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Seriously folks, I really don't understand the hate for this movie. I
rented it this past weekend. After watching it I felt I was watching an
Austin Powers film with a different set of characters. The humor and
style of the movie were very similar. Honestly for the life of me I
wonder how Austin Powers could get great reviews then this one not get
the same reviews. Maybe people don't like the middle eastern character
with a goofy bready look....I can not believe peoples sense of humors
changed so much. One thing for sure many of the reviews for this movie
happened either before or shortly after this movie came out. Makes me
wonder if people actually watched it.
My recommendation is that everyone who has seen and liked the Austin Powers movies to give this movie a chance. If you never even liked Austin Powers then skip this one. But don't come here and reject this movie off of the reviews on this site. This movie was a lot better than Zohan.
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I think by now anyone who sees a Mike Myers film can expect the same
recipe that has made him billions, the Austin Powers recipe. How can
you hate on The Love Guru when it is exactly everything that the Austin
Powers films were? For all the terrible reviews and constant heckling
about the content of this film after all was said and done I actually
thought it wasn't half bad. Ridiculous? You better believe it.
Childish? Completely. Making you laugh when you feel guilty about
laughing at such stupidity? That's called Mike Myers. Some compare this
film to the earlier Adam Sandler film You Don't Mess With The Zohan
(see my review) and yet I can say in all honesty I thought The Love
Guru was far more entertaining than Zohan in many ways. Maybe it's
simply that Mike Myers can pull of childish humor better than any
man...or comedian alive and that's what seems to make him tick. I'm not
encouraging anyone to rush out and see this and I'm not telling you
it's any great feat of film making by any means and it shouldn't be
compared to anything really currently in theaters. All I am saying is
for the expectations I had and for stupid humor it was watchable and
even humorous at times.
Mike Myers is remarkably only one character...Guru Pitka, a white man who was raised in the traditions of Eastern religion and is now the world's second leading Guru (behind Deepak Chopra--a running gag in the film.) Myers is silly and funny and damn it he's having a good time and that's what makes this film insatiably watchable despite your better judgment. His character, like so many others he has created, is somehow lovable and fun to watch. His acting stinks but clearly he's doing an elongated skit and it's like the friend you have who always does stupid voices and makes you laugh. Jessica Alba sticks out like a hot sore thumb in this film. The last person you'd expect to see in this as a major leading character and somehow a romantic interest for Myers is Jessica Alba. She does alright although her strong suit is really standing there and looking hot and saying a few lines and she is really good at that. Romany Malco is decent enough as a troubled hockey player and the straight man to Myers jokes. Verne Troyer (yes Mini Me) plays the Maple Leafs coach and probably gives one of the best actual acting performances in the entire film. He's funny in an angry kind of way and just really does a great job. Finally the star of the show the entire reason to see this film...Justin Timberlake. I knew after he hosted Saturday Night Live this guy had comedic talent and he just blows you away as the well endowed Celine Dion obsessed French Canadian goalie for the Kings. He is hilarious and he is having a great time too clearly. It's not a role that requires anything but to have a good time and act like a goof and his is awesome. He outshines even Myers with his comedy. Also check out a substantial comedic cameo by none other than Sir Ben Kingsley as the cross eyed Guru Tugginmypudha. Also the film is chock full of Hollywood cameos including Deepak Chopra, Jessica Simpson, Kanye West, Rob Blake, Val Kilmer and a funny little cameo by Law and Order's Mariska Hargitay.
The movie is not a good movie case closed and it doesn't try to be. It's like going to a wild party for an hour and a half and I left and I actually felt good, still laughing at how stupid some of it was and yet isn't that exactly what they were trying to do? The sheer idea of Buddhists or any religion being upset about this film is ludicrous. It never once tries to take itself seriously or even take jabs at Indian culture. I've seen comedies and dramas that are far more ignorant to religions and cultures than this could ever be because it's like they are standing up and saying...this is not serious now have fun!! Toilet humor abounds, stupid jokes, eye rolling humor and yet somehow it's just fun. So if you think you might enjoy something like this then take this over Zohan any day because it's the dumbest thing in the theaters but you won't feel like you wasted your time or money. I'd even probably sit through it again for Justin Timberlake alone. This is director Marco Schnabel's debut and I think he probably just let Mike Myers have his way but this is what you should expect. 6/10
Critics have slated this film and so have many of the public but this
film is without a doubt in my top five favourite films ever. Mike Myers
is, as usual, brilliant and as far as i'm concerned the best comic
actor of this time.
I don't care what some others may think this film is comedy gold and had me rolling around laughing. (much to the concern of others watching with me)
If you have not seen this film do not judge it from the reviews but watch it yourself because this film is a love or hate thing. I hope you love it!
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I personally found this film so funny! I think this is Myers's best character to date, move over Austin(got bored after 1st)... I laughed throughout the film and had to watch it a second time. I can't for the life of me understand the negative comments made about this movie, probably all die hard Austin fans that can't cope with the change. Firstly this is not to be taken seriously (as all comedies by the way), If you are in a silly mood and can take a joke without trying to be a smart a** "I'm too mature" person then this is one for you. It has it's clever moments of comedy brilliance as well.. Ben Kingsley makes a great appearance as the cross eyed mentor. Justin Timberlake impressed me as the hilarious Celine Dion fanatic Grande. And Myers creates another fantastic character. A great treat from a great comedian of our times. Loved it! Fantastic fun!!! If you are bored and feeling nowhere then watch this film and you will find yourself "now-here"TM lol! Enjoy
Even before the movie was released, this movie had bad publicity. I
myself thought this was going to be a crappy movie. From the trailer,
it looks as if Mike Myers is recycling his old jokes for this movie.
