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A.J.'s Rating: 4.5 Swingin' Stars
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Directed By: Jay Roach
Written By:  Mike Myers, Michael McCullers
Starring:  Mike Myers, Beyoncé Knowles, Michael York, Michael Caine, Seth Green, Robert Wagner, Mindy Sterling, Verne Troyer
Rated:  PG-13 (Raunchy Humor)
Running Time:  100 Min.
    Swingin' superspy Austin Powers is back for more!  This time, he's battling against the nefarious Dr. Evil and a new, even more depraved villain, the enigmatic Goldmember.  Goldmember is just as diabolical as Dr. Evil, except that he's a lot flakier.  I'm not kidding.  He's really, really flakey!  And he's from Holland.  Isn't that weird?  Joining them are all your favorites; Mini-Me, Scott Evil, and yes, even Fat Bastard.  New to the game are a fresh main squeeze for our time-trotting man of mystery, Foxxy Cleopatra, played by Beyoncé Knowles, and Austin's cheeky father, Nigel Powers, played by none other than Michael Caine.  In addition, look for some unexpected cameos by stars who shall remain nameless, at least as far as this review is concerned.  Has any of this aroused your interest?  Read on!
   
    Austin Powers in Goldmember gives us what we want, and much, much more.  The story follows Austin on a dangerous mission to save his dad, who has been kidnapped and is being held by Goldmember back in the year 1975.  That's pretty much all you need to know.  After all, who goes to an Austin Powers movie for the plot?  I mean honestly! 
   
    This sequel doesn't muck about with silly things like set-up, introduction, or other cinematic foreplay.  From its opening scene on, it boldly thrusts us right into the shagadelic action, and does so in grand style.  Also, Austin is no longer the spy out of icewater he once was, and Goldmember showcases him at the very top of his form. What follows is one of the most laugh-out-loud, fall-out-of-your-seat funny comedies you're likely to see all year.  If you don't agree, check your mojo, baby!  You're running on empty!  I'd even dare to say that this is the best second-sequel I've ever seen, other than those that star Sean Connery.  (Think about it! - There are only two.) 
   
    Goldmember is also surprisingly original.  Not satisfied with the same old groove, most of the running gags from the last two Austin Powers adventures have fallen by the wayside, to make way for humor that is even more ribald and bawdy.  However, all you die hard fans out there, be assured that a couple of choice nuggets do survive.  Golden nuggets, that is!
   
    As for performances, Mike Myers continues to make a potent case for himself as the Peter Sellers of his generation.  Not only does he have the audacity to take on a foursome of roles, he also has the talent and stamina to succeed brilliantly in all of them.  Another highlight is sexy singer Beyoncé Knowles, who proves that she's got what it takes to be a feature film star, should that whole 'Destiny's Child' thing not pan out.  Though her part isn't as vital as those of past Powers women, she is just as memorable.

    So, this one's a solid gold winner.  In fact, I'll refrain from revealing more about Goldmember, since I wouldn't want to risk giving anything away prematurely, especially about its thrilling climax!  Oh, and one last thing.  I don't want to do this, but you see, its a rule that all reviews of Austin Powers movies must include the following phrase, so I have no choice:  Yeah, baby!

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July 25, 2002
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