Love Guru

The Love Guru

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Director: Marco Schnabel

Cast: Marco Schnabel, Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake

     
 

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Austin Powers trilogy star Mike Myers collaborates with writer Graham Gordy for this comedy concerning a self-help guru named Pitka (Myers) who devotes his life to unknotting the romantic entanglements of troubled couples. As a young child, Pitka is abandoned at the gates of an ashram in India and taken in by kindly gurus. An

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Austin Powers trilogy star Mike Myers collaborates with writer Graham Gordy for this comedy concerning a self-help guru named Pitka (Myers) who devotes his life to unknotting the romantic entanglements of troubled couples. As a young child, Pitka is abandoned at the gates of an ashram in India and taken in by kindly gurus. An American by birth, Pitka absorbs the lessons taught to him by his teachers and later returns to the United States to become a leading authority on spirituality and self-help. While Pitka's methods are decidedly unorthodox, they may be the only means of ensuring that the Toronto Maple Leafs win the coveted Stanley Cup. Maple Leafs star Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) is in trouble. His estranged wife has recently begun dating L.A. Kings star Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake) in a vengeful effort to send her husband's career into a tailspin, and when Roanoke starts to falter on the ice, the whole team starts to suffer. As their visions of leading the Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup are quickly going up in flames, team owner Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) and Coach Cherkov (Verne Troyer) enlist the aid of the world's best-known relationship expert in restoring the peace between Roanoke and his wife, and getting their team back on track to the championships.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Mike Myers is willing to do anything to make an audience laugh. Dick jokes, poop jokes, tortured puns, outlandish accents, and stylized make-up, have been in his repertoire since he first became a household name on Saturday Night Live. Since the stereotype goes that comics are by nature needy -- constantly desiring an audience's laughter and approval to fill some emotional void in their lives -- many comedians willing to be this ridiculous come off as pitifully desperate. Myers will forever remain a more interesting figure than many of his peers because, while he's willing to do anything at all for a laugh, he always seems to be able to commit to the jokes so fully that one senses he thinks they are funny. As the Guru Pitka, the world's second most popular self-help advisor, Myers dons a ridiculous thatch of facial hair, an Indian accent that wavers from scene to scene, and a chastity belt. Forever desiring an Oprah appearance so that he may become the next Deepak Chopra, Pitka gets hired by the owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (a competent Jessica Alba) to help the team's star player (an under-utilized Romany Malco) get back together with his wife after their separation sapped him of his hockey skills. The film weaves together a loving parody of self-help lingo and logic (easily the strongest material in the film) with a stream of juvenile humor so consistent that it makes the Austin Powers movies seem like the work of Noël Coward. You will either respond to a grand finale that hinges on elephants having sex on the ice during the Stanley Cup finals or you won't, and the odds of you laughing might hinge mostly on your response to Myers during his entire career. As an actor and writer, Myers seems incapable of doing a joke that he doesn't think is funny, which makes sitting through an unfunny patch with him more tolerable than it might otherwise be. One of the central lessons learned in The Love Guru is that other people may say bad things about you, but you must never say bad things about yourself. The statement applies to the film as a whole because others might not find it nearly as funny or as profound as Myers does, but the fact is that he "means" every frame of this film -- all the positive messages as well as the midget defribulation -- and that sincerity makes the film somewhat interesting even though it falls short of successful.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302079
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
41,591

Special Features

Mike Myers and The Love Guru - An Inside Look HD; One Helluva Elephant HD; Hockey Training for Actors HD; Deleted and Extended Scenes HD; Bloopers HD; Back in the Booth With Trent and Jay HD; Outtakes HD; Theatrical Trailer HD

