The Love Guru Falls Far Short of Enlightenment
- Friday, June 20, 2008
Meanwhile, Oprah gets wind of the situation, thanks to Pitka’s smarmy publicist and decides that if the Guru can save this marriage, he can have that coveted spot on her show. So with a win-win situation for everyone on the line, Guru Pitka goes to work with his self-help strategies that are about as useful as the musings inside a fortune cookie.
The supposed comedy happening in the meantime could’ve been written by a junior high boy, and no one would’ve been the wiser, considering the low level of inspiration. It’s telling when Myers is always the first one laughing at his own jokes, and everyone else follows along like lemmings. Occasionally when Myers deviates away from his gross-out brand of scatological humor, he makes Coach Punch Cherkov (Verne Troyer) his comedic whipping boy. Apparently running out of material since the pair worked together in Austin Powers, Myers decides to recycle every tired “short” joke at Troyer’s expense. And that, along with a slew of seriously wince-inducing jabs at India’s culture (horrible, even when meant in fun) doesn’t make for a very enlightening (or funny) time at the movies.
- Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and talk of recreational drug use
- Language/Profanity: A sizable number of profanities scattered throughout, including those of a religious nature.
- Sex/Nudity: While people aren’t shown having sex, there’s constant crude references to it. And whenever Mike Myers has a chance to squeeze in a joke about male private parts or a double entendre, he does so and often. There’s also a scene that goes on and on that shows two elephants having sex.
- Violence: A fight breaks out in a bar. Several characters are kicked in the groin. At one point, someone actually throws Coach Punch Cherkov.
- Religion: The Guru Pitka’s self-help religion indicates that in order to love others, you must love yourself. That’s about as deep as his theology goes.
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