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Moriarty Consults THE LOVE GURU!

Hey, everyone. “Moriarty” here. When I spoke to Harry on the phone earlier tonight and told him I was working on my LOVE GURU review, he got very quiet. “... and... was it... any good?” He went on to explain that there’s pretty much no way he’ll end up seeing this film. Not now. Not ever. Even when I told him what I thought of it, he didn’t budge. Just wasn’t interested at all. He’s seen the trailers. He’s seen the clips. Nope. Such is the state of much of fandom’s attitude towards Mike Myers on the eve of the release of this film, and that's a goddamn shame. It’s a big test for Myers as a movie star. He’s going head-to-head with GET SMART. Steve Carell has been making a ton of films lately, and he’s built a real head of steam for himself as a box-office force. Myers hasn’t created an original movie character like this since Austin Powers, and the last one of those, GOLDMEMBER, was six years ago. The comedy landscape has shifted since Myers made the first AUSTIN POWERS over a decade ago. Thanks to guys like Ricky Gervais and Judd Apatow and Matt and Trey and Larry David and Edgar Wright, the entire vocabulary of film comedy has become very different. It’s strange that ZOHAN and LOVE GURU would come out so close together, since both represent significant stylistic risks. ZOHAN has some funny spots, but on the whole, it didn’t work for me. THE LOVE GURU, on the other hand, finds its footing early and struck me as a very nice return to form for Myers, a confident vehicle for his particular comic sensibility. It’s sweet and very silly, and Guru Pitka is a really welcome grown-up twist on the underlying adolescence of much of what Myers does. And I mean that in the best way. Comedy fascinates me because of what an involuntary thing laughter is. The idea of setting out to provoke that response, the determination it takes to think that you can reliably get this completely natural reaction to happen... and there’s a certain age where I think you discover that desire in yourself, where you start to figure out that you can get laughs, and that there’s something really addictive about it. Myers is like that kid who just learned 12 really naughty jokes, and he can’t wait to tell them to you, and even as he does, you can see how delighted he is to be able to tell the jokes in the first place. When he’s on a roll during a scene, having a good time, I find it infectious. He makes me laugh like I’m sitting across from my best friend in church on a Sunday morning, getting death stares from my parents every time a snort or guffaw escapes. At the start of the film, Guru Pitka is already a bit of a celebrity. In fact, he’s the number-two guru, which is no small thing. He’s got his own successful ashram in Los Angeles. He’s got celebrities coming to him for guidance. He’s living the dream. But he’s never been on Oprah, and he’s always second to Deepak Choprah, and those two things eat at him. He is consumed by those most American of desires... money and fame. Even so, his seminars we glimpse are filled with silly-yet-sincere messages, and this is one part of the character I found surprising. I don’t think Myers is trying to mock the self-help movement with this film. Not at all. Guru Pitka is pop psychology writ large, absolutely, but he’s not an idiot. He simplifies. He is dramatic with his method. But the underlying ideas he offers up are real ones, and there’s a gentle quality to the movie that I really liked. It’s sort of the polar opposite of ZOHAN, which was a filthy movie disguised as a sweet comedy, while this pretends to be dirty to cover up its marshmallow middle. I like how Myers has to create an entire comic universe around these characters, like he did in AUSTIN POWERS. What made me love the Power series was more than just the main character... it was all the peripheral weirdos around him. Myers plays just one character in this film, so he’s cast such disparate oddballs as Justin Timberlake (outrageous as a horse-cocked hockey star with a Celine Dion fetish), Ben Kingsley (couldn’t be broader if he tried), John Oliver (another DAILY SHOW correspondent making the jump to big studio comedy), and Romany Malco, whose resume is looking really, really good these days. As is traditional with Myers films, his leading lady is gorgeous and sort of terrible (Heather Graham in SPY WHO SHAGGED ME, Beyonce in GOLDMEMBER, Jessica Alba in this one), but they always seem like they’re game for whatever Myers is up to, enjoying themselves even if they can’t quite keep up. Malco plays Darren Roanoake, “the Tiger Woods of hockey,” who has suffered a debilitating drop in his gameplay after his wife Prudence (the ridiculously hot Meagan Good) leaves him for “Le Coq,” Timberlake’s character. Roanoake is the ultimate act of wish fulfillment for Myers, who is a lifelong Maple Leafs fan. In the world of the movie, Roanoake has gotten the Leafs within spitting distance of the Stanley Cup, and Pitka is hired to “fix” Roanoake so that he’s focused for the playoffs. It’s a premise that allows Myers to roast the fixation on celebrity romance, as well as our entire culture of the easy fix. Myers throws so many gags and jokes and visual flourishes at the viewer that the film becomes a game of percentages. For me, I’d say a majority of the jokes hit their target, and I was exhausted from laughing by the end of the movie. It’s that sort of film, where if you connect to the sense of humor, you’re going to find yourself pretty much carried along consistently throughout. There are certainly some familiar set-ups and rhythms to what Myers does here, but there are also many new quirks and eccentricities peppered all the way through. For me, the bottom line was that I liked the Guru Pitka. I am intrigued by the character, and so I was willing to follow him wherever he went in this crazed world Myers built around him. First-time director Marco Schnabel (an AD for Jay Roach on the Austin Powers films) seems to be working in full service of Myers and his vision here. Schnabel’s work is fine, but not particularly noteworthy. Basically, all he has to do is make sure he gives Myers the right room to work, and that’s what he does, with Myers taking full advantage of the playground that’s set up for him. I hope audiences take a chance on THE LOVE GURU. And I hope Myers doesn’t wait so long before introducing us to more original characters in the future, since it feels to me like he’s still able to tap into a real love for what he does, and for these oddballs he gives such hilarious life to.


