June 19, 2008, 4:17 a.m. CST
but I still love him like an older brother that came home one day with a penis where his ear was.
June 19, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST
Is Moriartys opinion influenced by the fact he had to interview him? <br/> I don't know who to go with on this one. But my instinct says the film sucks.
June 19, 2008, 4:31 a.m. CST
I enjoyed that conversation - you should really have your own "Inside The Actor's Studio" show, Mr. McWeeny... Good shit.
June 19, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST
Yeah but your boss likes Shrek 3 and hides his copy of Axe Murdered to gather dust so I'd stage a coup, kill the shareholders and fire the bastard if we're going for the analogy.
June 19, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST
by The Real MiraJeff
I thought it was alright. I'd been led to believe it was shit but it genuinely surprised me, though expectations are everything. Myers is just so fun to watch onscreen and he commits to the character. Timberlake isn't bad either. Alba is still terrible. She just flat out can't act and doesn't even sell the one joke she's given. Romany Malco is thoroughly wasted. Kingsley gets one note to play. Verne is very good though and his scenes with Myers are a hoot. Colbert and Gaffigan also steal a few scenes as the hockey announcers. It's got a decent pace and it's short (Zohan and Get Smart are both 15 minutes too long) and it's colorful and full of crazy characters even if yes, the jokes are a bit juvenile and silly and there's a lot of puns and jokes breaking down language that are clever but not really funny. Same joke ratio as Love Guru, for every one that misses, two find their mark. I'd still say Get Smart works better overall, but Love Guru is easily better than Zohan. Of course, The Happening is funnier than all of them combined.
June 19, 2008, 4:45 a.m. CST
by The Real MiraJeff
Friend of mine saw it. Two word review for the fanboys who can't wait: "Fucking Amazing." <p> As for Wanted, I thought it was very good. It's gonna blow some people's minds. They nail the tone, the actions is incredible and McAvoy rocks it. Plus Angelina's got an amazing ass. What more do you want?
June 19, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST
...the trailers for "Love Guru" have left me groaning. "Wayne's World", all three "Austin Powers" movies, and especially "So I Married An Axe Murderer" are most of my favorite comedies ever, and I was always a fan of his SNL stuff. But nothing I've seen in the "Love Guru" trailers has made me even smile. I'm sure my wife will throw it in the NetFlix queue, so I'll see it eventually, but this weekend I'm using my weekly movie money to go see "Incredible Hulk" again.
June 19, 2008, 4:57 a.m. CST
advantage, Sandler. Myers seems incapable of making a joke that's not a pop culture reference and that's REALLY Tiresome in the age of South Park, Family Guy...etc.
June 19, 2008, 5 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... actually, say what you will about THE LOVE GURU, but it's not a series of pop culture jokes. You may not like the jokes, but you're describing something that's pretty much completely wrong. His jokes come from the bizarre characters more than anything.
June 19, 2008, 5:18 a.m. CST
by Mr Writer
I think there's a lot of comedy snobbery going on at the moment and I admire anyone who has the balls to admit they still enjoy Myers' work. I've always found him funny and although The Love Guru looks a pretty familiar retread of his earlier comedies I'm pretty sure it'll get more than a few laughs from me. Yes, its juvenile and silly, but there is always some very clever comedy in there too and a sense of innocence and fun that is missing from so many other 'fashionable' comedies of the moment. I hope this makes a lot of money so that the critics can't say Myers is past his best or out of step with current comedy trends, because that's bullshit. Funny is funny and Myers has such a good onscreen presence and natural charm I'm sure a lot of audiences are going to enjoy The Love Guru. Will they groan at times? Probably. But they'll sure as hell laugh a lot too. I'm a journalist myself and do a lot of interviews, so I enjoyed reading Moriaty's chat with Mike who sounds like a really genuine care who cares about what he does. Harry's vitriolic review elsewhere on the site may well be his opinion, but nothing divides film goers more than comedy it seems. I. for one, am looking forward to The Love Guru and I'll make my own mind up once I've seen it.
