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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.

 

I really love movies and really love this blog. If I don’t enjoy the movie, I can still get some mileage out of it by skewering it here. If I like the movie, well, it’s like getting surprised with an awesome gift that you never knew you wanted until you received it and now you love it. Example: “For a Good Time, Call…” (2012). They took a romantic comedy boilerplate with phone sex as a plot device and made a movie about – friendship. Seriously. A movie about friendship with dialogue and performances so funny, it had me laughing out loud.

A good story told poorly. That is the ironic fate of “Street Smart.” This 1987 film was part of the late Christopher Reeve’s canon of cinematic mediocrity prior to his becoming An Inspiration To Us All. Reeve plays a struggling journalist. To please his boss, he makes up a story about a pimp. It turns out that several people think he wrote about an actual pimp. There’s a pimp (early Morgan Freeman), a pimp’s defense attorney, and the DA trying to nail a pimp for murder. Film noir-type hijinks ensue (jazzy background music, dead hookers, double-crosses, stabbings, Mimi Rogers, etc.).