The Love Guru Review

The-Love-Guru-ReviewThanks for checking out our The Love Guru Review. We unfortunately don’t have a video version of The Love Guru review, but we will discuss it in an upcoming podcast.

For all intents and purposes, we haven’t seen Mike Myers in anything non-Shrek related in over 5 years which has always been confusing and frustrating to me. Right up front I’ll let you know that I simply LOVE Mike Myers. Most people associate him with his Austin Powers films (and why not? Combined the 3 Austin Powers movies have cost just under $110 million to produce and have made over $660 million world wide), but for me, his best film (and one that I think is one of the best comedies ever, and certainly one of the most under appreciated) will always be “So I married an Axe Murderer”. But really, his whole career for the past decade seems to be nothing more than Austin Powers and Shrek.

When I first heard about The Love Guru and Mike Myers returning to lead in a comedy, I thought it sounded just hilarious and I was excited. Then the trailers came out… and without a doubt the film looked like the worst film Myers has ever been involved in, and one of the worst films of the year. As the release date got closer and closer, the new trailers only made that sick feeling in my stomach even stronger. So off I went to see The Love Guru… was it as awful at is looked? Actually no… but still not good.

THE GENERAL IDEA

The synopsis for The Love Guru looks something like this: “Austin Powers trilogy star Mike Myers collaborates with writer Graham Gordy for this comedy concerning a self-help guru named Pitka (Myers), who devotes his life to unknotting the romantic entanglements of troubled couples. As a young child, Pitka is abandoned at the gates of an ashram in India and taken in by kindly gurus. An American by birth, Pitka absorbs the lessons taught to him by his teachers and later returns to the United States to become a leading authority on spirituality and self-help. While Pitka’s methods are decidedly unorthodox, they may be the only means of ensuring that the Toronto Maple Leafs win the coveted Stanley Cup. The Maple Leaf’s star Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) is in trouble. His estranged wife has recently begun dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake) in a vengeful effort to send her husband’s career into a tailspin, and when Roanoke starts to falter on the ice, the whole team starts to suffer. As their visions of leading the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup are quickly going up in flames, team owner Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) and Coach Cherkov (Verne Troyer) enlist the aid of the world’s best-known relationship expert in restoring the peace between Roanoke and his wife, and getting their team back on the track to the championships.”

THE GOOD

Ok, I admit that I’m biased because I’m a die hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan to the point that I bleed Blue and White… and Mike Myers is also a fanatic Leafs fan… so seeing a movie with the Toronto Maple Leafs making a run for the Stanley Cup (something that I’ll probably never see actually happen in real life in my lifetime) was a real kick for me. Yay! Go Leafs Go!

Stephen Colbert’s small role as a Hockey Night In Canada commentator was quite good. Sure, it’s the type of role we see in tons of sports movies (best of all of them was probably Bob Uecker in the Major League movies… damn he was hilarious in those), and even Mike Myers himself did the same sort of thing in Mystery Alaska). Colbert is just a funny funny man.

I gotta give this up to The Love Guru… it was funnier than I thought it would be. Now keep in mind, that’s not hard considering I didn’t suspect that I’d laugh at all. The movie isn’t hilarious… but there were a few decent laugh moments that hit the mark and had me giggling. Having said that….

THE BAD

Not enough laughs. Yes it was funnier than I thought it would be, but even that wasn’t nearly enough. So many of the jokes were just old recycled Austin Powers gags that much of the film just felt sad and desperate instead of fresh and funny (almost none of this movie felt fresh). They even brought mini-me back (played by Verne Troyer, who was actually funnier than Myers in this movie) to re-do a lot of the Austin Powers jokes. Like I said, more sad than anything else.

Dear sweet heavens Justin Timberlake was AWFUL. How hard is it just to play a simple little silly farce character? Well… I guess the answer is harder than Timberlake can handle, because he SUCKED in this flick. I thought he’d actually be “ok” in this movie because his role required absolutely no talent, and when we’ve seen him doing just brainless sketch comedy on Saturday Night Live, he’s been not bad… but wow he totally crapped the bed. Just dreadful. He made the movie look and feel like a second rate high school drama class comedy skit.

Really… what can I say about Jessica Alba and her ineptness that I haven’t said before. She was awful. Having said that, I will admit she looked really good when they did some musical numbers and she was dressed up in traditional India female garb and was dancing around. Very cute actually. Still, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… the only movies Jessica Alba should be headlining are ones that end in the words “… Does Dallas”.

