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The Guru (2003)

Heather Graham , Marisa Tomei , Daisy von Scherler Mayer  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Heather Graham, Marisa Tomei, Jimi Mistry
  • Directors: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000092OME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Guru" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer & Tracey Jackson
  • Feature Commentary with Jimi Mistry
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Theatrical Teaser Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Marisa Tomei (Anger Management) and Heather Graham (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) star in this hilarious, sex-obsessed comedy from the makers of Bridget Jones's Diary! Sharonna (Graham) is an "alternative" film actress who takes a young man (Jimi Mistry) under her wing to show him how to make it in her "unique" variety of show biz. But after a chance encounter with a ditzy socialite (Tomei), this would-be actor finds himself playing a very different part: that of a mystically wise - and totally bogus - "sex guru." Now, dispensing advice on everything from free love to sexual nirvana, he's about to be catapulted into a wildly comic, erotically outrageous version of the American Dream in this wickedly entertaining comedy romp.

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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy and funny June 23, 2004
    Format:DVD
    I admit, I get hooked easily. This time, it was the opening scene, a dance class full of women in beautiful saris. The dance was the Macarena, and I almost fell off my chair laughing.
    After that, the movie gets off to a slow start, with Our Hero (Ram) moving to America, the land of opportunity. The opportunities aren't quite the ones he expected, or even really wanted. The first was thrust upon him when a faker of a fakir falls down drunk just before a performance. The second happens when he fails to get up for another kind of performance.
    Heather Graham does a great job as a warm-hearted woman of debatable morals. Marisa Tomei also does a great job as a warm-hearted woman of debatable judgement. No spoilers, but everyone ends up happy.
    It's sweet, silly amusement. It takes a while to get going, but it's worth the wait.
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    31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Salaam Bombay!... February 19, 2003
    Seems Bollywood is making its way to Hollywood, and I'm loving every minute of it. From the marvelous crowd-pleaser MONSOON WEDDING to the cheerfully cute LAGAAN, to the upcoming international hit BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, Indian films are making their way to America, and it's about time (and no, I'm not Indian). In the midst of it all came THE GURU, a wonderful romantic comedy that incorporates sex with Bollywood musicals. Why Universal decided to limit THE GURU's wide release just days before its theatrical premiere is beyond me. Maybe moving the release date to a less competitive weekend would have been a better answer (The Recruit, Biker Boys, and Final Destination 2 all started on Jan. 31st, 2003). THE GURU is a sweet, good-natured comedy with great performances by the entire cast, some hilarious comedic moments, and cute send-up's of BOLLYWOOD. The plot is outrageous, the situations are implausible, but the movie is plain FUN. It's a superb indie-like studio picture that benefits from bright dialogue and the impressive cast. The one thing I would have liked is to have seen more musical moments amidst the craziness...there was definitely potential for them. All in all, THE GURU is a great romantic comedy. Much lighter in tone than MONSOON WEDDING and much more fun (and shorter) than LAGAAN. Although dealing with porno and sex, it is all done tastefully and not as explicitly as it could have been. A wonderful trip to the movies it was!...
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    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular and uplifting!!!! January 23, 2003
    I saw the movie the Guru twice while it was at the Film Festival here in Palm Springs, and I absolutely love the movie. It's a great uplifting film. It is hilariously funny throughout the movie. It's a very happy film with a message about finding ones path in life. The theatre gave it a standing ovation, everyone I went with loved the movie as well. I recommend it to all because I plan on buying this as soon as it comes out on DVD myself. And the music rocks!!!
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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and very funny June 16, 2005
    Format:DVD
    In this cute adult comedy, Ramu (Jimi Mistry) leaves India to seek fame and fortune in New York City, only to find the streets aren't really paved with gold. He is innocently hired to be in an adult film and his costar is the lovely Sharonna (Heather Graham), a pro who's got a heart of gold. He accidentally gains a reputation as a love guru, with the help of an air-headed socialite (Marisa Tomei), but finds true love with Sharonna.

