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The Love Guru Review

The Love Guru: Oh, Hell No

I'm having a hard time with the old axiom "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all" while figuring out how to share my thoughts on the new Mike Myers comedy (and by the way, that categorization is a stretch) The Love Guru. I have to be honest, I've been sitting on this for a few days now, and I'm hard-pressed to find a single decent thing to say about it. There is juvenile, there is crude, there is downright not funny. . . and then there is this movie.

In addition to the general unfunniness, watching The Love Guru is practically unbearable due to the desperation that permeates the entire film. It's hard to tell if Myers realized most of the shticks were lame, or if he felt that because he's Mike Meyers people will laugh, so he has carte blanche to go as low as he's ever felt like going. The camera is so close to his face for so much of the film, we see every bit of manic energy going into each line, and he uses this intense stare to practically will (or beg?) us to find it all hilarious. It's sad. And uncomfortable. Not even Justin Timberlake in speedos with a funny Canadian accent can salvage this attempt at humor.

If you're curious about what I found specifically mind boggling about this movie,

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Here's what's baffling to me: it's not like the world of self-actualization and New Age philosophies (not to mention the rabid celebrity followings these things can sometimes attract) aren't easy targets for comedians. I'm curious why Myers didn't create a ridiculous hybrid of these "gurus" as a way of perhaps poking fun at the self-help industry. Instead he goes way over the top into Indian culture and Hinduism, and if I wasn't reeling from the idiocy of the jokes I probably would have noticed that I was also offended. We're talking about Indians fighting each other with urine and eating "weird" foods that look like a man's scrotum, not to mention lame attempts at Bollywood-style musical numbers.

In the end, the worst crime committed by Myers is a strange, self-obsessed unwillingness to edit himself at all. In fact, he laughs at his own jokes three out of four times throughout the movie. And in an eerie twist, it's as if he knows we're not laughing because he drills many of the gags into the ground, I guess using some nutty rationale that the 90th time's the charm. For example, his greeting to all his subjects is the name of Law & Order actress, Mariska Hargitay. Everyone says "Mariska Hargitay" each time they greet each other and it's not funny. And then to prove to us that it is funny — Hello! Don't you get it? It's not a real greeting, it's the actress! Mariska Hargitay! — Mariska Hargitay herself shows up to greet Myer's character with a "Mariska Hargitay" and. . . nope, still not funny. Just annoying, now.

Whatever fine line Myers has walked in the past between base humor and staying true to the memorable (if absurd) character he's playing, he took a flying leap over it with this film and it's heartbreaking to see.

Photos courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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joesbabygirl joesbabygirl 8 years
It doesn't look to be that interesting actually.
Kaysnowboarder Kaysnowboarder 8 years
Buzz, I am so glad that you reviewed this and did not give it a rating. The trailor and promos have been so offensive that I was wondering - doesn't anyone see that this is racist and he is not being called on it. Way to go for calling it like it is - a racist obnoxious movie.
Mindbolt Mindbolt 8 years
It's so sad really, but you always hear that the other side of genius is madness. Did anybody read the Entertainment Weekly article about him and this movie? Seriously, he is considered such a difficult person in the industry that there were actually people rooting against him to succeed with this movie! How insane is that?
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Have to admit, was not tempted to go see this in the least. Review justifies that feeling. ;)
Anniina Anniina 8 years
Poor Mike actually..
d22ghj d22ghj 8 years
I think Justin Timberlake is a box office curse, all his movies have either bombed or gone straight to DVD.
orisugar orisugar 8 years
i watched the preview for this movie on american idol and I was really offended. Mike Myers made a complete ass of himself on that show. ALso his comments to the Davids were really not funny and very awkward.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 8 years
Ugh, I didn't want to see this from the start, but I got talked into watching it with a group of friends. BIGGEST WASTE OF TIME/MONEY...EVER!!! Buzz is right on the nose with her review, it was exactly what I thought it would be...FLAT OUT AWFUL. I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought it was so bad, because I felt like I was the only one in the theater who was not laughing at the gross jokes.
Hootie Hootie 8 years
I'll pass on this movie for sure! Thanks for the review Buzz! Sorry you had to waste your time watching it! :hug:
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
Ouch.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I love that this movie was so bad it didn't even warrant a star rating. Hysterical!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
Wow. I feel for you Buzz. That sounds like an excruciating experience! Not that I would have seen it anyway, but it sounds like you're doing a public service here for those who might have been curious!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Glad this has been on my to-be-missed list for awhile now. Sounds dreadful, indeed.
nancita nancita 8 years
Wow. That just sounds dreadful. I wondered if this movie might be offensive, and it sounds like it is, and not just for its cultural insensitivity. Baffling indeed. Thanks for a funny review of an unfunny movie though.
tiabia tiabia 8 years
CaterpillarGirl, I believe that was during his So I Married An Ax Murder , a movie which I love by the way. As for Love Guru, I never had much desire anyway.
lily8206 lily8206 8 years
Ouch. Oh well, I wasn't planning on seeing it anyways.
nina_e nina_e 8 years
I'm not really shocked by your bad review, I'm shocked that it was that bad. There is a fine line between funny and offensive. I hate it when it gets to the offensive point
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
i had it up to here with mike when he wouldnt stop the scottish accent for everything.
CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 8 years
Not surprised by this review. Mike Meyers is one of those weird actors who lives through the character he is playing. So if you don't like the character, you won't like the skit. For example, I will laugh insanely at Mike Meyers as Wayne Campbell, Dr. Evil, or Austin Powers. And I am thinking, its not so much because Mike Meyers is funny, as the character he is playing is. Its an interesting phenomenon. Its like he creates the character, becomes the character, and then turns that character loose on us. If you watch any interviews with actors/actresses that have worked with him, they all say the same thing, he is in character 24/7 while he is working. I saw an interview where after shooting a Dr Evil scene Mike Meyers left for the day, and bullied everyone he came in contact with on his way home. He wasn't just playing Dr Evil - He WAS Dr Evil. Imagine having to live with that?
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 8 years
I dunno, reading the Mariska Hargitay schtick on the computer sounds kinda funny. This movie is not something I would ever see in a theatre though. Consider that full price movies for 2 are now $20. Now, not only is it smarter to wait until it comes on rental, but that's the SAME price as if you were to buy the whole DVD!
JCP0240 JCP0240 8 years
Ugh this is too bad, not that I thought it would be any good at all. Such a disappointment because I loved him in the first 2 Austin Powers. Buzz not even worthy to get a rating? Haha Can't say I'd be surprised!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
HAR-git-ay
stephley stephley 8 years
I'm confused because Myers did an episode of Iconoclasts with Depak Chopra on Sundance and then does this (or was working on this at the time). Seems very nasty passive-aggressive.
Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
I kinda figured it would be like that. I'm not a fan of this "type" of movie.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
I don't know what to say.
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