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike Myers Guru Pitka
Jessica Alba Jane Bullard
Justin Timberlake Jacques "Le Coq" Grande
Romany Malco Darren Roanoke
Verne Troyer Coach Cherkov
Ben Kingsley Guru Tugginmypudha
Meagan Good Prudence
Omid Djalili Guru Satchabigknoba
Jessica Simpson Herself
Kanye West Himself
Deepak Chopra Himself
Robert Blake Himself
Manu Narayan Rajneesh
John Oliver Dick Pants
Stephen Colbert Jay Kell
Jim Gaffigan Trent Lueders
Telma Hopkins Lillian Roanoke
Daniel Tosh Cowboy Hat
Ron Huebel Frat Guy
Rob Gfroerer Sickly Nerd
Rob Cohen Nerd
Linda Kash Female Reporter
Bob Bainborough assistant coach
Autam Chopra Aka Deepkak Early 20's
Gotham Chopra Deepak Early 20's
Suresh John Indian Man
Trevor Heins Young Pitka
Jaan Padda Young Deepak
Sean Cullen Referee
Mike Nahrgang Angry Fan
Matt Baram EMT
Boyd Banks EMT
Samantha Bee Cinnabon Cashier
Garry Robbins Biker
Peter Schoelier Uncle Jack
Ben Gans Goal Post Judge
Taylor Flood 11 Year Old Girl
Alexia Filippeos 11 Year Old Girl
Shakti Kupil Sanjay
Graham Gordy DJ
Michelle Marshall Oprah Winfrey Voice Double
Jahlani Bishop Children's Church Choir
Zoia Davis Children's Church Choir
Donna Ellis Children's Church Choir
Jazmine Jeffrey Children's Church Choir
Danielle Johnson Children's Church Choir
Carlisa Lewis Children's Church Choir
Elyssa Marshall Children's Church Choir
Jamila Mason Children's Church Choir
Nathaniel Robinson Children's Church Choir
Helen Semmunigus Children's Church Choir
Daniel Skeete Children's Church Choir
Tierra McRae-Spence Children's Church Choir
Kadesha Webb Children's Church Choir
Clarice Gillard Children's Church Choir
Raemiah Dorrington Children's Church Choir
Knikole Frans Children's Church Choir
Zachary Jones-Hurst Children's Church Choir
Tyra Jones-Hurst Children's Church Choir
Adisa Liburd Children's Church Choir
Sabrina Morris Children's Church Choir
Nadine Muir Children's Church Choir
Larissa Abrams-Ogg Children's Church Choir
Tracey Soman Children's Church Choir
Alpha Kayondo Children's Church Choir
Ashton Williams Children's Church Choir
Madhumita Sen Group Dancer
Krystal Kiran Garib Group Dancer
Uppekha Jain Group Dancer
Dani Jazzar Group Dancer
Karun Pathak Group Dancer
Sachin Bhatt Group Dancer
Prosenjit Kundu Group Dancer
Robert Halley Group Dancer
Sharat Chawla Group Dancer
Namita Kapoor Group Dancer
Hetal Patel Group Dancer
Nazneen Irani Group Dancer
Shereen Ladha Group Dancer
Sharona D'Ornellas Group Dancer

Technical Credits
Marco Schnabel Director
Stephen F. Andrich Cinematographer
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Josh Bratman Co-producer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
Christal Christensen Producer
Eric Christensen Executive Producer
George S. Clinton Score Composer
Carol Costello Costumes/Costume Designer
Liz Crawford Producer
Michael De Luca Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Tucker Doherty Set Decoration/Design
David Fremlin Art Director
Sean Gannet Associate Producer
Graham Gordy Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Edward T. Hanley Costumes/Costume Designer
Lee Haxall Editor
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Steve Kempster Score Composer
Donald J. Lee Executive Producer
Sandra MacDonald Costumes/Costume Designer
Trelawnie Mead Costumes/Costume Designer
Mike Myers Producer,Screenwriter
Cam North Cinematographer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Gregory Perler Editor
Rene Tougeron Executive Producer
Billy Weber Editor
Charles Wood Production Designer

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The Love Guru 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
VinnyP More than 1 year ago
This movie was horrid the acting was bad, i want to know what the writer was thinking when he thought of half the stuff in the movie. Anyone who thought this movie was funny is crazy. This movie is not worth the change in my pocket. ~1.58/5
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
the movie plat story dialog everythign was poorly done. the actors probly did the best they could with what they were givin. but that can only go so far.
ellie75 More than 1 year ago
this movie was not what I have expected, it is not as funny as other movies ben stiller played in.
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