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We’ve Got A Few More Reviews of LOVE GURU Screenings!

Published at: April 21, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. Not to borrow the title of another of this summer’s films, but I want to believe that THE LOVE GURU is funny. I do. I am a Mike Myers fan. Unabashedly. I think he’s done way too little original work in recent years, but I’m still a fan. I like the AUSTIN POWERS series without apology. I think the first WAYNE’S WORLD was great fun. I want to believe that Mike’s going to do it again. I just didn’t love that trailer. Still... it’s a trailer. And context can be everything for some comics. So I reserve judgment. For now, let’s see what our first reviewer has to say. This guy’s sent a few things in for us before, and I hope he’s going to be able to send in another review soon. For now, here’s his take:

I had the opportunity to catch an early screening of Mike Myers’ upcoming comedy “THE LOVE GURU” in Marina Del Ray last week. There were some producers and other industry people in the crowd, but I did not catch a glimpse of Myers. Anyways, onto my review. “The Love Guru” is one stupid comedy, funny at times, but very stupid. The film will do well at the box-office. It will be a PG-13 comedy that can bring in the young crowds, which films like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Semi-Pro” were not able to do. Just because it will draw a crowd, doesn’t mean it was necessarily a great comedy. In comparison to his Austin Powers character, this is something completely new that Myers has come up with. Myers plays his holiness, the Guru Pitka. His profession is one of an Indian monk who is able to fix and mend all sorts of relationships. However, he is only the number two guru in the world, behind Deepak Chopra. Chopra was a character who was on Oprah, hence his success has since gone through the roof. Pitka gets a message from the Toronto Maple Leafs, asking for his assistance as their best player, Darren Roanoke has separated from his girlfriend Prudence and his hockey game is suffering greatly because of it. The Leafs want Pitka to come in and save Roanoke’s love-life in time for him to get his shit together and have a chance at winning the Stanley Cup. If Pitka can fix Roanoke and Prudence’s relationship, then he will finally got the opportunity to be on Oprah. Stereotypes and recycled jokes will follow. Myers was good, as usual. This character was very funny, very offensive at times, and said hello to everyone by acknowledging them in the traditional Hindu greeting of “Mariska Hargitay.” Pitka was forced to wear a chastity belt at a young age, so several boner jokes are present throughout the film, but you get the idea after the first time. Jessica Alba plays Jane Bullard the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Her performance was very mediocre, as has been her last hundred performances (Awake, the Eye…etc). Verne Troyer returns as Coach Cherkov, the height challenged coach of the Maple Leafs. Cherkov and Pitka get into a few verbal fights, straight out of an Austin Powers vs. Mini Me script. Finally, I can’t leave out the dreadful performance of Justin Timberlake. Let me say that I went into this wanting to laugh at his character, but Timberlake has no comedic timing whatsoever and he is simply not an actor. The only redeeming thing about his performance was his character’s name Jacques “Le Coq” Grande and yes his penis in the film is huge, which is why he is able to steal Prudence away from Roanoke. Overall the film had some very funny moments and some great Powers-inspired music and dance sequences. As a hockey fan, it is great to see the sport back in popular media, but who would honestly believe an LA Kings vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Stanley cup finals? When you go see a movie like this, you pretty much know what you are getting into. But if you were really unimpressed by the trailer as I was, do not fear. The movie was much funnier than the trailer made it out to be. Also, keep an eye out for a fantastic Mike Myers & Kanye West cameo. If you use this, address me as Dr. Venkman

Okay. Fair enough. Here’s another guy who apparently saw it at the same time in the same place. Let’s see if he concurs:

Hey Harry, Saw a screening of "The Love Guru" last night in lovely Marina Del Rey and thought I would share my thoughts with my fellow geeks. First off, judging by the audience reaction you would think this is going to be a smash hit and a new franchise for Mike Myers but the only word of caution is we all know the false positive you can get from a free screening (especially of a free screening to a potential summer blockbuster). But it will be very interesting to see the public reaction to the film since it is the brand of Myers comedy that may seem a bit out of vogue with the hallmark of the Apatow character-comedy era. Roger Ebert had a great quote in his review of "Stripes" - Comedy is one of the hardest film genres to work in. Nobody knows all its secrets, not even Woody Allen and Mel Brooks." And just like those two comedy gods (and more currently Apatow) have their own secrets figured out, so too does Myers which is obviously heavily influenced by Peter Sellers as well as Monty Python. All the Myers trademarks are on display in "The Love Guru" - the silly names, ridiculous puns, bizarre non-sequiters, out of nowhere musical numbers and most importantly a bizarre character that Myers completely disappears into. In this case, the character is Guru Pytka - an American who was raised and trained India by the mystical Guru Tugginmypudha (Ben Kingsley, in a role that's a nice bookend to Mohandus Ghandi). Now grown, he is the #2 Guru in world behind Deepak Chopra. Pytka is summoned to Toronto by Maple Leafs owner Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) to help lovelorn star forward Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco, playing "the Tiger Woods of hockey.") who has been in a slump since his wife left him for L.A. Kings goalie Jacques "Le Coq" Grande (Justin Timberlake playing his version of Dirk Diggler). If Pytka can help the Leafs beat the Kings to win the Stanley Cup Finals he will get two million dollars, the love of Bullard and most importantly that elusive guest shot on "Oprah." That's it. That's the plot. The rest is a chance for Myers to crack us up with ball jokes, funny faces, double entendres and everything else that we loved in the "Austin Powers" and "Wayne's World" films. You really have to hand it to Myers for creating a wholly new character instead of playing "Austin Powers" again (and trust me - with a few tweaks this could have easily been "Austin Powers 4"). As I watched this I realized that since the death of Peter Sellers and his last (and sadly one of his least creations) "Dr. Fu Manchu" there really hasn't been anyone who has been capable to pick up that huge baton until Myers. Pytka is totally someone that Sellers would have created in one of his films. This is a character that Myers hones for a couple of years before finally committing him to film and it absolutely shows. There are small character details that you just can't get out of three weeks of rehearsal. I would also like to mention the running time - 85 minutes. I guarantee there is an hour's worth of footage on the cutting room floor but this movie sticks to the rule that a comedy should not wear out its welcome. This was a refreshing change from some recent comedies which have pushed the two hour mark. In closing this is a silly, goofy hilarious movie that made me smile. I hope there is still room for ridiculous Mike Myers comedy at the multiplex this summer before we all smoke some "Pineapple Express" get some new "Step Brothers" and hear the "Tropic Thunder." If you use this call me Guru Penismightier

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  • April 21, 2008, 5:59 a.m. CST

    first

    by icedtea1996

    who gives a shit

  • April 21, 2008, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Just remember

    by ugh

    This is what happens when Universal won't let him do "Sprockets". Should be a good time, nonetheless.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Jesus...

    by Sledge Hammer

    ...even the jokes in the reviews make me groan. No thanks.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    So this and Get Smart are still playing chicken

    by CreasyBear

    and heading for the same weekend for their openings? Neither seem that hilarious, but box office wise, my money would be on this one. Get Smart is silly, but Love Guru is silly WITH COSTUMES. Edge: Love Guru.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    CreasyBear, I don't really care about box office but

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I disagree. I work with quite a few 35+ year olds. They are all talking about Get Smart. No one is talking love guru.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Feel free to debate if Allen and Brooks are still funny today...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...but if you put Apatow in the same line with these two, you are a jerk, an Apatow-Plant or believe everything that AICN tells you.<br> (I watched Superbad yesterday and laughed exactly two times, which is one more than Knocked Up had.)

  • April 21, 2008, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Knocked Up

    by Falling_Gruber

    Was offensively bad. There was no-one to like in that film. And Seth Rogen sounds like he has three tongues in his mouth when he talks. Is Superbad worth watching for the extra laugh?

  • April 21, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST

    An 85-minute running time? Nice!

    by tonagan

    You really don't have to make a comedy drag on for two hours (which usually seems to indicate that the filmmaker is trying to make it "meaningful" - though Woody Allen made some classics under 90 minutes anyway).

  • April 21, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Mel Brooks is a funny guy but...

    by TRON

    His best talent is compiling the best comedic material of others. Mel Brook's best films always had other writers along with him. Now there is a musical of Young Frankenstien with his name on top, didn't Gene Wilder write the film? A funny individual that cleans up the writing of others and knows comedic timing. He really hasn't changed his job since Your Show of Shows.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:30 a.m. CST

    These Are "Industry" Reviews That Say Nothing

    by cowboyone

    They don't say anything we don't already know from the trailer. definitely stupid, juvenile + might possibly be funny.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Reviewing Mike Myers' movies..

    by OBSD

    should be boiled down to a list of all of the stupid-ass catchphrases he uses so the rest of us can gird ourselves for when the fratboys start repeating them into infinity. Because that's all Mike Myers' moovies are good for. Fratboy 'humor' material.

  • April 21, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Nothing about this sounds good

    by Beezbo

    It's odd that both reviewers go out of their way to emphasize that the Guru character is much different than Austin Powers. In the trailer, the character looks EXACTLY the same as Austin Powers.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Mike Myers

    by Series7

    Should just wear a sign on his chest that says, Look at me I'm Funny! I mean even Sandler does straight guy comedy every now and then, though not always that good. But he doesn't have to beat us over the head that he can put on a stupid voice and make a dumb movie. I wonder if Mike Myers could just make a movie staring him, not him as some character? I guess Myers get away with it because he is just as big over seas as he is here, while no one knows who Sandler is over there. Well whatever, I'll be looking for Love Guru 2 some time in 2010. <P> Also proof that Apatow is no where near as good as Brooks, Walk Hard. A spoof of a one or two movies, Like Space Balls and Young and Sadles. Not the Zucker version of spoofing. And it was not that good. Like it had a couple of ha has here and there (and every guy spilling out of there jeans for Pam? Seriously did I miss some meeting of men that they decided that every time she is mentioned are seen you have to tell everyone how hot you think she is? Because if so girls should be happy (or confused), no longer will guys be going after that super model ridiculos type. But that bland so-so type). But I won't stop and watch Walk Hard every time its on Comedy Central like I do with Brooks movies. I know Pooptoe didn't direct it, but people are always going to remember Jake Kasdan the same way they remember his dad writing Star Wars 4 and 5 and how Irvin Kershner is remember for directing Empire. Thats to say that they aren't.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I'll Skip This Movie

    by lonestaricon

    While I do not know anyone from India, seeing someone mock their religion or culture isn't appealing. This movie would probably make me feel as uncomfortable as Bruce Lee watching Mickey Rooney's insulting Asian portrayal in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:31 a.m. CST

    I'd rather eat my own shit

    by Drunken Rage

    than watch another Mike Myers movie. Painfully unfunny.

