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The Love Guru

The Love Guru

In Theatres: 
Jun 20, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 28 Minutes

Mike Myers returns in his same comical role, this time as the love Guru, Pitka, who attempts to fix the relationship between star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) and his wife, Prudence.  In an attempt to break the Bullard curse and win the Stanley Cup, Toronto Maple Leafs owner, Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) hires Guru Pitka to fix her player’s love life so he can play normally. The Guru finds himself in falling into a relationship of his own as he goes through the DRAMA method of fixing Roanoke’s marriage. Prudence has fallen in love with Jacques Grande, the goalie for the opposing team, and Darren must do everything he can to win her back.

I view Mike Myers as either a hit or miss kinda person. There are some films that I love, but others I can’t stand. In this one, I can’t stand his character. It’s the same jokes over and over, with the main focus on acronyms and word play on names. Honestly, almost everyone’s name has a double meaning, from Coach Cherkov to Dick Pants. At first I found them to be somewhat clever and funny but then they became stupid and overused. Don’t get me started on the singing either. Watching Myers attempt to sing with an accent at points was horrendous. Same goes for the dubbing of other characters *cough* Jessica Alba *cough*.

While I disliked Myers, the other characters redeemed the film a bit. I absolutely loved the two hockey announcers, played by Stephen Colbert and Jim Gaffigan. They reminded me of the two from Dodgeball with their back and forth humor. I also enjoyed Romany Malco’s performance although he wasn’t up to par with his other acting roles. There were even some cameo appearances from other actors, even though they weren’t really necessary.

Overall, the film was more entertaining that I originally thought yet it still had plenty of faults. Would I recommend a $10 ticket to see it? Not really. There wasn’t enough substance to keep things going. There were a few laughs every now and then but nothing memorable. I suggest waiting for the DVD if anything.

Matt Rodriguez
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