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Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

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Viewed at Uptown Cinemas
Rated PG; running time of 98 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Written by: Mike Myers and Michael McCullers
Directed by: Jay Roach
Cast: Mike Myers, Michael Caine, Beyoncé Knowles, Fred Savage, Michael York, Robert Wagner, Seth Green, Mindy Sterling, Verne J. Troyer

WARNING - SPOILERS BELOW.

The Digest

Life in the present time is still "groovy, baby" for British Spy Austin Powers (Mike Meyers) . He is so well respected that he is even knighted by the Queen. This occasion is mired by the fact that his ever-absent father, Nigel Powers (Michael Caine), is not there to show support - again. This cuts Austin deep, but he sets all of his pain aside when he learns that his father has been kidnapped by the evil Goldmember (also Mike Myers) and transported to 1975. Austin packs up his "Stainkin' Lainkin" (that would be a Lincoln Continental) and is transported back to 1975.

With the help of undercover agent Foxy Cleopatra (Beyoncé Knowles), Austin must bounce back and forth through time to rescue his father and thwart Goldmember and once again stop his arch enemy, Dr. Evil (Mike Myers).

The Dish

Goldmember didn't quite live up to The Spy Who Shagged Me but it was pretty darn close. I found myself laughing at some of the same old silliness even if it's getting tired and old. I can no longer muster a laugh for Fat Bastard. I can only be grossed out so much before it wears on me. One of the most refreshing aspects of this particular outing was the cameos. I don't think I ever laughed so hard at Cameo appearances. I won't tell you who the cameos are, but pay close attention to the first 5 minutes and make sure you stay through the credits.

Beyoncé Knowles was surprisingly good. Let's be real this was no award winning role, but I found her to be comfortable in front of the camera and she didn't do half bad. She was actually quite good given that she hasn't had much training. The other supporting cast members where hilarious as usual and the new supporting player, Michael Caine, fit right in with the group. I did have a slight problem with the jail scene. I understand that it was satire, but it still made a little uneasy. Whenever Dr. Evil needs to get with somebody's program, he instantly channels someone black. Sometimes that bothers me, but I guess I could look at as if it is flattery. And on the other hand, the way Mike Myers dogs out the Brits, I probably have absolutely nothing to complain about.

The Directive

I don't think you'll regret spending your money on this one. You know going in that it's going to be silly and stupid, so your expectations should be low in the first place. However, as I said before, some of this stuff is just getting ridiculous. I'm sick of seeing Fat Bastard being nasty and on the toilet.
Yellow

Not quite golden


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