Drew McWeeny, Los Angeles

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  • June 12, 2008, 6:21 a.m. CST

    I agree with Harry

    by Trazadone

    I have zero interest in this movie. The humor seems as dated as Wayne's World and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. No thanks.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Myers' mistake was to disappear for 5 years between movies

    by Trazadone

    His kind of humor no longer works.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Tird!

    by Mistahtibbs

  • June 12, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Aw crap.

    by Mistahtibbs

    Still, I was...unimpressed with the trailers. It seemed like Myers going to the same well as the Austin Powers character, just, different. Definite rental but not a show-catcher and I really like Myers. He is quite funny. MT

  • June 12, 2008, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Nothing Matters To Me

    by MrDuke118

    But The Dark Knight at the moment. There is nothing else.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    The Love Guru has Herpies

    by redfist

    and I am staying clear of it too.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:26 a.m. CST

    I'll Pass

    by Magic Rat

    However, I was watching 54 on cable the other night. Meyers was suprisingly good in it. He should think about doing more serious roles. If they ever make a Barack Obama movie (which they will) he should play David Axelrod.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Mike Myers learned those 12 naughty jokes.....

    by ampersand110

    and has been re-telling those same jokes for the past 11 years. I loved the first Austin Powers film and spy who shagged me, but its the same one note jokes. Even on the mtv movie awards the first joke out of the gate was the shameless plug joke he's been telling at every award show when he has a movie out. So I'm just going to have to pass.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:30 a.m. CST

    I'm a Hyper-Hypo

    by OnusBone

    I am shocked that anybody liked this movie. I agree with Harry re: the trailers. I nearly cried when I saw them. Well, Here's to hoping that Mikey turns it around...

  • June 12, 2008, 6:34 a.m. CST

    The EW article was intriguing, too.

    by Napoleon Park

    but depending on Myers' character development skills and taste - coming from the man who created Fat Bastard? Pass. IF it's a huge hit... I'll watch it when TBS shows it 30 times two years from now.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Might try it on DVD, because of your review.

    by beastie

    But I'll be damned if I'm going to it in the theater. The cost of gas to get to the theater, movie ticket prices, babysitter and maybe a snack at the theater would make this a $100 evening for me and my wife.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Personally Zohan worked for me.

    by Napolean Solo

    I thought it was hilarious. Whereas The Love Guru looks pretty stale. I'll check it out though. I like Mike Myers.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST

    12 naughty jokes

    by palewook

    so he's doing the visual double entendre with food and johnsons again?

  • June 12, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    I may give it a whirl...

    by tvspace

    But I hope Myers is just sharpening his chops for another Austin Powers (yes, I said it).

  • June 12, 2008, 7:03 a.m. CST

    THE LOVE GURU, on the other hand, finds its footing early

    by ingloriousjedi

    Yeah.. I stopped reading there.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    The premise is terrible!

    by RicardoMontalban

    When they played the trailer in my theater, the audience groaned... that's not a good sign. hey movie fans, check out this funny new blog on blogspot. it's called thebitterproduer spread the word!

  • June 12, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Myers Didn't Give Harry his Swag

    by Internet Thug

    otherwise Harry would be slobbering over this film like a fat kid on a birthday cake..c'mon Mike pay up brotha!!!

  • June 12, 2008, 7:07 a.m. CST

    "The comedy landscape has shifted"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Man we really are movie geeks on this site. I love it. I probably won't see this, but hey, Myers has lampooned scottish people, he may as well do an indian

  • June 12, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Fantastic

    by Chaosinabox

    I've been a Mike Myers fan every since Wayne's World, and ever since the first trailer hit, I've been PRAYING that it was going to be good. Sounds like it is so!

