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Unpredictability is a key element of humor. Part of the problem with comedy sequels is that you know most of the jokes already. “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” (1999) is like listening to a greatest hits album. It’s well crafted and true to the first installment of the spy-sendup franchise, but that’s also the problem. You want some new stuff, too. And that’s another problem. Heather Graham is great as Austin’s American counterpart but the Fat Bastard and Mini Me characters are so creepy and get so many scenes, it makes the whole thing predictable AND kinda gross.

Mike Myers hasn’t made a bunch of great movies, but he has struck gold a handful of times. “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997) is an example of Myers at his best. His genius is attention to comic detail, so having screenwriter Myers star as a swinging ’60s Brit in a send-up of James Bond movies guaranteed it that would be crammed full of big jokes and little jokes (and witty asides to reward the initiated). It’s almost too detailed. The Roger Moore-era Bond films were a little hokey, plotwise. Myers seems to be mostly playing off that vibe.

 

There’s a thing about comic geniuses. Once they get their official Comic Genius Certification, they start making sucky movies, because nobody can tell them “no” anymore. Kind of like how Prince keeps saying he has thousands of songs recorded in his studio vault, but he’s been putting out crap for 25 years. Anyway, Mike Myers is a comic genius. And long before he became “The Love Guru,” he made a little comedy called “So I Married an Axe Murderer” (1993) which is dark, hilarious and stars Myers in two different roles. It will immediately make your list of “cult favorites.”