August 2, 2008

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.

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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