  • June 12, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    P and U

    by PackyMcCracken

    I used to be a fan of Myers and still find the first 2 Austin Powers movies funny and So I Married an Ax Murderer is quite good. My problem with him now, is that he really has the same jokes and delivery in every film now. Yes, he has a "hilarious" Indian accent, but the stuff in the trailers show the same coy delivery that has worn thin. Now, maybe someone just needs to cut his trailers differently, but ricarleite is right - midget jokes? Still? Really? I see the same tired old jokes with a new wig and a beard. I believe you're sincere in your review, but I'd need to see a groundswell of raves to convince me that it's not a giant turd.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Trust

    by lonestaricon

    Myer's has earned my trust with his previous movies, so I will definitely give the Love Guru a shot this weekend.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I'm looking forward to it

    by CherryValance

    I think the trailers are really funny and he's got Deepak Chopra's voice down pat. I'm actually one of those people that listens to Chopra's CDs so it's funny to me already. And I also think there is plenty of room for different kinds of comedy. The past couple of years I've been enjoying comedy movies much more than I ever have really. I enjoyed Zohan quite a bit and I can't believe you thought it was filthy.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:42 a.m. CST

    I'd rathear eat my own shit

    by Drunken Rage

    than see another stupid Michael Meyers movie. Talk about beating a dead horse, god damn, he needs to just stop.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    howdy partner

    by Mr_X

    peter sellers did it better. and that was in the 60's!

  • June 12, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Mr_X is right! Just rent "The Party" instead!!

    by slone13

    It's way funnier than this tired Myer's schtick. "Birdy Num Num?"

  • June 12, 2008, 8 a.m. CST

    So everybody hates Meyers because he took time off?

    by Spandau Belly

    Look, I thought the Shrek movies were garbage too, and I didn't like the third Austin Powers much, but ultimately I like Meyers and I'm not going call his humour 'outdated' because he took some time off. I get that he's not doing the same type of movie as Judd Apatow, but it's not like comedians playing absurd characters has completely died out. There's still Jack Black, Will Ferrell and a bunch of other guys who are still going for these more silly outlandish character movies. And there's only so much of Seth Rogaine and Paul Rudd's drunken improv hour I feel like seeing Apatow edit into bloated 'story'.<br><br>I really, I admired Hot Fuzz, but I never actually laughed out loud. It was too close to what it was parodying, it was almost actually one those movies. I greatly prefered Team America.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Damn You Michael Bay

    by MCMLXXVI

    Damn You Michael Bay

  • June 12, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    This looks like ass.

    by BetaRayBill07

    Damn this is gonna suck. See Get Smart, go to a budget theatre and see Iron Man again. Hell bitches rent Spidey 3 and enjoy the completely miscast Topher.

  • Myer's shtick recycled in the movie readily apparent from the trailers: Hairy lead character (shower scene) midget jokes (Vern Troyer), pointlessly getting hit in the head with things (short ceiling), out of control mobile seating ('magic' carpet just like Dr. Evil's chair), main characters inability to not call attention to another character's physical abnormality ('mole', this time 'gnome'). Indeed, the main protagonist, wrongly labeled "original" in this review, is a hairy, goofy, love-obsessed relic from the 1960's collective obsession with new age and exotic philosophy. He's the Austin Powers of India. Lame, Myers; and lame, Moriarty.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Nice Pineapple Express review?

    by Series7

    I don't know if it was you Moriarty. It may have been Harry or someone else. Who reviewed Speed and Mentioned having seen Pineapple Express. Since I have a love/hate relationship with Seth and Judd and this looks like a movie I am going to love I would like to know how it stacks up. <P> As for the love Guru, I really didn't need someone to tell me that Mike Myers likes money. I like Mike Myers, but I wish he would just go back and save SNL. Though I bet if he hosted SNL he'd pull a Molly Shannon and just rehash all her old characters and we would saw how unfunny she really was.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:18 a.m. CST

    you people hate Myers.

    by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet

    and Apatow and Rogan and Diablo Cody.<p>so no comedy for anyone of this site?

  • June 12, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST

    bad bad bad

    by zom-bot.com

    i'm so sick of movie comedies going with the premise of sports, or money, or love, or deadlines or contests or anything else where the main character has to "WIN" something or "get something to happen or come up with 'Z' dollars before 'X' happens. You would think this many years away from SNL, Myers would be past this formula that is the curse of every SNL cast member debut film. there is NOTHING charming or funny about the preview. if indeed this is a charming movie, then they fucked themselves with the edits of those previews. Not only that, name one american household that gives a shit about Indian Guru culture. lots of people like spys, you have a built in parody fanbase. with gurus there is no built in fanbase. when i watch the tv spots i really feel bad for Myers. It's like he found a beard backstage during the Cat in the hat shoots, started improving a little, made somebody chuckle and decided that was enough to base a million dollar movie around.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST

