Austin Powers (Mike Myers) returns to 1975 and grooves with Beyoncé Knowles in this gag-packed, delightfully daft third movie. 4/5 stars
A guest star-laden extract from Bond-style ‘Austinpussy’ (featuring Tom Cruise and Gwyneth Paltrow) gets the film off to a rollicking start, before Myers moves quickly into his stride as Austin, Dr Evil, Fat Bastard and the megalomaniac Dutchman Goldmember.
The film also benefits from the injection of a beaming Michael Caine as Austin's oft-absent father. 'There are only two things I can't stand,' he snarls. 'People who are intolerant of other people's cultures - and the Dutch!'
Some of the infantile humour does wear a bit thin, but there are enough hilarious and inventive jokes to forgive the lapses. A peeing gag and a variation on the old shadows-in-the-tent routine are irresistibly well sustained - and just wait for John Travolta's big moment!
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