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The Love Guru (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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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While I do agree that the movie is quite charged with silly jokes and it's just plain stupid at moments, I was able to remember why I'd enjoyed it all those years ago.
It's got quite a few important messages about self-love and self-respect. That is basically what the whole movie is about.
Wonderfully, this time I was able to understand that for Deepak Chopra to agree to be in this movie, there must have been a reason. It makes absolute sense, that in order for Western societies to feel compelled to watch this movie, it had to appeal to the meanings and symbolism in said societies, in a way or another. And what better than a game of ice hockey, business management and some romance to lure the publics in?
There is definitely more than just a silly comedy and it's there in plain sight, filled with very important messages. And I think that makes the movie worth the watch and the few times it'll make you laugh.
Myers wrote the movie along with Graham Gordy. They went with the multiple jokes per scene theory and it really worked. Some of it is slapstick. Some of it is sight gags, but most of it is just funny and often times immature jokes. The ending which is the Stanley Cup Finals is especially good. I’ve never watched hockey but I found it entertaining.
If you liked the Austin Powers trilogy starring Myers you’ll like The Love Guru. Timberlake and Colbert deserve special mention as well. Timberlake plays an over the top French Canadian hockey player that loves Celine Dion. Colbert makes ridiculous comments about sports in every scene he’s in.
Overall, The Love Guru is all good fun.
Colbert and Gaffigan did make me laugh once or twice though.
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Add in some great music moments, Ben Kingsley in very manic mode and a bad, bizarre performance from Justin Timberlake and its definitely worth a watch.
If you like Mike Myers you should give a try. As you can see, some people hate it, some people love it. I think this movie has an undeniable charm, and if you want to find another excuse to watch it Jessica Alba looks very cute, and Justin Timberlake does a good acting job.
I am into B movies and world cinema, but sometimes it's just really difficult to find a fun movie that has such a feel good factor as this one. Oh well, yes, it's a little bit dumb, but I had a great time. Sit down and relax, take it easy. It's not gonna be always about war dramas and psychological thrillers. Don't you think?
Watched it on two consecutive nights.