Teaming up with the mysterious yet peculiar Goldmember, Dr. Evil hatches a time-traveling scheme to take over the world, one that involves the kidnapping of Nigel Powers, Austin's beloved father and England's most renowned spy. As he chases the villains through time, Austin visits 1975 and joins forces with his old flame, Foxxy Cleopatra, a streetwise but stylish detective. Together Austin and Foxxy must find a way to save Nigel and stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem.
This third installment of the "Austin Powers" franchise is a very funny shambles, embellished with amusing celebrity cameo bits that range from Steven Spielberg to the Osbournes, and jam-packed with clever puns and puerile double-entendres. But for all the fun it kicks up, the movie feels bloated and chaotic. Mike Myers adds a dull fourth character, the villainous Goldmember, to a repertory that already includes Austin, Dr. Evil and Fat Bastard. Michael Caine appears as Austin's suave, still-swinging father, the British master spy Nigel Powers, and Beyonce Knowles of the pop group Destiny Child is a Pam Grier parody named Foxxy Cleopatra. What holds it all together is the manic exuberance of Mr. Myers's imaginary world, which suggests a Pee-Wee's Playhouse for eternal adolescents. — Stephen Holden
2002-07-26 | Stephen Holden | Read the New York Times Review of Austin Powers in Goldmember