    "today's trendy hip new humor routine"

    by zom-bot.com

    is that the kind where seth rogen or that fat seth rogen clone are losers in some way? 'cause i don't like that either. Nor do i like the psuedo intellectualism of diablo cody just because she was a stripper and has had enough weird shit happen to her that she feels she needs to get off her chest. <P>i don't know what hip new modern comedy is. I like Reno 911 but people will say those guys should have stopped after 'the State'...so time passing has nothing to do with why i do not want to see the love Guru. the fact is, the preview literally turned my stomach as if i had accidentally drunk sour milk. I can't explain it. Maybe it's because everything was overlit. maybe it's because nothing was funny. maybe it's because it looked like an excuse to throw in Jessical alba the 'it' girl, or justin timberlake the 'it' boy when his album had just hit during filming, but by the time the movie is out no one cares anymore. I expected to see beyonce. or seacrest. or more 'celebrity' cameos or walkthroughs because apparently that's what's funny. hollywood sucking it's own dick. we're all friends. why don't you play a hobo in my movie. it'll be hilarious. not because it's funny, but because it's someone famous playing a small part in my movie full of that shit. <P>that's just the surface scratch of what's wrong with what he mike myers formula has become. and i don't even think it's mike's fault, i think it's his people.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Mike Meyers is hella old

    by g-ride9000

    I was obsessed with Wayne's World as a child. With the three Austin Powers movies, I felt squeezed by him. Some of the "grossout" gags and repeated jokes made me realize his limitations. The Guru looks like more of the fucking same.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Sellers

    by malcolm_mccallum

    Mike Meyers is learning the wrong lessons from Peter Sellers. He needs to watch the man's work more closely and understand that see that he doesn't have to be telling jokes to be funny. Get himself into comic situations and the funny will follow without the characters having to try making it funny. Axe Murderer was his best work, I think and it was at its best when the funny did not come from characters trying to be funny. Play them straight and with integrity.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:51 a.m. CST

    UnknownUser "quoting" Idiocracy

    by g-ride9000

    Do a better one next time, like "Welcome to Costco I love you" is the name of my new album.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Myers doesn't create characters

    by Funketeer

    He creates bad accents and then uses them for 2 hours. The 2nd Austin Powers movie is the only one I think is funny. The other two were incredibly boring.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST

    So I Married an Axe Murderer is still his best film

    by chrth

  • June 12, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST

    When I saw the trailer for "Austin Powers"

    by Mr. Profit

    I wanted no part of it. But then I rented it on VHS when it was at Blockbuster and laughed my head off. I will see this movie on DVD. Hopefully it will surprise me the way "Austin" did. And say what you will about Myers, but when he resurrected Wayne's World at the Movie Awards it put a huge smile on my face.

  • June 12, 2008, 9 a.m. CST

    myers lost a bit of my respect

    by zom-bot.com

    when he couldn't improv or react or spin off of kanye west during the infamous Katrina feed. that's when i realized he was out of touch.<P>Not that kenye was IN touch, but that mike couldn't turn it around. that he looked like a shocked old white dude.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:04 a.m. CST

    le coq

    by snapple_ladys_lazy_eye

    sounds mildly funny. and only if it gets cut off by a zambony

  • June 12, 2008, 9:06 a.m. CST

    zom-bot.com

    by g-ride9000

    fuck ya dude, I hate Kanye's raps but the man was saying some good shit that nobody was saying at the time. Stuff we all agree on now. MIKE MEYERS had the "my career is in jeopardy" look on his face. What a dick.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:11 a.m. CST

    "return to form"????

    by teddanson37

    the form of a pile of feces???

  • June 12, 2008, 9:17 a.m. CST

    by geekzapoppin

    Um, did you douchebags notice that the Kanye/Myers event happened during a telethon to raise money for a DISASTER?!? Regardless of whether or not Kanye made a valid point (I think he did) it was not the place to do it. Also, had Myers riffed on it, you same people would be talking about how big of a dick he was for cracking jokes during such a serious event. As for THE LOVE GURU, either you enjoy his style of humor or you don't. It looks like a Mike Myers film. It isn't pretending to be anything other than that. Quit yer bitching. Oh, and midget humor is always funny. Always. Weng Weng was Gangsta!

  • June 12, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    John Oliver sucks

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    "I'm British, that makes me automatically hilarious." Love Guru looks DREADFUL. I'd rather see any other movie this summer.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    It's nice to see a great comic actor finally getting work

    by HypeEndsHere

    By which i mean Justin Timberlake. Hey, Steve Carrell aint making pussy R&B, so Justin, LEAVE THE COMEDY TO THE PROFESSIONALS. or watch Borat a lot and try your hand at it, i guess.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Mori's fave phrase these days: "writ large"

    by Lance Rocke

    It's one of those funny expressions you only see in print.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Do a third Wayne's World

    by InstantClassic

    That's really all I can care about regarding Meyer's. Dana Carvey gotta eat!

