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Crass, Humourless Tale of Self-Empowerment ; When The Love Guru Opened in America Earlier This Summer, Hindu Leaders Were Not Amused By Mike Myers’s Mockery of Their Spiritual Leaders, Calling for a Boycott of the Film.

August 2, 2008

When The Love Guru opened in America earlier this summer, Hindu leaders were not amused by Mike Myers’s mockery of their spiritual leaders, calling for a boycott of the film.

In truth, no one will be amused by this crass and humourless tale of self-empowerment, which bookends lack-lustre comic vignettes with Bollywood-style song and dance performances.

Marco Schnabel’s film isn’t mean-spirited, it’s just unremittingly dull, wrapping quasi-philosophical teachings in the usual mishmash of slapstick, innuendo and sight gags.

A musical nod to Wayne’s World raises a begrudging smile as does the running joke about an actress from TV drama Law & Order, but on the whole, Myers and Graham Gordy’s script blunders from one pitiful punch-line to the next.

Raised in an ashram since he was a child, Guru Pitka (Mike Myers) leaves his beloved mentor Guru Tugginmypuddha (Sir Ben Kingsley) to establish himself as an expert in self-help and spirituality in America.

In order to raise his profile, Pitka agrees to help Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco), star hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, to heal a rift with his estranged wife, Prudence (Meagan Good). Alas, she already has a new lover: Darren’s sworn rival on the ice, Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake).

The Love Guru espouses the importance of fulfilment through self- reflection but Schnabel’s film will only arouse feelings of self- loathing and frustration as audiences come to the blinding realisation they have wasted good money on second-rate goods.

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