June 19, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST
Great interview. Austin Powers is genius so it was great to see his thinking behind all that (don't know if the Love Guru is any good but the MTV Movie Awards characters were pretty weak though)
June 19, 2008, 5:50 a.m. CST
...strikes me as a waste of time. It's something I've been noticing these last few years reading AICN, but reviewers (both site writers and sent in reviews) seem to completely project their own feelings onto the audience they were sitting with. Hence this extreme and clear example here, where Mori who liked the film tells us the audience was all in stitches, and Harry who hated it tells us most people were stony faced and then insults and writes off those who were laughing. Off the top of my head I think Latauro is the only reviewer from the site who from time to time states his opinion but adds that he seems to be in the minority and that other people disagreed, at which point he verbally shrugs and asks us to make up our own minds.
June 19, 2008, 5:56 a.m. CST
I'm not a huge fan of Myers, sometimes a bit too repetitive for me, but having said that, seeing the 1st Austin Powers is still one of may favourite moviegoing moments, myself and a friend, and about 10 other people in a cinema in Dublin, Ireland, wetting ourselves at this film we knew nothing about. It was such a crazy experience, because everyone at it ended up talking to each other on the way out. Then a few of us, having never met before, ended up oing for a beer! it was a great night out.
June 19, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST
Damn You Michael Bay
June 19, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST
I loved it, anyway. Makes me think that the only problem with your interviews normally is that the studios/handlers aren't giving you ENOUGH TIME with the person your interviewing. F**k Entertainment Weekly and Variety and Premiere Magazine! Every major star and director with a project coming up needs to block at an hour for you. You can tell them that some anonymous web developer from Tennessee said so. That'll make 'em stand up and listen!
June 19, 2008, 7:13 a.m. CST
Or two. The Myer's interview is great. And, frankly, I like cordial interviews. Interviews where the interviewer clearly thinks his subject sucks, or is an ass, or that they (the interviewer) are God's gift to the unwashed masses, uniformly suck. IMHO.
June 19, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST
June 19, 2008, 7:39 a.m. CST
to help decide who is right about this film - is a list of comedies considered great by both Moriarty and Harry. We can then judge from what they consider to be funny as to whether we will think the Love Guru will be funny (or utterly shit).
June 19, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST
June 19, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST
I like myers brand of cheeky innocence, so I'm inclined to go ith you on this, but as a whole what worked and what didn't?
June 19, 2008, 7:59 a.m. CST
Like you Mori, I found Myers SPROCKETS script insanely funny. I would have liked to hear him expand on what he thought the problems in the script were.
June 19, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST
He's very cool to remember my popcorn, Coke, Milk Duds, and babysitter money. Gotta love Mike, even if he's a Leafs fan.
June 19, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST
June 19, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST
His fake Nose is a different colour! You'd think they'd touch the poster up or is it on purpose, you, know, because it's FUNNY!?
June 19, 2008, 9:12 a.m. CST
one of my favourite songs of all time, from one of my favourite bands.
June 19, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST
but it's just Doves, no "The"
June 19, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
by Flying Spaghetti Monster
June 19, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST
if spelling the name of the band wrong was a small unimportant detail, but its not. It's unspeakably important.
June 19, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST
MiraJeff, we need more details!!!
June 19, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST
It's true. I remember Mori talking about the Sprockets script like it was not only funny, but very daring and strange at the same time. I wish Mori would have followed up as to why the script wasn't up to snuff.
June 19, 2008, 10:16 a.m. CST
MR MEYERS, LEAVE THE FILM BUISNESS, please because you suck at it. You are the single "one trick" pony who seems to think there is room for historical forms of theater (vaudeville/slapstick) can hold up as the center piece of a major modern motion picture. You have a wonderful apartment in Manhattan. Women will sleep with you and you have money/friend. So for the last time, MR MEYERS, LEAVE THE FILM BUISNESS!
