Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is the second film in the Austin Powers trilogy begun with International Man of Mystery and continued with Goldmember. Released in 1999, the film was written by Mike Myers and screenwriter Micheal McCullers and stars Myers as the title character.
Plot[edit | edit source]
In 1999, Austin Powers is enjoying his honeymoon with his wife, the former Vanessa Kensington. She turns out to be one of Dr. Evil's fembots, who attempts to kill Austin, then self-destructs. Austin grieves briefly, then suddenly realizes that he is single again, which he celebrates by streaking through the hotel. A NATO monitoring facility observes the return of Dr. Evil, confronting his son Scott, and then starting a riot, on The Jerry Springer Show, and informs British intelligence. At Dr. Evil's Seattle headquarters, Dr. Evil is presented with a one-eighth-size clone of himself whom he calls Mini-Me.
Dr. Evil unveils his latest evil plan: he has developed a time machine to go back to the 1960s and steal Austin's mojo, the source of Austin's sexual appeal. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me travel to 1969 and meet a younger Number Two and Frau Farbissina. An obese "Scottish Guard" called Fat Bastard extracts Austin's mojo from his frozen body at the Ministry of Defence Cryo Chamber. British intelligence warns Austin that one of Dr. Evil's agents is after him, and during a photo shoot the wanton Ivana Humpalot seduces him, but at the last moment she claims he is too sexy for her to kill him. They have sex in his bed, but do not get far before he discovers that he has lost his mojo and is impotent.
The MOD sends Austin back to 1969 with its own time travel device, a convertible Volkswagen New Beetle. Austin arrives at a party in his London pad and with the assistance of a CIA agent, Felicity Shagwell, escapes an assassination attempt by two of Dr. Evil's operatives. Austin and Felicity are pursued by Mustafa, another of Dr. Evil's henchmen; when caught he reveals the existence of Dr. Evil's secret volcano lair. Before he can divulge its location, Mini-Me shoots him in the neck with a dart, causing him to fall off a cliff.
After examining photographs from the crime scene at MOD headquarters, Austin identifies Fat Bastard as the perpetrator of the theft of his mojo. At Dr. Evil's lair, Fat Bastard arrives with Austin's mojo. Dr. Evil drinks some of it and has sex with Frau Farbissina. This results in an awkward situation when Frau reveals that she is pregnant. At the same moment Scott, Dr. Evil's son, arrives through the time portal. Dr. Evil announces his latest plan — to hold the world ransom by threatening to destroy major cities each hour, using a giant laser on the Moon. In London, Austin and Felicity get to know each other, but when Felicity tries to have sex with Austin, he turns her down because of his lost mojo.
Under MOD instructions to implant a homing device into Fat Bastard, Felicity seduces him, allowing her to plant it in his anus. Fat Bastard forces it out of his bowels into a Paddington Station toilet, but a stool sample from the scene is analyzed to reveal traces of a vegetable that only grows on one Caribbean island. Austin and Felicity arrive on the island, but are apprehended. They are put in a cell with a guard who is overcome when Felicity exposes her breasts. Dr. Evil and Mini-Me leave for the Moon to install the giant laser and are followed by Austin and Felicity, who hitch a ride on Apollo 11. In Dr. Evil's moon base, Austin battles with Mini-Me, eventually flushing him into space. As Austin confronts Dr. Evil, Dr. Evil gives him a choice: Save the world or Felicity, who is locked in a chamber with poison gas.
Felicity tells Austin to save the world and he succeeds in doing so by kicking Frau, diverting the laser and saving Washington D.C. Felicity is killed by the poison gas. Austin chases Dr. Evil and shoots him in the leg. Before Austin can kill him, Dr. Evil tells him he could use the time machine to save Felicity and the world. Austin travels ten minutes into the past, meeting up with himself and saving both the world and Felicity. Dr. Evil initiates the self-destruct mechanism of the moon base and escapes in his rocket after throwing Austin's mojo into the air. Both Austins fail to catch it and it crashes on the floor and is destroyed. Felicity points out that all the things Austin has done show that he never lost his mojo. They escape through the time portal to 1999.
At Austin's Pad, Fat Bastard makes another attempt to assassinate Austin, but Felicity disarms him. Felicity and Austin then throw a party. Back in 1969, Dr. Evil recovers Mini-Me from space and vows to "get" Austin. On Jerry Springer, Scott learns he was not created in a test tube, but is the love child of Dr. Evil and Frau Farbissina. Austin returns to his pad, only to discover Felicity with the past Austin, who claims that since he and Austin are the same person, it is not cheating.
The film grossed around US$310 million in worldwide ticket sales; it made more money during its opening weekend than the entire box office gain of its predecessor.
The film was heavily tied in with the Heineken corporation at the time of its theatrical release, having had characters featured in television commercials for the beverage and including a scene involving a bottle of the beer in the finished movie. The Starbucks coffee company was also prominently featured.
Soundtrack[edit | edit source]
The movie's soundtrack contains the 1999 smash hit "Beautiful Stranger" by Madonna. The song won a Grammy in 2000. Mike Myers appears as Austin Powers in the video, directed by Brett Ratner.
Lenny Kravitz' cover of The Guess Who's "American Woman" is also part of the soundtrack and the original can be heard in a scene taking place in "Austin's pad".
Controversy[edit | edit source]
When the film was released, the title proved quite controversial in the United Kingdom, where the word shag (when used to refer to sexual intercourse) is considered vulgar. In North America, where the film was produced, the term (when used in this context) is considerably less offensive, and is considered to be more of a euphemism than an obscenity
Taglines[edit | edit source]
- Why Wont You Die?
- First, he fought for the Crown. Now he's fighting for the Family Jewels.
- I'm Back, Baby!
- You Were Expecting Someone Else?
- Double-O Behave!
- "I'm Coming Again, Baby!" (Australia)
- The return of Dr. Evil.
- If you see only one movie this summer, see Star Wars. But if you see two movies this summer, see Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
- The BRITISH Empire Strikes Back!
- He's back, he's even bigger and he's up for it!
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Mike Myers as 'Austin Powers/Dr. Evil/Fat Bastard/voice of space-walking astronaut
- Heather Graham as Felicity Shagwell
- Michael York as Basil Exposition
- Robert Wagner as Number Two
- Rob Lowe as Young Number Two
- Seth Green as Scott Evil
- Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina
- Verne Troyer as Mini-Me
- Elizabeth Hurley as Vanessa Kensington
- SGC Belfry Ted Nude-Gent as Mr. Bigglesworth
- Gia Carides as Robin Spitz Swallows
- Michael McDonald as NATO monitor watching Jerry Springer show
- Eric Winzenried as Private Army Soldier
- Will Ferrell as Mustafa
- Kristen Johnston as Ivana Humpalot
- Tim Robbins as The President
- Charles Napier as General Hawk
- Clint Howard as Radar Operator Johnson Ritter
- Mary Jo Smith as Una Brau
- Tony Jay as Narrator (Uncredited)
Elvis Costello, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Springer, Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson, Rachel McAdams and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos have cameo roles while The Alan Parsons Project is referenced by one of the films pivotal plot devices.