  • June 12, 2008, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Comedy

    by Series7

    There are a lot of comedians out right now who are a lot funnier then Mike Myers. But for some reason they can/don't want to leave the stand up scene. Stand up comedy is pretty big right now and there are a lot of really funny people out there. Some of the bigger names Oswald/Bribiglia/Jim Gaffigan are not showing up in movies for some reason no one is willing to do something with these guys. Probably because they aren't Dane Cook huge yet. But I am tired of seeing the same old comedians from SNL do the same thing (Murphy/Sandler/Myers/Martin). I think the backlash for The Love Guru is going to be intensified because Zohan just came out, and at least Sandler has two modes and changes it from movie to movie. Myers seems to only make movies about some fish out of water with a funny accent (we get it you wish you were Peter Sellers). Its old, its stale. And the Apatow gang is starting to wear pretty thin (was Knocked Up even a comedy? I laughed…. wait I didn’t laugh at all during that movie) there are turning into the ROM-COM factory (but come on who doesn't want to see Pineapple Express? The premise just hits me right in the BONG (plus the bonus of having a talented director can’t hurt)). Where the fuck is Dave Chapelle? Why can't Sarah Silverman do something? Why was Baby Mama so fucking tame? Why don't people get Tom Green? Why is Steven Wright the most underutilized comedian ever? That’s my problem with Mike Myers comedy. Hopefully this bombs (along with Dave (but bombs don't seem to slow Eddie Murphy down at all????)) and hollywood will look for fresh comedians, and there are more then plenty out there (Doug Benson?) who are ripe for getting a goofy comedy. I bet a lot of these guys have gotten offers, but for cheap fluffy regulated hollywood comedies (Good Luck Chuck) and turned them down on principle (Mitch Hedberg). Oswald got Ratatouille (and Jeff Garlin is getting Wall-E and he is very talented (but admits to doing movies for money (Daddy Day Care)) and hopefully Oswald will get better acting offers (he’s been in a lot of crap (money)) and hopefully he becomes a better actor because he is pretty bad (too bad Ratatouille wasn’t a Dreamworks joint otherwise the voice acting would've been the selling point, not the movie, and maybe he would be a little more famous (but if it was a Dreamworks movie he wouldn't have been a big enough name for them) but he's better off it being Pixar with all the crap he has put his name on )). <P> So maybe these new comedians can’t pick a good script or maybe they aren’t being offered any. All I am saying is that there are more comedians out there not getting a shot. I just hope that Paul F. Tompkins doesn’t become the next big thing (somehow he ended up with a role in TWBB?).

  • June 12, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Myers has jumped the laugh track

    by ricosuave21

    If he wanted to be really edgy he should have made it the The Love Mullah.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    I can't wait to see it...

    by modern_lovers

    I'll take Myers over Apatow any day.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST

    But Moriarty.....

    by kdoc13

    I caught a preview of this a while back and it seemed like so much of this movie was nothing but reworked gags from the Austin Powers flicks. Did you find that as well? For every new joke, he takes five ones from Powers and recycles them. He even took the "Wrong Syl-able" joke from that Paltrow Stewardess movie and found a way to rework it. It totally felt like I saw this movie before, and not the just Peter Sellars version, but also when I saw Austin Powers. Of course it was funny, but didn't you think it was just the same jokes? Seriously?

  • June 12, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Myers on Letterman once...

    by Doctor Cosmic

    ...and he was explaining how he's part English and was doing his British voice and explaining how he'd talked to someone at a restaurant or something one day in his English accent. And it was the most painful thing I've ever seen. He's a pathetic, washed-up, unfunny guy who long ago let money and fame go to his head. What's left now is a husk of suckitude. He won't make any more movies and will likely end up getting a sitcom for a season down the line. DOc

  • June 12, 2008, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Austin Powers is unfunny, overrated shit

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    <br><Br><Br>So I Married An Axe Murderer is still Myers' best movie.<br><Br><br>

  • June 12, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Doctor Cosmic

    by Series7

    Yeah thats not gonna happen. Love Guru 2, that'll happen though.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I dont think Myers will ever be able to escape the castigation

    by emeraldboy

    he got for the twat in the cat suit. Saw 2 mins of it on tv and it was enough. My eyes..my eyes.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:40 a.m. CST

    But... it looks... so awful...

    by Charlie Murphy

    If this movie makes movie than $15 million opening weekend, i'll be very surprised. it looks really, really, really, REALLY dumb.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:44 a.m. CST

    MIDGET JOKES! VERNE TROYER! HOW FRESH!

    by la_sith

  • June 12, 2008, 10:47 a.m. CST

    Mori's 2nd favorite phrase "for me"

