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The Love Guru


Review by Chris Maitland

Mike, Mike Mike… what happened , dude?  The man that was responsible for the classic Austin Powers franchise has made a slight mishap with his latest film The Love Guru. This film marks the first time that Myers has been on camera, in the flesh, in six years. But after this film, you are going to be wish that he confine his roles to a certain big green ogre, where you only have to hear his voice.

Myers wrote and starred in this ill-conceived comedy.  He plays the Guru Pitka, an American who is sent as a child to India and ends up being raised by gurus.  As an adult, he hope to return to the land of his birth in style by breaking into the self-enlightenment business.  To that end, he vows to help out star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) who is distressed about his break-up with his wife (Megan Good). Not a very deep plot, true, but hey it’s Mike Myers, not Shakespeare.

There’s just no other way to say it:  this film is just not funny.  The script relies too heavily on toilet and genitalia humor, which, don’t get me wrong, can often be hysterical, but when they devote the whole movie to it?  Sigh.  The only person that steps up to the plate in this is Stephen Colbert, whose role as a drug-addicted commentator is genius and keeps this movie afloat, along with some very clever cameos.  But beyond that, Myers’ character is rarely funny and by the end of the film is just plain annoying (especially when he sings, wince).  Even Jessica Alba, as hot as she is, is completely forgettable in her role.

And Justin Timberlake’s character, if it’s even possible, is even more grating than Myers’.  His character, that of a French goalie, is completely ridiculous; he spends the entire film referencing the fact that he is… well-endowed, and it gets repetitive very, very quickly.  Not to mention the fact that his accent is probably the worst attempt at French since John Malkovich in Johnny English.

This is not the worst comedy of the year, by any means; there were a few moments that were actually hysterical, but they were few and far between, and mostly thanks to Stephen Colbert.  Mike, my advice to you is this:  just move on from this film.  Take some time off, and write another great comedy.  I know you have it in you.

2 / 5 stars 

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