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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Take one part Bollywood, and a heaping tablespoon of Marx Brothers and finish with a light coating of essence of The Graduate, but first be sure to remove and put aside any... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John S. Socha
Too good of a movie to not have a Blu-ray option. Come on we need this on Blu-Ray. Great cast, Great ending dance number, great comedy. I loved every character. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. A. Mccormick
One of the best date movies you will ever see. Simple, clean, good fun - with heart.Published 19 months ago by RohitATX
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