

Mike Myers is probably the most talented comedian to grace the silver screen since Jim Carrey gave us such splendid characters as "Ace Ventura". You have to give Myers even more credit for playing several different characters in the same film - that shows his versatility as an actor and comedian. (I was reminded of Eddie Murphy's multiple roles in "The Nutty Professor".) The other actors complement Myers well.

I'm hoping there will be a third "Austin Powers" movie. Long live Austin Powers - and Dr. Evil (what would Austin be without him?) - and Mr. Bigglesworth (what would Dr.Evil be without him?).

My rating: 4 stars

Rating : Rated PG-13 (For sexual innuendo and crude humor)

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