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    As in: "For me, the movie is about blah blah blah." Then, 3 sentences later: "For me, the best thing in the movie is blah blah blah." You are reviewing the movie, Mori. "For me" is implicit preceding every sentence containing your opinion. And if you absolutely have to use the phrase, try to limit it to once per paragraph.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST

    MIDGET JOKES! MIDGET JOKES!

    by la_sith

    Talk about appealing to the lowest common denominator. Come on, Mor. First with the horrible defense of Crystal Skull, and now this? Jesus Christ. One need only watch the putrid trailer to realize that this is steamy diarrhea. That part when Verne Troyer goes flying into a hockey net? Wooo hahaha! That's GOTTA hurt! <crickets>

  • June 12, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    mike myers, peter sellers

    by zom-bot.com

    mike has a good heart though, and as a child inspired by the sixties and early seventies, he wants to pay homage to sellers,make characters and keep a close knit cast of friends and actors in his movies, but where he falls flat is it's all empty.there's no message, no subtley. the things that inspired him were subtley anti-establishment.....and mike's circus is pure 'establishment'. his cast of friends is an empty hollywood circus with nothing to say.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST

    verne

    by zom-bot.com

    if mike really likes verne, the BEST thing he could do for him would be to cast him in the next movie- in a completely, normal, midget-humorless role. it would take balls i don't think mike has anymore.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Myers should remake UNDER THE RAINBOW

    by la_sith

    Remember that piece of shit from the 80s with Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher? Chock full of midgets. I think Kenny Baker was the lead.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:13 a.m. CST

    It's movies, not personal

    by toxicbuddha

    Damn. Some of y'all got real hate issues with Myers. Hell, if it was about not supporting actors who make shitty films, Harrison Ford would be homeless. He had a run of turds for a hot minute there that feels like it lasted a decade. Bottom line: Once this drops, if it's good I go see it. Last I checked Myers had not fucked my girl or owed me money, so I give him the same shot they all get upon opening night.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:33 a.m. CST

    I don't know. I always have low expectations for

    by TVguy4566

    meyer's movies and am usually very pleasantly surprised. Probably wait for DVD for this one, but I do with most comedies since most are out three months after the movie is in the theater and usually don't benefit from watching on the big screen vs. my 60 inch HDTV.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Austin Powers trailer

    by Rupee88

    I have to admit that when I saw it, I said the movie was shit and would never watch it. Then finally saw it and of course the first Austin Powers movie was somewhat funny and clever. So I can't totally write off the Love Guru but the trailer on this was is almost as bad as the Zohan one....I hope this does flop just for the crime of an offensively horrible trailer.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    The Cat in the Hat made me want to punch Meyers in the throat.

    by Rev. Slappy

    It's awful and Meyers is incredibly unfunny in it. That movie is an endurance test. See how much you can take before you angrily turn off the tv.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:49 a.m. CST

    This mean they left all the funny stuff out of the trailer?

    by jerseycajun

    Because that turned me off just as much if not more than the trailer for "Daddy Day Camp".

  • June 12, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Nope

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Myers lost me at "Shrek II".

  • June 12, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Should have waited to release this movie some other time...

    by andrew coleman

    Zohan, Panda two comedies already out. This comes out against Get Smart a movie where it's trailers get solid laughs from the audience. I like Myers but I have a feeling this movie is going to get rolled over. June all of a sudden has become heavy with movies. Sure there different: Hulk and Happening are two different genre films. But with so many movies coming out someone is going to be left behind and I think it will be Guru.

  • June 12, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    The myth that Myers hasn;t done anything in years

    by Napoleon Park

    so people won't blame him for Cat In a Hat and the Shrek franchise.<p>The myth that Myers creates great characters that aren't based on British childrens shows, things he saw on public access or his father: because Goldmember was so well flashed out. Those dutchy dutch bastards being so dutch and shit. And those damn baby eating Fat Bastards. Wow, doesn't everyone just hate self loating fat people and the Dutch? What complex characters.<p>Is everything a damn franchise to this guy? One Austin Powers was enough, One Wayne's world was enough, One Shrek was enough. Enough already, when's the Scotch Tape boutique movie coming out? One of those was enough, too. And the little kid in the bathtub and the hyperactive kid leashed to the playground equipment. Once you tell the joke, we get it. Once is enough.<p>ACtually ten of fifteen minutes of austin Powers was enough, it was a big budget SNL sketch that went on way too long. He has Michael Caine glasses and bad teeth, we get it. the '60s were sexist, we get it. Once Mimi Rogers in a leather Emma Peel jumpsuit was off screen, what was the point of watching it any more?

  • June 12, 2008, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I still respect MM, but am not interested in Love Guru

    by finky089

    trailer just didn't work for me.

