THE LOVE GURU
Written by Brian Wylie
September 6, 2008
I am a huge Mike Myers fan and really wanted to see The Love Guru in theatres but for some reason I couldnít get there. So I was patient and waited for it to come out to DVD like I do for almost all my movies now a days. Man was I glad I waited. It just amazes me on how far Mike Myers has fallen from his Wayneís World days and even Austin Powers. It just seems like he is trying way too hard to make a bad joke funny and puts way too many awkward moments that just worsen the joke.
Our story starts out with you finding out that Mike Myers is trying to become the number one Guru in the world. He is constantly coming in second place. So to put him over the top and become the number one Guru and get to go on Oprah, his publicists tells him that he should take this job for the Toronto Maple Leafs and help get their number one player back on track.
Darren Roanoke has lost his wife to another hockey player. But this is not just any other hockey player, it is Le Coq. I think the name says it all on why Roanoke is a little shaky now when playing against Le Coqís team for the Stanley Cup.
So throughout the movie you find out why Mike Myers was studying to become a Guru, how he became the Guru that he is, and how everything in the hockey world is throw on to Guru Pitkaís shoulders. You have some great one liners but they are few and far between. And shockingly enough on supporting actor steals the show from all the stars around him.
You have a great cast for what could be one of the funniest movies around. With Mike Myers leading the way, you also get the likes of Romany Malco (40- year old virgin), Verne Troyer (Austin Powers), Jessica Alba (Good Luck Chuck), and a hilarious Justin Timberlake! That is right I said Justin Timberlake was freakin hilarious. SPOILER!!! He absolutely stole the show from everyone. On top of that he is probably the only reason I finished this movie, because I wanted to see what insane thing or say some hilarious comment in his goofy accent. His one liners and tattoos were head and shoulders above anything Mike Myers did. When he is the funniest thing in a movie with that cast I am sorry, the movie is a flop.
Surprisingly this movie looked really good on an upconverting form. The sets were vibrant and very well put together to fit every set. You really feel like you were in India when you were at Guru Pitkaís palace. Then the hockey scenes were really well done. You really felt like you were watching a hockey game and not a game in a movie. It reminded me a lot of how Mighty Ducks was filmed.
When you were in the hockey arena you felt like you were there. All the hitting, checking into the boards, slap shots, skating, fans going nuts or screaming in disgust. Everything felt and sounded real. Then you have some ok Indian music to go with some of the dance numbers here and there. Other than Justin Timberlake singing his favorite singers songs and the hockey scenes, nothing here is really worth talking about.
First of all, this movie will never go into my DVD player again, I wish I had the 86 minutes I used to watch this back and done something better with my time. You have eleven deleted or extended scenes that are worthless to watch and not really that funny. You have a blooper real that was kinda funny but once again, not Mike Myers usual stuff. Finally you have some outtakes that fail miserably.
Well I canít believe I am saying this but I finally found a Mike Myers movie that you donít want to see. I really have nothing good to say about this film at all except for the hockey scenes and Justin Timberlake. Jessica Alba was ok to look at but when she talked, you didnít feel like she could run a hockey team. Mike Myers had a lot of awkward pauses to try and make things funnier than they really were and he just made them even worse. This movie isnít even a good rental. Maybe a dollar rental so you can see what I mean about Justin Timberlake. Really he is the only reason to think about seeing this movie.