Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (USA, 1997)
Directed by Jay Roach
Starring Mike Myers, Liz Hurley, Michael York, Mindy Sterling
Much like the Bond series which it parodies, the Austin Powers series has become an indelible part of popular culture. There's barely anyone who grew up in the 1990s who can't quote from it, and even people who've never seen the film smile knowingly at the mention of "Yeah, baby!" or "Oh, behave!". And while Bond has proved many times that influence and longevity are not guarantees of quality, International Man of Mystery has aged surprisingly well compared to other spy parodies in the same vein.
The Princess Bride, the film is never entirely sure how far it wants to depart from convention, or whether its humour comes mainly from celebrating the ludicrous nature of Bond or looking down on it. This indecision, whether by Roach or Myers, makes the film far more uneven than it needs to be.
Verdict: Still pretty groovy