  • June 12, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Plus it just doesn't seem that funny

    by finky089

    if it turns out to be as funny and memorable as Austen Powers (the original film), then I'll go see it.

  • June 12, 2008, 12:20 p.m. CST

    by Petro45

    I remember first seeing the commercials for Austin Powers -- I thought it looked absolutely atrocious. Horrifically bad. Made me want to retch. When I finally saw it on video (the thing that existed before DVDs - I mean before On Demand) I thought it was hilarious. Seeing the first commercials for the Love Guru, I felt the same sense of revulsion. Yet, now that I've seen a few clips of it, I'm starting to think I may be in for the same surprise. Who am I kidding - I have a 9 month old baby, I'm never seeing this in the theater -- but I have a feeling it might actually be funny.

  • June 12, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Just as sad....

    by skimn

    watching Dana Carvey try to milk laughter from the audience from the Tonight Show crowd last night. I understand his HBO concert is funny, but to watch a comic play to the crowd so desperately is sad to watch.<p>BTW, I'd like to understand what is this site anyway. Mr. Knowles, you and AICN are synonomous with the movie geek internet explosion over the past decade. I thought it was one of your self-appointed duties to give your views on current movies. So you decide never to see this, based on your reaction to the trailers? "That doesn't look good, I won't bother my time with it.." Ummmm, isn't your "job" to see the good, bad and the ugly?? Too bad Eli Roth didn't direct it.

  • June 12, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    ChocolateReign

    by Series7

    Yeah I am at work and its a busy day. Having a hard time collection my thoughts. I am probably more like finky089 above, I just would like to see more comedies. And more comedies that attempt to push the boundries, and Myers and Sandler don't do that. Also Myers spells his damn name wrong, a-hole.

  • June 12, 2008, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I loved the first AUSTIN POWERS movie

    by Tacom

    The scene where Mustafa(played by Will Farrell) takes too long to die was so fucking funny! Then when Austin is fighting in the bathroom stall next to Tom Arnold and yelling "WHO DOES NUMBER TWO WORK FOR?!!" I split my sides laughing.

  • June 12, 2008, 2 p.m. CST

    Myers seems stuck in the

    by skimn

    "nudge, nudge, wink, wink" mode of comedy that is almost vaudvillian in nature. Puns, double entendres, wordplay, silly costumes and make-ups, etc. are quaint and goofy, but are they relevent in a comedy in 2008? I know he was inspired by his late father, but I tink it's time to move on.

  • June 12, 2008, 2:12 p.m. CST

    Not now, not ever?

    by UnCoolNews

    Regardless of what he might think of the premise, or Mike Myers in general... How can Harry, as the head of a MOVIE NEWS site, swear off *ever* seeing this movie? Fanboys get to swear off movies on principle but I don't understand how someone who wants to be taken seriously as a reviewer can do that. Even if for no other reason than to recognize if some other movie recycles the jokes or if there is anything noteworthy about one of the performances.

  • June 12, 2008, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Harry doesn't want to see it because he's afraid he'll love it..

    by www.valiens.com

    And if he loves it and it's a complete shit bomb, he'll finally have the 1,000,000,000 shitty movie on that list of shitty movies he wuv-wuv-wuvs. Meanwhile I don't understand fan backlash against Meyers for doing the same tired routine. Will farrell gets a pass, why not his fellow SNL alumm?

  • June 12, 2008, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Wow, am I drunk?

    by www.valiens.com

    Sorry that last post ate ass.

  • June 12, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Hurley was bad. Beyonce was worse. Alba's acting the worst...

    by TheRealRatigan

    ...But Heather Graham, bad? Only in the best way...

  • June 12, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Sorry this looks dreadful....if its good

    by lb

    I'll check it out on DVD.

  • June 12, 2008, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I miss absurd comedy

    by smackfu

    so I'm looking forward to this

  • June 12, 2008, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Really looking forward to not seeing this

    by Iowa Snot Client

    I'm still surprised how much I enjoyed not watching Cat in the Hat.

  • June 12, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Looks fun

    by beelkay

    I'm always willing to give Mike Myers a shot.

  • June 12, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    meh, hmm, sigh and every other vaguely indifferent phrase you ca

    by applescruff

    I'm glad you like it Mori, but your review also said you inherently liked the character. This is where I feel we're on a different level. I get almost angry every time I see the preview where he says "I am his holiness! The Guru Pitka!" Ugh, I'm pissed off that I even had to type that. The whole idea just stinks to me. I like Romany Malco, and I'd like to fornicate with the women in this movie, but I'll stick to my Wayne's World flicks and the first Austin Powers movie. Mike Myers hasn't been funny in 10 years if you ask me. All his bits at the MTV awards were letdowns that ultimately didn't deliver the way you would want Myers to. Even the Wayne's World reunion was fucking lame. Really Mori? This is a good movie?

