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The Love Guru (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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In the '08 film `The Love Guru' Mr. Myers plays Guru Pitka, the second most popular spiritual teacher in the Occidental world, second to Deepak Chopra of course. Guru Pitka finally gets the opportunity to possibly move out of the number two position when he's hired by the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team (Jessica Alba) to restore the broken marital relationship between their star player and his estranged wife who has moved in with the Los Angeles Kings well endowed goalie (Justin Timberlake). If he's successful he will not only be handed a two million dollar check but has been promised a booking to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show! As you should have already guessed his spiritual instructional methods are, shall we say suspect and the storyline loaded with the usual gag routines, inside jokes and shots at anyone and everyone. In other words typical Mike Myers faire.
Hey, it could be a lot worse, Jessica Alba is gorgeous, diminutive Vern Troyer is adorable as the Maple Leafs coach and Justin Timberlake is surprisingly entertaining. There is definitely an audience out there for this one and you know who you are. For everyone else a couple beers before viewing might by in order.
While there are a couple of amusing bits skewering the whole pop-enlightenment culture (I have no idea how they actually got Deepak Chopra to be involved with this project,) e.g. presentations taking you "from 'nowhere' to 'now-here,'" the jokes are absolutely stultifying, but if it's scatological it's covered: I never again need to contemplate a urine mop battle, if that gives you some idea about what we're dealing with here.
There is talent aplenty on display, and an astonishing list of cameos far too lengthy for me to remember: Val Kilmer, Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, Jim Gaffigan and Stephen Colbert, just off the tip of my brain. Gaffigan and Colbert are color commentators and hockey broadcasters that get some of the funniest bits of the film (which isn't saying much,) while even Oprah (!) gets a moment of glory to bask in. Likewise there are big names in the cast: Ben Kingsley plays the perpetually cross-eyed Guru Tugginmypudha (yes, that's the level of comedy being served) and Jessica Alba represents the Toronto Maple Leafs management. Oh didn't I mention this movie is all about hockey? Sadly it is, and it's enough to make hockey fans weep. Due to a love triangle of idiotic proportions, Alba needs Guru Pitka (Myers) to help Toronto win the Stanley Cup. Just think about that concept for a second.Read more ›
Well, it's not me. Into-Me-I-See. I laughed hard at Super Troopers, Old School, Superbad, and Talladega Nights, so I'm a big fan of juvenile humor. I quote daily from the three Austin Powers movies, as well as Wayne's World, so it's not Mike Myers. I compared the Feast series to the Godfather series, and Johnny Knoxville consistently makes me laugh, so it has nothing to do with vulgarity. I love Jessica Alba and midgets, so it's not Jessica Alba or Verne Troyer. I even enjoy B-movies, so it's not the fact that this is a B-movie.
As far as the "plot" goes, Guru Pitka (Myers) is an American self help guru who learned his skills in India from cross-eyed Guru Tugginmypudha (Ben Kingsley) (ba-dum-cha!). Pitka is hired by a Jane Bullard (Alba), to help her emotionally dysfunctional hockey team (ba-dum-cha!). Full of idiotic catch phrases and acronyms, Pitka hopes to dethrone Deepak Chopra as one of the resident mumbo-jumbo experts on the Oprah Show (ba-dum-cha!). Midget joke here (ba-dum-cha!), genitalia joke there (ba-dum-cha!).
Make no mistake; it looks big budget. The cast, crew, and everyone involved: top notch. There are even big name cameos like Val Kilmer. The problem is it's just not funny. Just look at the name of Kingsley's character again to see how bad the comedy is. I'm hoping this is the B-material he wanted to get out of the way before Austin Powers 4.
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This movie gets a lot of bad ratings and it certainly could have been better, but it has some very funny parts and if you like Mike Myers you should like the film. Read morePublished 3 months ago by ArtemisOB
this movie is terrible. it has a lot of stars in it, which doesn't really help. as a follow up to austin powers, it's simply pathetic. not funny at allPublished 3 months ago by Marc Brown
I should purchase this movie as we have lost track of how many times we have watched it... If you want a great laugh rent this:)Published 4 months ago by Elaine Dempsey
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