Directed By: Jay Roach
Written By: Mike Myers
I was 15 when this Austin Powers hit the theaters and to this day I don’t know if I have ever laughed so hard at the theater. At the time this was the funniest movie I had ever seen and I still rank it fairly high on the list today. From beginning to end the laughter is non-stop. One of my favorite comedy scenes of all time is Dr. Evil and Scott Evil on the Jerry Springer Show, one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Mini-Me…need I say more? Dr. Evil was already such a funny character to begin with, adding a tiny nearly identical version made him an icon. Mini-Me was one of the best ideas Mike Myers ever came up with and Verne Troyer really was a find. It’s unfortunate that he really wasn’t suited well for success. He has shamed himself many times over the past several years, and when that guy dies they will write Mini-Me on his tombstone. It’s been a while since I have heard anything about him but the last thing I heard involved a sex video made public. Before that it was the footage of him completely wasted riding a little bike around the Playboy Mansion fully nude while people laughed at him.
I think this film far outshines its predecessor, much like Terminator 2 or The Dark Knight. That’s not to say that those predecessors are bad movies, they are great movies, but their sequels were better. This movie does follow several of the stereotypical comedy sequel aspects that I mentioned in my American Pie 2 post, but it brought enough fresh and new material to make it a funnier movie. I think Heather Graham is fantastic in this movie, she is super hot and not in enough movies really. Rob Lowe was well cast as a young Number 2. Verne Troyer was hilarious, and Seth Green was funny as Scott Evil.
This movie came out during the same summer as the much-anticipated and incredibly disappointing Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace. Despite the amount of money it made, the general consensus was that Star Wars Episode I sucked, and it did. In many ways I think Austin Powers saved us from the disappointment Star Wars left with us, it reminded us that great movies and great sequels were still being made. There is a point when you wonder if this movie can get any funnier and then Dr. Evil starts singing “Just the Two of Us.” This was one of the best movies at the end of a century, if you haven’t seen it you need to check it out.
This one is my favorite. I saw this in the theater when it came out and I thought it was one of the funniest movies that I had ever seen. I also continued to watch it for years. I am sure that you all know how great this movie is because you too have watched it a million times…right?
I am just going to go over a few of my favorite lines…what are yours?
“Get in my belly!”
“You’re semi-evil. You’re quasi-evil. You’re the margarine of evil. You’re the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not evil enough.”
“I will never love another man.” “That’s true.”
“You know what’s remarkable? Is how much England looks in no way like Southern California.”
“Ow! You shot me, you A-Hole.”
NEXT MOVIE: Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)