Goldmembers Only
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Review by Ross Anthony

Austin Powers in Goldmember Bursting onto the screen with an over the top hysterical action scene (which freeze frames for title credits) then bouncing that momentum off every funny bone in the house with some hilarious surprises that I won't spoil here, Austin Powers reminds us all that he's got more than his mojo back.

For those new to the game. Austin Powers (Mike Myers), a sort of 007 spoof, was frozen from the 60's then thawed out in more modern times. In Goldmember, Powers must go back to 1975 to rescue his father (Caine). Of course, Dr. Evil (also Myers) and his clan of baddies are back and teaming up with a Dutchman who has a gold-plated you know what - also played by Myers.

Front-loaded with laughs, the film hits and misses from there with Myers taking so many shots that a ratio of 2 to 1 still keeps a rather consistent smile on one's face. Shamelessly resorting to below the belt humor and pee-related sight gags that might even cause Tom Green a grimace; still, Myer's energy and the silliness of it all eventually prevail.

I particularly enjoyed Austin's Curly Howard-esque reactions to a mole on the lip of a double agent played by Fred Savage. And Dr. Evil's adamant disgust with the skin-eating Dutchman. There's also a Dr. Evil/Mini Me prison rap number that's sure to give you a kick.

Mike Myers comments, "I was blown away when the first two films ["International Man of Mystery" 1997 and "Spy Who Shagged Me" 1999] found the audience they did. The only reason we decided to do a third one was to honor the fact that people followed us through one and two. We wrote it from a backwards approach and explained the origins of the worlds of Austin and Dr. Evil. It was strangely easy to connect all the stories. It was screenwriting meets Mad Libs."

  • Austin Powers in Goldmember. Copyright © 2002. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Mike Myers(x4), Beyonce Knowles, Seth Green, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer (Mini Me), Michael Caine, Fred Savage.
  • Directed by Jay Roach.
  • Screenplay by Mike Myers & Michael McCullers.
  • Produced by Suzanne and Jennifer Todd, Demi Moore, Eric McLeod, John Lyons & Mike Myers at New Line/Gratitude Internationa/Team Todd/Moving Pics.

Grade..........................B+ (Strong)

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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