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Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There are times when Austin Powers drags. It can be difficult to sustain even the best humor for ninety minutes, and this film, for all of the laughs it offers, is far from the best.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A little of this sort of thing goes a long way, but no one does it better than Myers.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A funny movie that only gets funnier the more familiar you are with the James Bond movies, all the Bond clones and countless other 1960s films.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    His (Myers) affection for the era and its gaudy, bawdy movies inject this bit of fluff with giddy energy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune John Petrakis

    The key to the film, however, is the joyous performance of Mike Myers, who plays both the Beatle-mopped Austin Powers and the bald-headed Dr. Evil.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

This shagadelic James Bond spoof isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there is a near constant barrage of sexual innuendo in this James Bond spoof. Parents may find the vulgar laughs and sight gags inappropriate for 'tweens, but 13-year-old and older kids will probably laugh all the way through it.

  • Families can talk about media portrayals of women and how the young women in their family view themselves. How do they balance the pressure from society to be sexy with their own desires to be a well-rounded person? Do they like the way Vanessa Kensington handles herself in the face of Austin's constant come-ons? How would they handle themselves? Families may also want to discuss with their teenagers the two approaches to sex the film presents: free love 1960s-style vs. the more uptight 1990s. Which style would teens choose today, and what are the consequences of each? Families may want to discuss the importance of abstinence or safe sex, depending on their moral beliefs.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: As with the Bond movies, the women are objects of conquest with silly names. Dr. Evil's teenage son is unpleasantly eager to go get his gun and shoot Powers.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Cartoonish violence.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Near constant sexual innuendo. Lengthy scenes involving full-body nudity with all of the naughty bits "cleverly" concealed. Several scenes involve a device used to enhance a male body part.

  • language false3

    Language: Lots of sexually themed innuendo and silly, crass euphemisms

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Swinging 60s involves references to drinking and drugs.