Austin Powers in Goldmember
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Despite these complaints,
A critic at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops writes, "The story itself is haphazardly constructed, somehow muddling through to the end—leaving logic and engaging storytelling on the sidelines. And the sexual innuendo is in full force as it was with the first two. The cast delivers pretty much what one would expect, but director Roach could have done more with the all–too–willing Caine."
Phil Boatwright (Movie Reporter) writes, "Myers is a very intelligent man and certainly knows comedy, but the Austin Powers franchise … often has less plot than a
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) says the franchise "has become somewhat tiresome … rather like an aging uncle who insists upon telling the same stories every time he visits." Of Myers, he says, "Would that he would find a film that is actually worthy of his chameleon–like abilities." Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) also praises the star, but stops there: "Myers' versatility and talent are undeniable. [But he] seems determined to use his ferocious talent to push fans down rather than lift them up. And we as a movie–loving culture are all but begging him to do it. Put bluntly,
Holly McClure (Crosswalk) says, "I took my 16–year–old son and 18–year–old nephew to see this movie, and they both thought it was very funny. They liked the retro clothes, hairdos and jokes. I'm a fan of Myers and think he's been a genius with these three movies, but I have to admit that several scenes were gross and offensive to me." Kevin Burk (Christian Spotlight) finds it a mixed bag as well: "Basically, the film is a fairly well–crafted, low–intelligence spoof just like its predecessors. The humor usually hit its mark, but half the time it's crude and immoral. In short, if you could stand the last two, you'll probably like this one. If Mike Myers and his brand of humor aren't for you, stay away. And do not bring the kiddies (I'd leave the teens at home too.)"
J. Robert Parks (The Phantom Tollbooth) argues that critics may not be alone in their discouragement with the series. "Myers has claimed this will be the last Austin Powers flick, and who can blame him? He looks bored. The only great jokes in the movie involve a series of surprising cameos and a couple of self–referential movie gags."