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The Love Guru

3.5 out of 5 stars 201 customer reviews

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A hilarious comedy starring Mike Myers as guru Pitka in his first original character since the blockbuster hit Austin Powers. Myers plays an American raised in India by gurus (Tugginmypudha & Satchabigknoba) and returns to the U.S. in order to break into the self-help business. His unorthodox methods are put to the test when he must settle the romantic troubles and subsequent professional skid of a star hockey player (Romany Malco), whose wife left him for a rival athlete Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake). Mini Me is back from Austin Powers and plays the hockey coach for more classic comedic moments that will have audiences laughing from opening to closing credits.

Mike Myers, creator of Wayne's World and Austin Powers, adds another character to his arsenal of comic personae. With his thick beard, curly mustachios, and easy-to-remember aphorisms, Guru Pitka (Myers) has built a reputation as love advisor par excellence--but he's still just America's #2 guru, after Deepak Chopra. Finally an opportunity comes his way: If he can heal the rift between a star hockey player (Romany Marco, Weeds) and his wife (Meagan Good, Stomp the Yard), he can appear on Oprah. But when he meets the hockey team's comely owner (Jessica Alba), Pitka realizes he must solve his own love problems as well. Myers can't resist a good bodily functions joke--unfortunately, he can't resist a bad one either, so The Love Guru is crammed top to bottom with jokes about urine, feces, sex, genitalia--lots and lots about male genitalia--along with many, many gags about Canada, drugs, elephants, inspirational catchphrases, and little people (Vern "Mini-Me" Troyer takes the brunt of these). But the Austin Powers movies were pretty much the same sort of lowbrow comedy grab-bag; though the ratio of good to bad might be weaker here, a good handful of bits offer solid laughs, including some mock-Bollywood musical numbers. Also featuring pop star Justin Timberlake (as a preposterously well-endowed French-Canadian), Ben Kingsley (as Pitka's cross-eyed mentor), Stephen Colbert (as a drug-addled sports announcer), as well as numerous celebrity cameos. --Bret Fetzer

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  • Actors: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Romany Malco, Jessica Simpson, Kanye West
  • Directors: Marco Schnabel
  • Writers: Mike Myers, Graham Gordy
  • Producers: Donald J. Lee Jr., Gary Barber, Graham Gordy, Josh Bratman, Michael De Luca
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Love Guru" on IMDb

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When you sit down to watch a Mike Myers movie realize that you have made the conscious decision to view something totally inane, slapstick and crude. On the other hand, there is another valid line of thought that would argue anyone who would watch a Mike Myers film is incapable of rational, conscious thought. A point well taken I must admit. With that said, if you're still reading this review we know what camp you fall into.

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.
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So bad. We ordered it because there was a funny Workaholics episode about the main character in this movie. We wanted to see what they were talking about, and it was terrible, but we didn't want to waste the money so sat through the entire thing. I really don't know why. haha
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Was this Mike Myers' evil twin? This was, in my memory, the worst movie I have ever seen. The constant repeatativeness and forced "jokes" down your throat are almost maddening when I consider how much I've like Mike Myers' movies before this. The "character" seems so much like the Austin Powers characters I wonder if this is all he has to offer us now. I enjoyed the music but if a movie is so bad that I have to focus on the music for a positive, that's a really bad movie. Honestly, I would not buy this and I bet those trying to hurry and get rid of their copies of this movie are having a hard time. I hope Mike can come back from this and not have it ruin how people will remember him.
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Remember when Mike Myers was funny? Yeah, me neither. This movie has completely overridden any memories of comedic competence from Myers in my mind. Opening with a rousing version of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" on the sitar (please, no more: my ears are bleeding...,) the film promptly reveals its raison d'être: jokes about reproductive organs and bodily functions that fifth grade boys would be embarrassed by. This movie is so truly unfunny, I don't know where to start.

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.
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The problem with this movie is that it's one of the least funny comedies ever created. Ever. Not only did I stop watching Love Guru half-way through the movie - something I have NEVER done before - but during that time, the unthinkable happened: I looked down upon Jessica Alba. In all seriousness, Alba's next movie could be a 90-minute monstrosity with her kicking house-pets, burning down soup kitchens, and feeding toddlers to hyenas, and I'd still probably look favorably upon her performance. So why is this so bad?

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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