    The plot may sound silly, but thanks to the considerable charm of Jimi Mistry and the clever script, it's really quite good. Mistry plays the wide-eyed innocent perfectly, and is handsome and charismatic enough to carry off the role of media darling. Graham has her best role to date as the endearing adult film star/girl-next-door. Tomei gives a good performance as the silly rich girl without becoming tiresome. Michael McKean almost steals the show (as usual) as the sleazy movie director. The fish-out-of-water, East meets West story has a lot of laughs and some touching moments as well.

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    11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious January 19, 2003
    What a surprise.
    From the first to the last minute I was in stitches. The storyline was fresh and original and Marissa Tomei is superb.
    It is a seemingly accurate but humorous portrayal of how superficial Americans can be in assuming anyone of Indian or Asian Nationality must either work in a Indian Restaurant or is some religious Guru as is the case in this movie.
    I would really put this up as one of the best comedies that have been released in the past couple of years.
    Get it when it is released.
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining and recommended August 30, 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    It's funny how you can come upon movies. While on a plane
    earlier in the week I saw (in parts) a movie I'd never watch
    on my own, "Anger Mangement," which wasn't so bad. An actress
    I'd never seen before, Heather Graham, had a small, uncredited
    role. I tracked down "The Guru" from the Internet, and was
    pleased that Marisa Tomei, who had a large role in the other
    movie, was also in "The Guru." There is a bit of role reversal
    here, for she has a much smaller role than Ms. Graham. I was
    also attracted to "The Guru" because I've been into Eastern
    teachings for a long time, but I am also quite aware of how
    much fakery there is in the "guru" business.
    "The Guru" is in part a spoof on gurus and how rich people
    who have nothing to do but meditate (on their navels!) will
    believe just about anything. Imagine a Indian guru of sex, who
    gets his information/inspiration from a porn star, yet thousands
    of followers think he's wonderful!
    "The Guru" simply works. The lead actor, Jimi Mistry,
    gives a great, believable, heart-felt performance. Ms. Graham
    is also excellent - the role of a beautiful, deeply philosophical
    porn star who is about to settle down with an unknowing fireman
    into a mainstream life suits her to a tea. She also shows some
    fine range in her role. The chemistry between the Indian
    immigrant and the beautiful porn queen as teacher works
    surprisingly well. Most of the secondary actors are very
    effective, especially the actor who plays Mistry's sidekick
    (later manager). The movie is about truth, being true to oneself,
    and true love. The dancing and music are entertaining, uplifting,
    therapeutic.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru
    Good seller, great promptness. The video was good, in good condition. An interesting video and I did laugh out loud and found it funny.
    Published 22 days ago by Pat Pollino
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
    A good movie, especially the hilarious Bollywood dream sequence. That alone makes this movie worth your money. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Philip C. Yates
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is a riot
    Older movie and silly but funny! Note - this is NOT a Bollywood movie this is a Hollywood movie. PG like but strong adult concepts, so not for kids.
    Published 3 months ago by Donna's List
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun
    Music is great! Dialogue is a laugh out loud afternoon. Bought another copy and sent it to my sister as a cheer-up during her recuperation from an illness. She loved it too.
    Published 12 months ago by CKS
    4.0 out of 5 stars Review
    This was a great movie. The acting was fair and I really enjoyed it! All in all thanks a lot!
    Published 17 months ago by Rene Pages
    4.0 out of 5 stars Better that you woulk think
    There is a lot of really sexy funny stuff in this movie. Both Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei are looking really good in this. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Big bad swimmer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not great but good enough
    There are more than enough laughs in this movie to keep you going. In my opinion it wasn't the best vehicle for Marisa Tomei, certainly not on par with My Cousin Vinny, but she... Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Patrick Freeman
    5.0 out of 5 stars Original for Kumare?
    We went to see the US documentary Kumare the other night (don't know how to do the accent above the e) and on our way out of the theater we heard another couple talking, and one... Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Kevin Killian
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Fun
    Not a great movie, but likable characters plus fun, uplifting romantic script = good Saturday afternoon movie. Plus, an awesome Bollywood-inspired ending!
    Published on June 14, 2012 by Amazon Geek
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Guru
    I love Jimi Mistry in any movie he makes, so I am prejudiced.
    The entire movie is down right silly but quite amusing and entertaining. Read more
    Published on January 7, 2012 by Cheryl
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