Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

 
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Release date: June 11, 1999

Based on: characters created by Mike Myers

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Elizabeth Hurley

Budget: $33 million

Box office: $312 million

 

Dr. Evil has returned and plans to travel back in time so he can incapacitate Austin Powers.

 

The sequel to a film which was funnier than it had any right to be, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me had the task of continuing with making fun of common spy tropes while following up with favorite characters and putting them in an engaging storyline. The end result was a film just as good as its predecessor if not better in some aspects. It starts satirizing the spy films early on with a far-fetched and hilarious gag concerning why most characters in those films find themselves with a new leading lady each time and goes on from there in increasingly absurd ways. It even plays with the overdone climax of choosing the girl over saving the world quite cleverly.

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Additionally, the humor that doesn’t come from it’s spoofing persists in landing fairly well as the film takes itself just as seriously as the first one did. Whether it’s a running joke from the first film or the many created specifically for this time around, barely a moment goes by in this film without something being thrown at the audience. Once again, there are some sexual jokes and gross-out humor, but they remain funny on multiple levels and some even add depth to certain characters. There may be one or two mistimed jokes, though they are quickly overshadowed by others launching immediately after, giving the audience no time to dwell on them.

This film also explores more of Myers’ ability as a character actor in his portrayal of three different characters. He does well in his portrayal of all of them, too, maintaining the characterization of the first two he wrote and creating a unique third with his own distinct personality and quirks. It’s easy to see he’s having fun with each one of them. Likewise, it’s obvious the other actors are still enjoying their roles as the straight men to Powers and Dr. Evil.

This film is definitely a must-see for fans of the first and can be enjoyed by anyone with an appetite for the absurd.

Awards

Won

American Comedy Awards, USA

  • Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) (Mike Myers)

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures (For the song "Beautiful Stranger")

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • Favorite Actress - Comedy (Heather Graham)
  • Favorite Villain (Mike Myers)
  • Favorite Soundtrack (Internet Only)

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • BMI Film Music Award

Canadian Comedy Awards

  • Film - Performance - Male (Mike Myers)
  • Film - Writing - Original

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Comedy (For the trailer #1)

Grammy Awards

  • Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (For the song "Beautiful Stranger")

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Home Video Packaging
  • Best Original Song (For the song "Beautiful Stranger")

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best On-Screen Duo (Mike Myers & Verne Troyer)
  • Best Villain

MTV Video Music Awards

  • Best Video From a Film 

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Music, Original Song (For the song "Beautiful Stranger")

Teen Choice Awards

  • Film - Choice Comedy
  • Film - Choice Sleazebag (Mike Myers as Fat Bastard)

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Makeup

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film
  • Best Actress

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • Favorite Actor - Comedy (Mike Myers)
  • Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy (Mindy Sterling)
  • Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy (Verne Troyer)

Brit Awards

  • Best Soundtrack

Costume Designers Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Period/Fantasy Film

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Original Song - Motion Picture (Song: "Beautiful Stranger")

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best of Show
  • Best Comedy (For the trailer #2)

Grammy Awards

  • Best Soundtrack Album

Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards

  • Best Period Makeup - Feature
  • Best Special Effects Makeup - Feature (For "Mike Myers as Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, and Vernon Troyer as Mini Me")
  • Best Special Effects Makeup - Feature (For Mike Myers as Fat Bastard)
  • Best Period Hair Styling - Feature

Kids' Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie
  • Favorite Movie Actor (Mike Myers)
  • Favorite Movie Couple (Heather Graham & Mike Myers)
  • Favorite Song from a Movie (For the song "Beautiful Stranger")

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Sierra Awards

  • Best Costume Design

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Movie
  • Best Comedic Performance (Mike Myers)
  • Best Musical Performance (Mike Myers & Vernon Troyer, for the song "Just the Two of Us)
  • Best Fight (Mike Myers & Verne Troyer)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Teen Choice Awards

  • Film - Choice Chemistry (Mike Myers & Mindy Sterling)
  • Film - Movie of the Summer
  • Film - Choice Sleazebag (Mike Myers)

The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards

  • Worst song or Song Performance in a Film or its End Credits ("Word Up)