June 19, 2008, 10:21 a.m. CST
I know it doesn't affect my life and all, there are bigger and better things to worry about, but I'm bummed out at all the negative reaction to Mike Myer's new film, THE LOVE GURU, without even seeing it. (And I'm not talking to the people who hate him no matter what he does.)<P>OK, yeah, THE LOVE GURU concept is probably something nobody was looking for, but the guy has proven himself to be quite the comic genius (at least to me), so I don't know why nobody's giving it a chance.<P> We all are aware of how AUSTIN POWERS bombed at the box office and nobody liked the trailer, but it was huge on video (before DVD!) and greenlit a sequel. All his SNL skits were gold (Dieter, that Verklemmf woman, Middle Aged man, the hyperactive kid chained to the playground thing, the kid in the bathtub, etc.) and WAYNE'S WORLD is amazing (if not a bit dated now). I don't really count any of his other stuff as those weren't, more or less, soley from him (re: SHREK, SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, CAT IN THE HAT, etc.)<P> And if you are going to kick his ass over being a control freak or difficult to work with, well, it's rare that creative types/geniuses aren't.<P> LEAVE MIKE MYERS ALONE!!! *sob sob boo hoo*
June 19, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST
I really wish that SPROCKETS movie was made. I mean, how can you go wrong with David Hasselhoff as the villian?
June 19, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST
When will this apparently ongoing infancy end? If he's not gushing about the talent he's gushing about himself.
June 19, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST
Does he do the thing where gets behind a couch and pretends to be going down the stairs? 'Cause that NEVER gets old.
June 19, 2008, 10:36 a.m. CST
Moriarty, you sir are a very rarely wrong; and even when I think you are I always see where you’re coming from. Harry on the other hand... I will see this, purely because Harry said it was shit. No offense Harry, I know it’s all opinion.
June 19, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
June 19, 2008, 12:07 p.m. CST
by Steve T
Austin Powers wasn't big in cinemas? It was a pretty big thing over here in blighty as I remember. I am not sure about this one tho, it does seem evry Mike Myers going through the motions. I think seeing this will depend on whether the girlfriend wants to and what she's prepared to do to earn it...
June 19, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST
I know! Moriarty didn't try to talk Mike Myers into an erection--or is that something only Harry and Ebert do?
June 19, 2008, 12:47 p.m. CST
by mister death
Of all the British comedy / or characters that Mike Myers would be a great fit to play would be Andy Capp. Think about it. Beer drinker, couch sleeper, wife beater...pure comedy gold. I remember Mike Myers on Much Music (Canada's MTV) way before SNL and he was born to play Andy Capp in a live action or animated movie.
June 19, 2008, 12:49 p.m. CST
by Jack Shepherd
...when it includes shit like this? Mike Myers: Pardon me. Ugh, my throat is… Moriarty: I could only imagine after the week of press. Moriarty, you don't have to provide verbatim transcripts of your interviews. Nobody gives a shit about your concern for Mike Myers' throat.
June 19, 2008, 1:22 p.m. CST
Don't you have to get back to the island or something?
June 19, 2008, 1:26 p.m. CST
and the fact that Harry hated it, makes me really look forward to renting the DVD. Too expensive to see in the theater, but I do have a soft spot for Mike Myers comedy - as repetative as it can be.</p><p> And can anyone else believe this: all in one year - Mike Myers writes a new character - Guns 'n Roses Chinese Democracy comes out (albeit ilegally), Indiana Jones 4, and Duke Nukem 4 is actually scheduled to drop. Fucking wierd.
June 19, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
Ok, I give it a look on cable but I recall a scene on the trailor when he picks up 'mini-me' at the hokey game and says "these things are heavy!, I'd like to thank the academy.." = stanard Mike meyers pop culture reference humor moment.
June 19, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST
are in your words "pure teflon". Anyway, there are so few good comedies...easily the hardest genre to produce so we shouldn't give this guy so much shit...I find Will Ferrel justr as guilty as going to the same well too many times.Myers had some brilliant sketches on SNL such as Sprockets, the Handsome guy infomercial add...but the pop cultural thing that he started with Waynes World has zero novelty and now these trash spoof comedies...just makes me glad I grew up in the 80s when everything was funny and original. :-)
June 19, 2008, 2:03 p.m. CST
new material for every interview, but a lot of Myers responses are verbatim from recent interviews on Leno and Shootout. But congrats for a longer interview than most "entertainment journalists" get in their lifetime.
