Austin Powers in Goldmember

MPAA Rated – PG-13
It’s 1:34 Long
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

Austin Powers in Goldmember
Movie Stats & Links
Starring: Mike Myers, Sir Michael Caine, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, Verne J. Troyer
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: New Line Cinema
Kiddie Movie: Lots of sexual innuendo. Brings the teens, leave the youngins at home.
Date Movie: If she likes Austin Powers, sure, otherwise she just might be grossed out.
Gratuitous Sex: Cleavage and talk, even of an asian three-way, but nothing naked.
Gratuitous Violence: Fighting like you would expect.
Action: Action like you would expect.
Laughs: 92 minutes worth.
Memorable Scene: The opening sequence.
Memorable Quote: Too many to list.
Directed By: Jay Roach

After laughing my way through “Goldmember,” my initial reaction was “Who did Mike Myers pay off at the MPAA to get this thing rated PG-13?” Alright, there wasn’t any nudity, they didn’t really swear too much, but there was enough sexual innuendo that led me to my next reaction – I sort of felt sorry for those parents who brought their youngins, youngins who haven’t been told about the birds and the bees, as I’m thinking the parents are going to have a lot of explaining to do as to why they were laughing at certain times in the movie. Alright, enough intro, what about the movie?

Granted most of you really won’t care about the plot because it’s always the same – Dr. Evil tries to blackmail the government for some wrong amount of money or else he’ll destroy the world, in the meantime he’s trying to kill Austin Powers. Once again Mike Myers handles the wacky characters, namely Austin Powers, Dr. Evil, Fat Bastard, and now Goldmember. Personally, I think it was one too many characters because Goldmember really has no impact. Anyway, back in the mix are the rest of the familiar cast of characters, Number Two (Robert Wagner), Scott (Seth Green), and Mini Me (Verne Troyer), but this time we get treated to a new cast of supporting characters, like Michael Caine as Nigel Powers, Austin’s dad, Fred Savage as Number Three, and Beyonce Knowles as Foxxy Cleopatra.

Buried in the taking over the world storyline is the internal conflict Austin is having thinking he has never made his father proud. And that’s really all you need to know about the story.

What really makes this movie click are the scenes I’m not even going to reveal. The opening scene is a riot, you get a take-off on the penis description montage from the second movie, complete with making fun of itself for doing so, and there are some neat plot-twists that easily make you laugh. And, oh yea, there are so many star-studded cameos that are perfectly done.

There really isn’t a way to compare this version of the Austin Powers trilogy to the others because it really takes itself in a different direction. It knows it has to have the basic story of Dr. Evil vs. Austin Powers, but this time it tends to make fun of itself for rehashing the same jokes, and because of this those same old jokes seem fresh.

If you liked any of the other Austin Powers movies, you’ll probably enjoy “Goldmember” all the same. If you couldn’t stand him before, save your money, stay home, and don’t bitch that this movie was crap. I can’t call myself a huge fan of the series, but I’ll give credit to any movie that can keep me laughing for an hour and a half. It’s 4 stars out of 5 for “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!