This kills me to say… it hurts me deep… but Myers just didn’t bring it, plain and simple. As I mentioned earlier, the humor didn’t feel new or original or fresh at all. He felt… well… old. it was all just recycled, it was all done before by him. The Guru Pitka is really just Austin Powers in a beard. We all knew it was going to be ridiculous, we all knew there was going to be silliness… but to wait so many years to get Myers on screen again leading a comedy only to have him deliver nothing but Austin Powers 2.0 was a seriously let down. Yes, Myers had his moments in the movie, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

OVERALL

Not the total pile of trash that I was expecting it to be, The Love Guru did deliver a few laughs scattered throughout the film, but ultimately it wasn’t nearly enough… and where “Get Smart” had lots of solid supporting elements, The Love Guru had nothing but garbage around the comedy. Horrible supporting cast, terrible execution, old tired and “done before” feeling humor. It was NOT the Myers return we had been hoping for. Not a total train wreck of a movie, but a wreck nonetheless. Overall I give The Love Guru a 3 out of 10.

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25 thoughts on “The Love Guru Review

  1. This film really made me laugh from start to finish. It was a bit odd at times but i thought it was a very funny easy going film. i would certainly watch it again.

  2. I believe that the movie was crap. The acting of Myers was very irritating. Maybe it was the character but then the character was irritating. It lacked the maturity. The only thing that I liked about the movie was Jessica Alba. She was the best actress to fit the character. Another thing i liked about the movie was the guru of the love guru (the SEVERELY cross eyed guy). He was hillarious. His accent and his face was the best in the movie.

    Overall…. Not a good movie to see….. Its better to watch rick roll….
    :)

  3. (Type your comment here. Make sure you’ve read the commenting rules before doing so) I have only ever walked out of one movie before and was dangerously close on this one. The premise seemed funny enough, but the jokes were lame, the names ridiculous, and at least now I know not to spend $20 on the dvd when it comes out in 2 or 3 weeks as this piece of junk will be out of the theatres shortly!

  4. John,
    Can you please post something so I don’t have to see Myers in that ridiculous garb everytime I check the site. It really is killing me.

  5. Hey, if y’all like Mike Myers, try seeing him in “54.” He doesn’t have a huge role, but he’s very good in it. I wish he would go on to do stuff like that because it’s obvious he would succeed (much like Sandler doing more drmamtic stuff – Reign Over Me, Punch Drunk, Spanglish, etc). The poster above makes me want to punch my monitor.

  6. Austin Powers Goes Hippie. What else did you expect? Roll with it. It had it’s moments and was better than a sharp stick in the eye.. Yeah Timberlake did suck, but what else is new? He’s no Markie Mark.

  7. Haven’t seen the flick yet, but I just want to say that John is totally right about “So I Married an Axe Murderer”–without a doubt it is Mike Myers best film. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor. It’s a perfectly balanced comedy with a solid script (written by Myers).
    It’s unfortunate that Myers has become so enamored with the outlandish, over-the-top characters his movies have featured over the last decade. I’d like to see better plots and less accents in his future projects.

  8. Everyone is forgetting that adults didn’t “get” Austin Powers until they heard their teenage son’s repeating the lines from the movie.
    Then the ” adults” watched it on video.

  9. Why does Jessica Alba keep on working? Granted she looks good, but there are tons of better looking actresses…I hope she gets pregnant and just raises her kid! Stay away from movies…unless of course she’s buying a ticket.

  10. Thanks for the review John.

    I just checked the estimates for Friday and it came in 4th after Get Smart, Increduble Hulk, and Kung Fu Panda.

  11. You should’ve gone to see “The Counterfetiers” or “Young People Fucking” – not a chance in hell I’ll go to to see this.

  12. One of the worst parts of being a movie reviewer must be having to sit through a horrible film that’s staring one of your favorite actors. It probably sucks for anyone actually… but when you HAVE to force yourself to watch it… that’s gotta suck. I feel for ya.

    bummer.

  13. Hit-and-miss. The best scenes were with Verne Troyer and Co. in his office, Ben Kingsley and Steven Colbert. The entire “hockey angle” was wasted, as you never cared about the player or his wife; JT’s turn as “Le Coq” was wasted, as he was never given any funny dialog. The running gag of being well-endowed was just silly. Jessica Alba is, well, Jessica Alba.

    Still better than Get Smart, as some of the humor works (even if it’s crude), but it’s not even on-par with Goldmember.

  14. It really doesn’t matter. It was crap. That’s all you need to know. Juvenile humor (the bad kind), crappy delivery, etc. Just… don’t go.

  15. Yeah pretty much what I expected all from watching the ALLMIGHTY trailer.

    Did anyone notice Colbert wearing a headset like a Jem Hadar ship-controlling head piece. (Ds9 geek reference.)
    That looked funny.

  16. I’ve got to say I agree with you that Stephen Colbert was great at this film. I only really laughed at one joke and chuckled at the rest. Although I admit he got me chuckling the most in the movie though. But really, I barely laughed at all, despite the talent in the movie. The only things I truly liked in the movie were Stephen Colbert, the music, and Verne Troyer in his outtake in the end of the movie.

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