June 19, 2008, 2:05 p.m. CST
June 19, 2008, 2:08 p.m. CST
by C00L DUD3
Yeah, I really don't get all of that, but whatevs...let the haters hate. I was bummed that I missed out on a screening of The Love Guru earlier this week, and am definitely planning on checking it out this weekend. Myers form of comedy works well for him, in his films, and I think it'll be a good time.
June 19, 2008, 2:14 p.m. CST
The Woman of My Dreams sat on my lap during the first Austin Powers movie, and nearly pissed herself laughing at the Austin/Fembots I touch myself" scene. The film had such charm and Elizabeth Hurley was just so beautiful. I had the joy of this great Myers film along with this fantastically breasted german sexpot. It was a zenith, and six weeks later I would never see her again forever.
June 19, 2008, 2:21 p.m. CST
I'd weep for you Jaguart. ;) The first Austin was like the Raiders of that trilogy. Just perfect.
June 19, 2008, 2:22 p.m. CST
every movies better with a big busted German sexpot on your lap.
June 19, 2008, 2:48 p.m. CST
by Jack Shepherd
Way to bring the room down, man. Where'd I put my gun?
June 19, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST
I seriously doubt they're close to wrapping filming, much less that they actually have a working edit.
June 19, 2008, 4:40 p.m. CST
stop making movies you cheap hack
June 19, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST
we are a year away from the release...no way are any of the fx done...what exactly did he see?
June 19, 2008, 4:50 p.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
But then again, Colbert's in it too, so who knows...
June 19, 2008, 5:03 p.m. CST
i'd really like to see meyers do something more in the vein of So I married an As Murderer than Austin Powers. I'll probably see this eventually but it would be nice to see a less broad and over the top comedy from him again.
June 19, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... they wrapped WATCHMEN months ago. They had a 20 minute sizzle reel they were showing people as far back as February or March. There's absolutely at least one cut of the film done, maybe even more than that. It's going to be locked and finished well before the end of the year.
June 19, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST
Justin Timberlake was in N Sync, not Backstreet Boys. Please kill me.
June 19, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST
The Love Guru may be bad from what I've heard, but we can't write Myers off for this. <br><br> I love the Wayne's World movies and the first Austin Powers. I'd go as far as to call them comedy genius. I think Myers lost his way from the Austin Powers sequels (mostly repetitive use of jokes) but he's far from finished. <br><br> I've seen a lot of bad comedies lately. To be honest only Superbad stands out as something I really laughed at. The problem is most comedies these days are either just full of references to other films or a contest to guess at what point Stiller/Vaughn/Owen/Farrell etc will cameo. <br><br> Even though Austin Powers was a Bond spoof, the jokes were self contained. You could still laugh without seeing them (I know as I had never seen a Bond film when I saw it. I think anyone who understands comedy like this can do it again. <br><br> Basically, Myers, all I'm saying is make Wayne's World 3!
June 19, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
not complete FX or anything, but a version probably exists. As for someone seeing it, i don't think MiraJeff should've said anything in some random LOVE GURU talkback. We need details and a new talkback, dammit!
June 19, 2008, 7:06 p.m. CST
I have decided to save my time and and invest my money in "Get Smart" looks a hell of a lot funnier and a better use of my movie time. Austin Powers, Axe Murderer and Shrek are all that Meyers needs, why ruin a good thing?
June 19, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST
June 19, 2008, 7:45 p.m. CST
by Hamtaro Hentai
I know he was in In-Sink too, I was sarcasticly trying to imply all boy band are the same. Maybe I should have said New Kids On The Block... Oh, and I hate that talentless, lucky fool.
June 19, 2008, 8:12 p.m. CST
they were all "fucking amazing".. i cant believe they recast tony stark using christian bale!
