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If he were any cooler, he'd still be frozen, baby!
on 6 June 2011
In the film, Mike Myers plays a James Bond-like secret agent, Austin Powers, who is cryogenically frozen to be thawed in the future to fight his evil nemesis Dr. Evil (also played by Myers). When both Dr. Evil and Austin are re-thawed they find themselves in a world that is not quite what they thought. Gone are the sex-crazed drug-filled hedonistic days of the 70s (much to Austin's chagrin). Dr. Evil once again plans to take over the world and once again, it's up to the international man of mystery to save it. He is aided in his quest by the sexy Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley).
The originality of the humour is what makes Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery a stand-out film. Equally importantly, the acting by a seemingly earnest Mike Myers is amazing. He not only pulls of a geeky-yet-charming Austin Powers, but also the bumbling-but-evil Dr. Evil. The supporting cast, featuring Robert Wagner as Number Two, Seth Green as Dr. Evil's son Scott, Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina, and an indulgent Elizabeth Hurley as Austin's sidekick and love-interest are all excellent but Myers has the centre stage.
Classic scenes (and there are many of them) include one in the toilet with Tom Arnold, a therapy session featuring Dr. Evil and his son (where Carrie Fisher has a cameo), and one where Austin and Vanessa are cavorting around naked while objects strategically are placed in front of their private parts.