The Love Guru

Release Date: June 20, 2008

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98/98 David Mumpower This is the worst movie I've seen since Alone in the Dark. If it had more singing and chainsaw killing of Meatloaf, it would be destined to become a midnight movie classic.

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Oh, Mike Myers. We really thought you were done making anything other than Austin Powers and Shrek films. Instead, you return this summer with The Love Guru, a comedy that crams all the jokes still left unused by the Austin Powers series.

Myers (who co-wrote the script) is Pitka, an American raised in India who would like to become a successful self-help guru. He is tasked by the Toronto Maple Leafs (that's a hockey team, doncha know) to help their star player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco, Weeds, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) whose play has been affected since his wife (Meagan Good) recently left him. Also starring is Jessica Alba as the Maple Leafs' owner (really? really???) and Justin Timberlake (I have no beef with this, he has excellent comedic potential) as a rival of Roanoke.

It wouldn't be a Mike Myers film without the presence of Verne Troyer, who plays the coach of the Maple Leafs, so of course there are midget jokes aplenty in the film's trailer. Also co-starring are Ben Kingsley, John Oliver (The Daily Show) and a cameo appearance by Jessica Simpson.

The Love Guru has generated a small amount of controversy in the Hindu community, where some are claiming it lampoons many sacred ideas of Hindus and Hinduism. We believe that nobody should be giving this movie any amount of free publicity. The trailer falls relatively flat, and not counting the abomination that was The Cat in the Hat, Myers has not appeared in a live action film since 2003's View From the Top, instead spending his days counting his millions made from the Shrek series. I could see an opening in the low to mid-teens for The Love Guru, but dropping off quickly from there and being one of the summer's bigger disappointments. (Tim Briody/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Love Guru
Main Cast Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake
Supporting Cast Ben Kingsley, Meagan Good, John Oliver, Verne Troyer, Romany Malco, Jim Gaffigan
Director Marco Schnabel
Screenwriter Mike Myers, Graham Gordy
Distributor Paramount
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Screen Count 3,012
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