10 Love Lessons From Austin Powers

The gross-out comedy trilogy of Austin Powers films may not seem, on the surface, like a source of wisdom. Reading between the lines, there are several lessons on dating and relationships that can be gleaned from the raunchy humor; here are ten of the things that Austin Powers can teach us about love.

1.Keep It Mysterious – The first film in the series, titled Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was a huge hit upon release; our first lesson comes from the title itself. In the very beginning, keep it mysterious. Leaving some things to the imagination can keep a new sweetie curious, and wanting more.

2.Humor Is A Turn-On – Surveys on dating and relationships show that men and women alike place a high priority on a healthy sense of humor, which our British spy has in spades.

3.Confidence Is Key – Despite his bad teeth and unimpressive looks, women find Austin Powers irresistible because of his unshakeable confidence in himself.

4.Chivalry Isn’t Dead – The unrepentant womanizing of the titular character didn’t mean that he wasn’t chivalrous – he turned down a kiss from the gorgeous but inebriated Vanessa out of respect for the fact that her inhibitions might have been lowered by drinking.

5.We All Wear Different Faces – In the course of three films, series creator Mike Myers played several of the most recognizable characters, all vastly different from one another. Just as he played many roles, so do those in a new relationship. Juggling all of the different aspects of our personalities in order to make a good impression isn’t very far removed from playing a completely different character from ourselves altogether.

6.Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously – Throughout the trilogy, the characters poke fun at themselves, the films and each other. Not being afraid to laugh at yourself is quite an attractive virtue, and will make all of your relationships more enjoyable.

7.The Wrong Woman Can Steal Your Mojo – Just like Austin’s mojo was stolen during an escapade with Ivana Humpalot, having an ill-advised flirtation with the wrong woman can lead to all kinds of problems in real life. Nothing wrecks mojo quite like a broken heart!

8.One-Dimensional Characters Get Old Quickly – Even some of the most devoted fans of the first film had become tired of the same old jokes by the third installment. Hiding aspects of your personality or the quirks that give you depth will eventually cause a mate to find you dull. Don’t hold onto that flat persona for too long.

9.You Can’t Help Who You Love – Regardless of her tough exterior and his poor treatment, Frau Farbissina still carries a torch for Dr. Evil. Though it was implied that she was a lesbian in the first two films, a prison make-up scene in the third movie indicates that she still harbors feelings for him.

10.Fear Of Rejection Makes You Bitter – The villainous Fat Bastard’s actions stem from his self-loathing and fear of rejection; that same fear causes many people to alienate those who care about them in order to avoid being hurt. This behavior can leave one lonely and bitter; Fat Bastard’s character teaches us that accepting ourselves is the first step to allowing others to love us.

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