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Austin Powers In Goldmember (PG-13)
New Line Cinema
Official Site
Director: Jay Roach
Producers: John Lyons, Michael Myers, Demi Moore, Suzanne Todd, Jennifer Todd, Eric McLeod
Written by: Mike Myers and Michael McCullers
Cast: Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael York, Michael Caine, Seth Green, Verne Troyer
Rating: out of 5


Goldmember opens with a sleek, Bond-esque sequence complete with Powers skydiving to his automated motorcycle while being chased by a helicopter. The intro seems a little too serious considering Powers’ past films both opened with group dancing bits—but then you just have to wait. Once Powers makes it safely to the ground after blowing up the helicopter, he takes off his helmet and it’s Tom Cruise as Austin Powers in a film within a film. The film’s other stars are Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, and Danny DeVito in perfectly cast cameos.

Austin Powers must save his father, Nigel Powers ( Caine) who has been kidnapped by Dr. Evil. He has enlisted Goldmember, a Dutchman (no one ever makes jokes about the Dutch, so Mike Myers has to do it) with a disgusting skin problem and a very large member, to help him take over the world. There is a strong father element in Goldmember that spools to parallel plot lines. Scott Evil (Green) finally gets in his father’s good graces and takes Mini-Me’s place. Austin copes with the childhood absence of his father, and there’s even a new twist, which I can’t spoil.

This third (and, one hopes, final) Austin Powers installment recycled many of the same jokes that didn’t smell too bad the third time around. Like the other two Powers flicks, acuity is not necessary and most of the times not preferred.

Beyonce Knowles does a fair job of playing Powers’ shagadelic sidekick, Foxxy Cleopatra, sporting a stereotypical street-wise attitude that for the most part, doesn’t distract too much. Heather Graham (Felicity Shagwell in the second coming of Powers) grated on the nerves, with her ditsy demeanor and corny candor. Unfortunately, neither of these femmes can live up to Powers’ original love interest, Vanessa Kensington, who was hip and intelligent, with a subtle sexiness (and I’m not a big Elizabeth Hurley fan).

Fred Savage returns to the big screen as the “Mole” whose face has the mark to prove it. Unfortunately, the joke is delivered too many times and becomes repeatedly more tired, but it’s good to see Savage back in the business.

The eagerly anticipated Goldmember lives up to most of its buzz and doesn’t drop too many jokes. Go have a few beers and check this flick out, and it should produce a hearty share of laughter.

Jennifer Prestigiacomo

 

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