So after The Love Guru was released, the critics ripped the movie apart, saying Mike Myers is a "has been" and has lost his comedic touch. They complained that he keeps doing the some jokes over and over again in his movies, and they have a point there.
So after watching it, I was surprised at how funny I found it. Sure he rehashes some of his old jokes, but the rehashes worked well in the movie. These jokes worked better in this movie than in his Austin Powers movies. In his Austin Powers movies, he kinds of over-do it with his jokes, it's like "Yeah, I get the joke already", but he keeps banging the joke on your head until it loses its funniness. It seems that he's learned from his mistakes and the jokes are done very well in this movie. He has learned when to stop.
Plus, compared to his previous movies, this movie is heavier on word-play jokes than physical jokes. And I like it like that.
This is funny no matter how you look at it, if you want top notch on
the edge of your seat acting then grow up, that never ever happens in a
I was laughing quite a few times in this movie and so were others around me. If you don't get Mike Myers then your probably too serious of a person for a comedy, just go and watch The Colour Purple for the hundredth time (yuck!).
Don't take life so seriously its meant to be funny and I for one enjoyed this movie. At one point it feels like a bollywood movie but I liked how the Indian culture was represented here and treated with respect. The few surprise appearances by some very good actors was a great touch and dealt with very funny.
Fun for ALL the family 7/10
The Love Guru Rated: PG-13 Time: 1:28 Stars: Jessica Alba, Romany
Malco, Verne Troyer, Justin Timberlack, Ben Kingsley, Meagan Good, Mike
Myers and a bunch of others Final Grade: D Summary: This is going to be
short, sweet and simple
for both of our sakes! When it comes to
interweaving crass, sexual innuendo jokes and synonyms into a script
and storyline, Mel Brooks is a master. He knows how to do off color
with color, flair and most importantly class. He knows when to stop and
when enough is enough. Mike Myers is clearly no Mel Brooks
This movie from start to finish is a crass satirical pun on the whole guru movement and "guru's" everywhere. Interlaced with constant sexual innuendo, some more obvious and crass than others, Myers is attempting to make us laugh at the stupidity of people believing in guru's and the whole concept of the over marketed and under delivered shyster guru's that inundate our society. Whereas I do believe that guru's of all shapes and sizes have tended to prey on the weak emotions and psychological wants and needs to build their existences versus actually delivering quantifiable product, thereby giving continued credence to P.T. Barnum's statement "There's a sucker born every minute!" And clearly, Myers has capitalized on this lemming mentality as well in the crowds following the master guru's in his movie. But he does so with a dialog soaked in crass sexual innuendo.
Now, I like a good pun probably as much if not more than the next person and truth be told, there's a few really good lines and scenes in here but way too few and one of the best comes during the credits as a blooper now that's really sad! Not even the absolutely stunning and beautiful Jessica Alba couldn't save this one.
Add this one to the growing list of "movies best not made", and go see something else.
And that's the way I saw it, From Where I Stand.
OK, I didn't go to this flick expecting "Gone with the Wind" but I was
expecting some decent comedy. I'm stunned that such a well assembled
cast, Jessica Alba, Ben Kingsley, Justin Timberlake and even Verne
Troyer would turn out for such a piece of crap.
The writing in this movie is horrible and not much more than an endless string of penis jokes badly bufferred by Myers simply mugging at the camera. I was expecting something along the lines of "All of Me". What I saw was an overblown vanity piece for Myers that was simply not funny.
Myers has written some extremely funny stuff in the past. This was not one of them. Someone needs to tell the Emporer he has no clothes.
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Being a huge fan of Mike Myers I have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed with the previews for this film. Not having a huge desire to see the film I did end up watching it by default on a dinner date. I'm glad to say that the movie was much more entertaining and on par with most of Mike Myers past work. As the love Guru, Mike was true to the comical genius and work that fans of his have come to enjoy. Albeit not the greatest movie for 2008, I thought it was true to Mikes roots and had plenty of slapstick laughs. Even Jessica Alba's generally poor acting was well done here with her playing the unpopular owner of the Maple leafs. With the addition of Verne Troyer as the Maple leafs coach, Justin Timberlake as the antagonist and fellow upcoming popular actor Romany Malco, the movie had a good cast. I was pleased that there were no dry spots and the movie played consistent until the end. Overall I give the movie a 7 with it being decidedly funnier than this years long list of crappy comedy's. If your a fan of Mike Myers, I recommend this fun movie.
I don't understand the hate for this movie. If you are being totally objective, this movie's "quality" of humor is no worse than in Mike Myer's last two Austin Powers movies...lots of body fluid jokes, penis jokes, defecating jokes, midget jokes, etc. And if you can tolerate ridiculous characters like Fat Bastard I don't see why you would have any problem with the ones in this movie. I actually found Verne Troyer to be quite funny in this one and not just because of his midgetness. He delivered some of the best lines. I also thought Stephen Colbert's portrayal of the insane sportscaster to be quite hilarious. Anyway, overall this was a lot like Myer's previous comedies...a lot of vulgar jokes, some don't work, some do...but I think I found myself laughing more watching the Love Guru than the Austin Powers movies.
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