The sequel to the original Austin Powers see the franchise move to more ridiculous ground with mixed results.
The Spy Who Shagged Me continues in much the same vein as the first film with the situations and story becoming even more outlandish and the introduction of new characters Mini Me and Fat Bastard and it is this two memorable characters whom I wish to talk about as they epitomize the good and the bad of the series.
Fat Bastard is everything bad about this film. A fat Scottish man who swears, farts and makes A LOT of poop jokes a lot is so low-brow that its sunk to the bottom of the Mariana Trench and still can’t be seen. Just everything about the character is ridiculous in a bad way. Singing ‘I Want my Baby Back Ribs’ for thirty second straight is not a joke in any way… it has no set-up and no punchline and really does nothing to amuse the audience. The entire character is pathetic.
Mini Me on the other hand does so much good for this film – a miniature clone of Dr. Evil is something straight out a Bond film. Some of the best jokes in the film come from the animosity between him and Scott the biological son. Yes Mini Me still provide low-brow humor but it fits well with his character and the fact that he is small just allows him to get away with so much more. The rendition of ‘Just the Two Of Us’ by Dr. Evil and Mini Me is a highlight of the series with their synchronized dance moves and the lyrics to the rap.
The Spy Who Shagged Me is an intriguing film in relation to the original, as it provides better moments but on the whole is worse.