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Austin Powers in Goldmember

Austin Powers in Goldmember

If your idea of fun is one bathroom and bodily function joke after another, then you'll love watching the latest antics of the English spy with bad teeth.

In his third installment, Mike Myers has added a new character to his repertoire.  Besides creating and playing Austin Powers, his nemesis Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard, he also plays Goldmember, a Dutch criminal who likes to peel and eat his own flaking skin, when he's not roller skating to disco music.

The story, which goes in a few directions, begins with a great James Bondesque chase scene with a sports car, motorcycle and a helicopter.  We find out that the father that Austin has so many issues with, has been kidnaped and is being held in the 1970's.  So, along with Austin's old sweetie, Foxxy Cleopatra (played by Destiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles in a terrific film debut) they travel back in time to retrieve dear old dad (played by Michael Caine in his best swinging form).

They return to the present so that Goldmember and Dr. Evil's new dastardly scheme can be foiled.  It seems that the two have teamed up with a new invention that will take over the world.  They call it "Preparation H" - naughty baby!

The whole outrageous gang of wacky characters are also back.  Dr. Evil's miniature clone, Mini-Me (Verne J. Troyer), Number Two (Robert Wagner) and Basil Exposition (Michael York) return to ham it up.

It wouldn't be an Austin Powers film without sight gags and sexy double entendres.  And believe me, there are plenty of them here, so you won't be disappointed.  One especially comical scene involves Powers and Mini-Me during a physical exam, but if you ask me, just put Mini-Me on the screen doing anything, and I break up.

Directed for the third time by Jay Roach, the series has its share of fans, as demonstrated by the string of big-time stars that appear in cameos.

The shagadelic spy borrows liberally from Silence of the Lambs, James Bond and a number of blaxploitation films.  He even mimics a Singing in the Rain sequence, but he remains one-of-a-kind.

Austin is groovy, swinging and sometimes great fun, but his new character Goldmember misses the mark.

 
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