Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Rental and DVD (£24.99) Entertainment in Video Cert 12 ***

Agent 00-behave returns in his Shaguar and achieves the world domination Dr Evil craves - at the box office. As before, Mike Myers's spoof of a spoof is awash with bad puns, movie parodies and huge affection for all things 60s and silly. In addition to the return of his early Kinks outfit, Myers dons a lard suit in his third incarnation, Fat Bastard. This is one of many instances of familiar Brit humour - did Alexei Sayle and Paul Gascoigne forget to copyright the phrase? - which will be as novel to Americans as the word "shag". There's even "dirty pillows" (Sid the Sexist circa 1990).

It's as scattershot as a Comic Strip spoof, and as scatalogical as a Carry On: his tent sketch could have graced Carry On Camping. The film dismisses the 70s and 80s in a phrase: "There's a gas shortage and a Flock of Seagulls and that's about it."

So what's different from Powers 1? Less jokes against British dentistry and a lot less Liz Hurley - whose replacement Heather Graham is always a plus - and the addition of Mini-Me, the miniature clone Dr Evil lives with in his inactive volcano - a new rival to Scott Evil, the "Diet Coke of evil" according to his dad. This is a natural next stage for dictators bent on world domination: expect a Mini-Alex Ferguson on the touchline by April.

As before, the painstakingly groovy dance sequences are often the funniest parts. Myers throws in a Berkeley-style swimming pool number too. But it's worrying, since Powers 2's huge success demands further sequels, that jokes are already repeating. There's another strategically-obscured nude sequence for Myers to display his Ryan Giggs chest-wig and the penis gag leading up to a celebrity cameo is funny once, but not twice in the same movie. And the product placement is shockingly blatant. Powersophiles will find lots of extras on the DVD as Myers, co-writer Michael McCullers and director Jay Roach talk you through the movie and point out things you may have missed - like the Hollywood hills visible at the end of swinging Carnaby Street.

10 Things I Hate About You Rental and DVD (£15.99) Buena Vista Cert 12 ****

It's so unfair. Our teens are supposed to make do with Human Traffic, Hollyoaks and boy bands while the US equivalent keeps getting these sparky, fast-moving , classics subversively updated for slaves of the high school and mall. 10 Things is set in a Seattle suburb called Padua, in which Patrick Verona is bribed to go out with the "heinous bitch" Kat Stratford after Dad decides her younger sister can't date until she does. If that isn't enough verbal nudges for you, it's The Taming of the Shrew 90s-style, slyly mixing bits of original text ("I burn, I pine, I perish") with teenspeak: "Put her in your spank bank. Move on." And why not? Shakespeare nicked all his plots. It's deftly done by two female writers and director Gil Junger, a TV regular on Ellen. The only cast member you might know is Joseph Gordon-Levitt from 3rd Rock From the Sun, but the one we're bound to see again is Julia Stiles, who creates a surprisingly touching Kat and is back on the Shakespeare beat as Ophelia in Hamlet this year.

Dark Star Retail (£12.99) and DVD (£17.99) Fabulous Films Cert PG ****

A title to bring a smile to anyone familiar with John Carpenter's 1974 space oddity in which four hippie lookalikes of the Fast Show's Dr Denzil Dexter, their cryogenically-frozen commander and their space pet (a beachball with claws) float around space destroying unstable planets ("Don't give me any of that intelligent life stuff, find me something I can blow up"). It's as cheap ($60,000) and deadpan-hilarious as a Kaurismäki movie. The last word on cyborg philosophy, surfing and bomb etiquette.

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