Jay Roach

He likes this Austin Powers thing.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) -- The only good, smart, and funny one of the series which should have stopped with this one. James Bond became a parody of itself eventually, so Mike Meyers just cranked that up slightly and added his own funny stuff. Unfortunately, he forgot what was funny about this movie when he made the next two. A

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) -- Austin Powers himself is all but missing in this movie, as missing as his stupid-idea "mojo" juice (stupid, stupid). Instead Dr. Evil takes the lead, and loses all the perfection he had in the real movie, adding Mini Me (who gives me a stomach ache with his badness), Fat Bastard, boring Heather Graham, and other -- you know -- crap that gets in the way of anything being funny. D

Meet the Parents (2000) -- Not the worst thing ever, but not really funny so much as frustrating watching Ben Stiller have to put up with all these horrible people. C

Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) -- Even more stupid characters, even less Austin, and about ten billion more pooting jokes (which can be funny if done right, but this never is). The only thing funny in the movie, in fact, are two scenes in which the major players don't appear: the opening with Tom Cruise and Kevin Spacey, and Austin and Dr. Evil as children. I wish those two scenes were the whole movie. F

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