Mike Myers: The Love Guru
I saw the screening, but has anyone else seen the movie yet?
If so, did you like it?
Does anyone participate regularly in movie screenings?
During a rare down night this past Monday, I was able to check out the first U.S. screening of the new Mike Myers movie “The Love Guru.” I’m now apparently on the list to see these things pretty often.
Mike Myers happens to be one of my favorite movie comedians, especially the Austin Powers series of flicks.
Unlike Austin Powers, which sort of had a connection to the James Bond villian/hero format, it seemed as if the plot for this movie tried to be a bit more original, which is kind of where it came up short. But it was still a post-production screening and some parts may or may not be in the June 20th release.
The comedy still had it’s good moments, with some funny lines from Myers (such as: (to a voluptious woman) “Excuse me, I’d like to buy two pickets to Tittsburgh..”) and a lot of play on words. The mantra used in the move was “Mariska Hargitay,” who is an actress on Law & Order.. Often times it was a bit over-the-top immature with the innuendos that seemed a bit played out after the first couple references. The “romantic” aspect of story was overall weak, but you don’t expect any kind of “serious” acting or plot in that respect. Jessica Alba just seemed to stand there and recite lines, but Justin Timberlake played his part well (Jacques “Le Coq” Grande).. he definitely has a future in comedy, especially after his SNL skits.
It’s one of those movies you’d probably want to watch a few times on DVD or HBO to pick up and remember some of the funnier lines. But in the end, it’s always enjoyable to see Mike Myers, but it’ll be hard for him to top the Austin Powers films.
Nielson – What exactly do they do?
Seeing a movie screening is interesting, watching how they organize and run the event.
I haven’t researched what the Nielson group does exactly, but I’m presuming that they run these screenings in various markets in the country to determine audience reaction, and use that data to strategize where marketing dollars should be spent, and how many theaters to open the movie up at. Does anyone know specifically what they’re looking for?
In this case, they also asked a lot of questions regarding whether we like this particular ending (it was a feel-good happy ending with Indian Style dancing, etc.) Chances are there are multiple endings and they’re weighing which one is the most well-received.
They picked various audience members to take part in an interview after the movie. Curiously, they only picked members who rated the movie “excellent” and saw more that 5 movies per month. Why would you only pick people who loved it? Wouldn’t you want to know what was wrong with the flick?
But it’s nice to see Myers back on screen again. Hopefully he’ll keep up his comedy work for a long time.