June 19, 2008, 8:21 p.m. CST
It was great, especially the twist at the end when it all turns out to be a dream of Sarah Connor's while she's hopped up on X.
June 19, 2008, 8:45 p.m. CST
... at this site.<br><br>If it isn't Harry cumming all over the complete SHIT that was "Attack of the Clones," it's Drew liking the asshole of a piece of shit like "The Love Guru."<br><br>This site has absolutely NO credibility anymore as far as film reviews go.<br><br>Yeah, it's still fun to come here to get all the different POVs... but as reviewers, the whole of AICN sucks...<br><br>Except for Masa.
June 19, 2008, 10:48 p.m. CST
Myers was articulate. And you didn't fawn over him either. Nice discussion.
June 19, 2008, 10:55 p.m. CST
"If it isn't Harry cumming all over the complete SHIT that was "Attack of the Clones," it's Drew liking the asshole of a piece of shit like "The Love Guru." <p>Exactly the kind of response I'd expect from a fan of the man who brought us that lovely Sex and the City review... Massa's reviews are hit-and-miss at best, but if you LIKE being pandered to, he's all yours. I don't agree with Mori all the time, but I've never read a shitty review by the man. Whereas Massa has written shitty reviews. The prime candidate being the afore-mentioned unwarranted, unfunny, unnecessary douchebag-talkbacker fan service.
June 20, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST
by judge dredds fresh undies
Whats up with that?
June 20, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST
...in that popular and beloved franchise that he established - "The Cat in the Hat II".
June 20, 2008, 5:43 a.m. CST
What didn't catch in theatres? Austin Powers? Are you nuts?
June 20, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST
I have always been amazed at the gigantic drop in quality from the first Austin Powers movie (which, yes, chien_sale and others, didn't make a lot in theaters, even though the other two did) to the sequels. I thought the first one was just devastatingly funny, and the other two, while they had their moments, pretty much fell flat. <P> I think the difference is that, in the first one, the joke is that Austin Powers doesn't fit in. The joke is that the late 60s was such a strange bizarre time, and what made sense for a few years is now just absurd. What was funny about Austin Powers was not so much all the absurd stuff he said and did, as it was that he tried to do it in *our world*, which has no place for it anymore. You weren't supposed to actually think Austin Powers was cool; you were supposed to laugh at the idea that that's what once passed for cool (a weird-looking guy with bad teeth). <P> But then in the sequels, they just kind of forget about that, and showed us a world not where Austin Powers has to try to change to fit in with everyone else, but where somehow everything else has fit in to match with Austin Powers. He's no longer a fish out of water, because he can have the same crazy parties and get the women and say his cheesy lines and suddenly everyone loves him. <P> There were lots of ways they could have kept the joke going--if they wanted to do time travel, what if Austin Powers went back to the 60s, but then discovered that *he* no longer fit in there, because he had been so assimilated to the 90s that he seemed ridiculous to the people and culture of the 60s? It seems like that would be getting at the heart of what made the first movie funny more than just repeating "Oh behave!" and the other lines from the first movie ad nauseum. <P> I think maybe that is kind of a good description of Mike Myers's career: he was funny when he was a goofy outsider that nobody took seriously, but, as he gets more mainstream, and his weird style of comedy gets less unfamiliar and less radically different from everything else out there, it gets less funny. (See also Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, etc)
June 20, 2008, 11:48 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... the first AUSTIN POWERS was a dog in theatrical, but finally found its audience on video. Until that happened, it was looking really touchy for Mike's career. He needed that film to hit, and it just took a little longer for people to figure out how much they liked it.
June 20, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST
is the first one was a good parody of the James Bond series, with lots of clever shit but it still had a 0 plot but no one gives a shit about that. All of this was only worth one movie, not freaking THREE. the next two were slapstick routines, awful ones at that.
June 20, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST
he's really, really nice. He's sometimes dumb, sometimes randy, but never mean. Today, mean is totally in, and Get Smart has a leg up with how it exploits it's character's vulnerabilities. Myers succeeds BECAUSE of his vulnerabilities. I kind of really want to see this.