Mike Myers: The Love Guru

6/27/2008 Update:

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.

Initial Impressions

the love guru mike myers jessica alba justin timberlake - Mike Myers: The Love GuruMike 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.

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An astoundingly low metacritic score of 24/100…..and this is inflated because too many reviewers automatically give one star to everything as a baseline.

20New York Daily News Joe Neumaier
An atrocious, idiotic 88 minutes of anti-entertainment. To borrow word-shtick from the guru Pitka, it’s AWFUL as in, “Anyone Watching Feels, Um, Loser-ish.”

20NPR Bob Mondello
None of them — not one, not for a moment — is remotely funny.

20Austin Chronicle Josh Rosenblatt
It recycles gags from earlier and better Myers movies and hopes that the audience won’t notice because they’re too busy staring at Timberlake’s bursting Speedo.

12Rolling Stone Peter Travers
Ninety minutes pass like an eternity. Verdict: Down for the count.

10Salon.com Stephanie Zacharek
Offensive to Hindus. Never mind the Hindus; The Love Guru is offensive to pretty much anyone with a brain.

0The New York Times A.O. Scott
The Love Guru is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again.

0Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern
The road taken by The Love Guru could hardly be lower, and leads nowhere.

0Slate Dana Stevens
This tale of a guru who brings joy to all who meet him is the most joy-draining 88 minutes I’ve ever spent outside a hospital waiting room.


NY Times… Which might sum up “The Love Guru” in its entirety but only at the risk of grievously understating the movie’s awfulness. A whole new vocabulary seems to be required. To say that the movie is not funny is merely to affirm the obvious. The word “unfunny” surely applies to Mr. Myers’s obnoxious attempts to find mirth in physical and cultural differences but does not quite capture the strenuous unpleasantness of his performance. No, “The Love Guru” is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again. And this is, come to think of it, something of an achievement. What is the opposite of a belly laugh? An interesting question, in a way, and to hear lines like “I think I just made a happy wee-wee” or “I’m making diarrhea noises in my cup” or to watch apprentice gurus attack one another with urine-soaked mops is to grasp the answer. Please don’t misunderstand: I’m not opposed to infantile, regressive, scatological humor. Indeed, I consider myself something of a connoisseur. Or maybe a glutton. So it’s not that I object to the idea of, say, witnessing elephants copulate on the ice in the middle of a Stanley Cup hockey match, or seeing a dwarf sent flying over the same ice by the shock of defibrillator paddles. But it will never be enough simply to do such things. They must be done well. Instead Mr. Myers floats through “The Love Guru” with the serene confidence that… Read more »


I blame Justin Timberlake.


I’m sorry but this movie has received the most universally bad reviews any film has had in years- one memorably said it wasn’t unfunny it was anti-funny. Watching the trailer is painful. If you think this movie is even passably watchable, you have crap taste.


I like Mike Myers, but this movie looks unwatchable.