Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1 1/2

Although he's a 1960s British spy, Austin Powers (Mike Myers) isn't quite as sophisticated as James Bond. A fashion photographer when he's not sleuthing, he favors crushed velvet suits, bellbottoms and hip euphemisms like "fab" and "cheeky." He's also got very bad teeth. This comedy begins in 1967 as arch-nemesis Dr. Evil (Myers again) fails to eliminate Austin. To escape capture, Dr. Evil has himself frozen cryogenically and launched into orbit. Austin volunteers to be placed in suspended animation until Evil returns. The scene shifts ahead 30 years, as the villain finally reappears, steals a nuclear bomb and makes plans to hold the Earth hostage. Austin is thawed out and swings into back into action, aided by Agent Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley), the sexy daughter of his former sidekick. But Austin discovers a world that has changed dramatically, with CDs replacing LPs and safe sex taking precedence over free love. Austin Powers has fun spoofing the conventions of spy flicks, especially with both hero and villain adjusting to a different era. Fans of Wayne's World will probably enjoy Myers' latest goofy creation.

In addition to his starring roles, Myers wrote the screenplay and clearly delights in being sexually suggestive while still avoiding an "R" rating. Twice Austin parades around naked, but with his private parts conveniently hidden by various obstructions; the second time Vanessa is also unclothed but covered up in a similar fashion. Rear male and rear female nudity is present, however. Austin's dialogue includes some mild sexual innuendoes, and a female character has a sexually suggestive name that can't be repeated here. Moderate violence includes gunfire and shootings with no blood, along with some fistfights with punches and kicks. Foul language isn't overwhelming, although three s-words and two profanities are totally unnecessary. Because of this undesirable language and the sexually suggestive nature of much of the comedy, Austin Powers isn't appropriate for the audience of teens and young adults it hopes to attract.

Preview Reviewer: Mark Perry
New Line Cinema, 575 8th Ave., 16th Floor, New York, NY 10018

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times Mild 2, Moderate 5

Obscene Language: Few (3) times (s-word 3)

Profanity: Many (11) times Regular 2 (G 1, JC 1), Exclamatory 9

Violence: Many times Moderate (suggesting burning of villain's henchmen, many punches and kicks, man shot with harpoon, gunfire and shootings, explosions, headless body shown)

Sex: None

Nudity: Rear male nudity once, rear female nudity once; near nudity several times (women in go-go outfits, nude man and woman with body parts concealed, low-cut outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (woman has sexually suggestive name, sexual device, silhouette of woman undressing, mild sexual innuendoes)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol drinking)

Other: Sound of man urinating, man passes gas

Running Time: 88 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and young adults

Click HERE for a PRINTER-FRIENDLY version of this review.