  • June 12, 2008, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I've never been able to stand Mike Meyers

    by Donanonymous

    for more than 5 minutes at a time.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:05 p.m. CST

    If it makes me laugh like Austin Powers...

    by wash

    then it won't make me laugh even once. I'm with Harry on this, I'm going to avoid this like a Robocop sequel directed by Uwe Boll.

  • June 12, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Can't be any worse than Zohan... Can it?

    by Novaman5000

    Oh god... CAN IT?!

  • June 12, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    its o.k. to hate timberlake but to call him a no talent

    by slappy jones

    ..hack is ridiculous. does he have aplace in movies?? I dunno but in his chosen field of music he is far from a no talen hack. I don;t even like his music but only an idiot would say he has no talent. A jealous idiot.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:41 p.m. CST

    So is apatow still everyones comedy god who can do no wrong??

    by slappy jones

    even though he wrote zohan and produced Drillbit Taylor??? or does his involvement only count when the films good??

  • June 12, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    www.valiens.com ferrell gets a pass because he is funny.

    by slappy jones

    myers is not.

  • June 12, 2008, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Give up the "it's just fun!" crap.

    by jimmay

    I liked the first Austin Powers movie. . . a lot. I still watch it occasionally on cable. But the second one, with its witless fecal and midget jokes, and, more depressingly, it's insistence on repeating nearly every funny joke from the first film, made it immediately apparent just how stale and uninspired Mike Myers really is. My friends disagreed with me at the time, but by the third one, they admitted how pitifully self-cannibalistic the whole ugly mess of his career had become. If some of us act like we personally hate Myers, it's because some of his work has been so painfully unfunny it's insulting. I fucking love a good comedy. Big Lebowski, Office Space, Anchorman, the Airplane films, Dr. Strangelove, hell, even Borat made the top of my ten best list in 2006. But none of those movies make me feel like a moron for laughing at them. Just because you think McDonalds food is crap, doesn't mean you don't "get" burgers, it means you know what a good burger tastes like.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:03 p.m. CST

    And the Kanye West thing.

    by jimmay

    I agree West's comment, though fundamentally true, was wholly inappropriate. What was telling about the exchange was how terrified Myers looked. "Oh my God he said something controversial!!" His terrified eyes screamed. The man has no balls whatsoever. I would have just started laughing at Kanye, but, then again, I don't think that someone mistaking a stool sample for coffee is the Zenith of human comedy.

  • June 12, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Powers 2: electric deja vu

    by Napoleon Park

    Shagged me did NOTHING but recite the first films catch phrases. Goldmember has the big budget self parody and had some new but very uninspired characters and was, frankly, a chore to stay awake through.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Harry the one...

    by Bobo_Vision

    ...who refused to see "Borat" as well - one of the funniest movies of last year? His judgment on comedy is questionable. This looks funny in the silliest possible way. It doesn't look like the type of mobir I would watch repeatedly for years to come, but one that might be worth several laughs the first time out.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:53 p.m. CST

    And by mobir...I mean movie

    by Bobo_Vision

    My hand moved a little to the right.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I'm probably the only person here...

    by Darkman

    ...who's looking forward to the movie, so may I just say...good review.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Why do midgets allow themselves to be humiliated?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Yeah, they don't exactly get offered big, juicy dramatic roles, but honestly...it's like black actors doing that "shuck & jive" Panicky Black Guy shit. Show some fucking self-respect and say NO when you're offered these demeaning "look at the funny small man!" roles. I'm reminded of Peter Dinklage's hilarious scene in Living In Oblivion, "When was the last time you had a dream with a dwarf in it? *I* don't have dreams with dwarves in them. 'Oh look, it's a dwarf, she must be having a fucking dream...!'"

  • June 12, 2008, 11:13 p.m. CST

    If it is a good film, the trailers must seek to keep that secret

    by chromedome

    Nothing I have seen makes me have interest in seeing this. I like Meyers in certain things (first powers flick, axe murderer), so it is not an anti-myers thing

  • June 13, 2008, 8:07 p.m. CST

    normallly i'm against the mass holocaust of undesirables

    by Prossor

    but that mini me character makes me want to form midget concentration camps. he wasnt funny in the austin powers movies either.

  • June 13, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    I think Harry later recanted on Borat...

    by wash

    IIRC he caught it on DVD and ended up enjoying it. Hell, he even ate crow on hating the new BSG too (even if it took him several years).

  • June 24, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST

    "This movie sets the standard by which all movies that suck will

    by Pumpkinjoe

    Just saw it last night (sort of)... What a piece of shit! Man, there were folks leaving their seats in droves! I stuck around for maybe half of this steaming pile of monkey-crap, but came to my senses. Avoid this movie please!

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