He's a shagadelic stud, sure, but even Austin Powers' stamina wears out after awhile. For this third go-around, Mike Myers' swingin' spy from the '60s shows signs of fatigue as he flies through time to rescue his dad (Michael Caine) from a new enemy, Goldmember. The plot is thinner than Dr. Evil's hair, and the movie is quickly reduced to a hit-and-miss collection of bits.
When they work, though, yeah baby, they nail it (the cameo-filled opening is a gem). But when they crash, it gets ugly...and worse, boring. Myers' smashing good nature carries the film well enough, while Caine adds some dignified humor and Beyoncé Knowles (as Powers' latest sidekick) carelessly tosses about '70s catchphrases like she's Pam Grier. Good, but--sorry Austin--it just ain't as satisfying as it used to be.