A San Francisco poet who fears commitment has a girlfriend who he suspects may not be who she appears. (IMDb)
A lazily presented plot (about a couple that’s rather bland aside from the key point of irony that is regrettably explained away in a disappointing final twist) featuring a few too many 90s music-backed time-passing montages and laughably breezed-over detective work in its final act is dotted with enough quirky secondary characters (see Myers’ ridiculous stereotypical Scotsman, the “too nice” police chief, the absent-minded pilot–“I just had the weirdest dream…”) to make it worth sticking out.
A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place. (IMDb)
It’s hard not to appreciate the top-to-bottom goofiness here. Groan-inducing puns (Alotta Fagina), eye-rolling punchlines (“I never forget a pussy… cat”), spy satire (“I too like to live dangerously”), repetition humour (“Sh!”), self-aware trope jokes (“I’m going to place him in an easily escapable situation…”), silly plot twists (see Dr. Evil’s father-son drama), clever sight gags (see the final cover-up scene): It’s no wonder there’s only five minutes of story, and it’s better for it!
Dr. Evil is back…and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 60’s and steal Austin Powers’s mojo, inadvertently leaving him “shagless”. (IMDb)
There’s nary a hint of a substantial plot or complex characters here, but with an ample amount of often surprisingly clever humour (the synonyms for penis gags are great), the film manages to get by on pure silliness–and a good amount of self-aware jabs at its own shoddy storytelling don’t hurt either (“… just enjoy yourself!”). The multiple-character Myers is undeniably creative and while not all of his jokes land on their feet, enough do to overshadow the film’s lack of anything else.