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Powers of comedy are dismembered.

Byline: Cathy Meyer

AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER (12, 94 mins)

Comedy: Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles, Michael Caine, Michael York, Verne J Troyer, Seth Green, Robert Wagner.

OUR hairy-chested and charmingly toothy secret agent is back on Dr Evil's case with help from a gorgeous new sidekick. Groovy!

It's been three years since Austin (Myers) faced his nemesis, Dr Evil (Myers again) and pint-sized accomplice Mini Me (Troyer).

When the megalomaniac and his sidekick escape from prison, Austin is called back into the fray by Basil Exposition (York) to save the day. Dr Evil has now joined forces with the rollerskating fiend Goldmember (Myers yet again), and plans to travel back in time to kidnap Austin's beloved father Nigel (Caine).

So Austin grabs his favourite flares and heads back to 1975 to join forces with old flame Foxxy Cleopatra (Destiny's Child diva Knowles) and derail Dr Evil's latest attempt at world domination.

En route, Austin crosses paths with Dr Evil's former associate Fat Bastard (Myers in a latex body suit), Number Two (Wagner) and Dr Evil's dysfunctional son Scott (Green).

Austin Powers In Goldmember is a lazy and unimaginative sequel which seems content to recycle gags from the previous two films.

The script, penned by Myers and Michael McCullers, is woefully light on jokes. Most of the big laughs - all two of them - come from sight gags: one involving a shot stolen from an old Michael Caine movie, the other an ingenious child birth sequence.

Myers, York, Wagner et al can perform these characters in their sleep, and Caine and Knowles bring sparkle to their roles.

There are a number of big-name surprise cameos too, but they have to remain top secret for fear of spoiling your enjoyment.

To be honest, the film manages that quite well enough on its own. Hopefully, this will be Austin's last mission.

Shame he couldn't go out with a bang. Yeah baby!

Swearing Sex No violence Rating 4/10
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 28, 2002
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