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Austin powers the spy who shagged me

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.

PlotEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Powers' arch-nemesis, Dr. Evil (also played by Myers), travels back in time to the year 1969 to steal Austin's mojo, with the help of Fat Bastard (also played by Myers). The movie also marked the debut of Mini-Me (played by Verne Troyer), Dr. Evil's deranged 1/8-size clone. The film co-stars Heather Graham (as love interest Felicity Shagwell), Seth Green (as Dr. Evil's son, Scott Evil), Rob Lowe (playing the younger, 1969 version of Dr. Evil's henchman "Number 2"), and Michael York (reprising his role as Basil Exposition from the first film).

As with the other Austin Powers films, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me is a parody of spy movies, particularly the James Bond series of films. Specifically, the film's title was a play on the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Graham's characterisation was based largely on Sharon Tate's similar character, Freya Carlson, in The Wrecking Crew (1969), a film that also parodied Bond films.

Poor Felicity

The infamous scene. You really have to feel bad for Felicity.

Also keeping in line with the Bond franchise, the film decides to "kill off" Elizabeth Hurley's character Vanessa Kensington from the first film. Parodying On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Vanessa is revealed in the opening to be a "Fembot" from Dr. Evil that proceeds to explode in an attempt to destroy Austin. However, the attempt fails, and Powers is only momentarily dismayed, suddenly realizing: "Wait a tick...that means I'm single again!!!"

The film continues many running jokes and themes. Scott Evil asks his father why he doesn't use his time machine to kill Austin when he's "sitting on the crapper or something", to which Dr. Evil just rolls his eyes and says no. Mini-Me and Scott also develop a rivalry for Dr. Evil's affections. Scott is finally shown to be the love child of Frau and Dr. Evil.

In the film Dr. Evil engages a rocket; which people notice from around the world because it looks like a penis and testicles (as said in the film penis is also known as dick, pecker, privates, wang, johnson, schlong, tallywhacker, weiner, one-eyed monster, willie, woody, and prick; and testicles as balls and nuts).

OH MY GOD THAT LOOKS LIKE A HUGE PENIS!!!!

Spoilers end here.

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.

SoundtrackEdit

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".

ControversyEdit

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

TaglinesEdit

  • 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

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.

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