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Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Just when our psychedelic hero is getting the hang of the Nineties, and monogamy, Dr Evil slips back in time to 1969 and steals Austin's mojo. Mojo? you ask? His 'right stuff' that which makes him the fab hero he is.

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Mike Myers as Austin Powers: the Spy who Shagged Me
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So back into time goes our hero (Mike Myers), single once again, to encounter the sixties that he slept through, and a wondrous female sidekick.

Heather Graham does it better, if you'll excuse the expression, than Liz Hurley. The female in the first film was a brilliant woman who was quickly reduced to a simpering walking sex-joke. Graham gets to play a woman as sexual as Austin, as clever and ruthless.

Mike Myers and co-writer Michael McCullers have returned to the rich material of the first Austin Powers film, and reinterpreted some of the most popular gags. The result is great fun, not intellectually challenging, of course, but pure entertainment with quite a few references. This trip out, Austin and his nemesis are put into double-time shock, bringing their nineties responses back into the sixties.

The second half of the film is not as strong as the first, and there are a couple of sight gags that stretch beyond their ability to amuse, but it's still got the right stuff.

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Mike Myers also appears in Austin Powers, 54
Heather Graham also appears in Boogie Nights, Lost in Space
Lucy Alexis Liu also appears in Payback
Due for Australian release June 17, 1999
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Title: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Written by: Michael McCullers, Mike Myers
Directed by: M. Jay Roach
Produced by: Emma Chasin, John S. Lyons, Eric McLeod, Erwin Stoff, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd
Edited by: Debra Neil-Fisher, Jon Poll
Director of Photography: Ueli Steiger
running time: TBA
rating: TBA

The Players: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Robert Wagner, Lucy Alexis Liu, Seth Green, Kristen Johnston, Rob Lowe,
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