  • April 21, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST

    Mike Myers DOES NOT...

    by BrooseTheScharuk

    ..."disappear" into a character. In fact, he frequently steps out of character for little jokey bits like the "me-in-a-nutshell" Austin Powers thing, or the "pretend there's an escalator behind this couch" gag or whatever. He's a completely unoriginal wanker who WISHES he could be half as brilliant as Peter Sellers was. Remember that Sellers could act in ANY kind of movie, serious or humorous. He was one of the most talented actors you will ever see. Sure, Myers attempts to achieve that status with stuff like 54, or by doing multiple characters in a movie, but he's kidding himself. I grew up in the same city as Myers, with British parents, watching the same Brit-TV shows with the same comedians that he now shamelessly and ineptly apes for dollars. The best, most original thing he ever did was Wayne Campbell, which started out in a much better, purer form on late-night Toronto cable. Once SNL got ahold of it, Americanized it, and added that pointless Garth character, everything that was true and hilariously familiar and bang-on about Wayne (I knew hundreds of guys like him growing up in the suburbs or Toronto) evaporated. Even with pathetic attempts at inside jokes (Stan Mikita's was a reference to Tim Horton's -- the most popular donut-shop chain in Canada, created by and named after a famous hockey player who spent many years with the Toronto Maple Leafs) the Wayne's World movies seem half-assed and less than committed to the character as originaly conceived. Myers is no funnier than a lot of the guys I've known over the years who go around talking in Monty Python voices. And his brand of humor is about as fresh as that, too.

  • April 21, 2008, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Sounds more like a chanker than a Shankar.

    by cookylamoo

    Peter Sellers must be overacting in his grave.

  • April 21, 2008, 11:43 a.m. CST

    the traditional Hindu greeting of “Mariska Hargitay”

    by slone13

    This shit looks painfully unfunny

  • April 21, 2008, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Mike Myers has played himself

    by Moviekiller

    Don't get me wrong, I think this movie looks like shit, but in SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDER he played himself. That is still probably the best movie he has done yet.

  • April 21, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST

    how do i become a PLANT

    by krycek08

    like these people?

  • April 21, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Did he just fucking compare Myers to Peter Sellers?

    by Jackie Boy

    NOT fucking cool

  • April 21, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    THE MIKE MYERS FORMULA GOING FORWARD

    by BurgerTime

    Take the Austin Powers Character <P> SUBTRACT: - the thick British accent - the Bad British Teeth - the cravat <p> ADD: - a thick accent from any nationality - whatever bad trait that nationality has - whatever traditional dress that nationality have <p> KEEP: - the shameless double entendres - the embarassing puns - the suggestive slapstick moments <P> EQUALS: The latest and greatest hit from comedy "genius" Mike Myers.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:11 p.m. CST

    2 plants is better than 1

    by Diazanon

    Everyone sees the trailer and groans that Myers is rehashing Austin Powers with a different name and 2 reviews magically arrive from the same event to tell us the character is nothing like Austin Powers, but a totally new character. Kill the Plants with fire.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:20 p.m. CST

    This movie looks horrible

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    And I'm a Mike Myers fan. I liked him in SNL. I liked both Wayne's World movies. I liked So I Married an Axe Murderer ("He's got an enormous head!"). I even liked the last Austin Powers movie (although, yes, there were a few parts that made me cringe). Hell, I even liked the first two Shrek movies; so sue me. But this...this looks like a career-killer. Seriously, expect him to be in a movie getting kicked in the nuts by kids within two years. It looks that bad.

  • April 21, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST

    BTW

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    It took 21 posts before someone called these tools plants? What, are you kidding me? Step to, people.

  • April 21, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    ahh

    by ragingdrunklove

    its a good thing lonestaricon is already getting offended for all the indians out there so they can busy themselves with more important things. also, anybody who has seen the trailer for this movie knows it will suck, nice try though reviewers.

  • April 21, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST

    The Quebecoise

    by samsquanch

    Will be torn, between feeling righteously insulted by Timberlake's caricature of their culture, and their deep cultural love of Justin Timberlake.

  • April 22, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    The most obvious plant reviews on AICN since Evan Almighty

    by smackvein

    The Sellers comparison is downright offensive

  • April 22, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST

    about “Mariska Hargitay”

    by borisF

    If you say it fast it sounds like japanese.

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