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The Love Guru (12A)

PUBLISHED: 15:16 30 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

The Love Guru (12A) www.lovegurumovie.com There was a time, some ten years ago, where everyone in the world loved Mike Myers. The Canadian comic has been responsible for some of the most iconic comic moments of the last 15 years. Whether it be a

The Love Guru (12A)

www.lovegurumovie.com

There was a time, some ten years ago, where everyone in the world loved Mike Myers.

The Canadian comic has been responsible for some of the most iconic comic moments of the last 15 years.

Whether it be a car full of rockers headbanging to Queen or a 1960's gentleman spy shouting out 'yeah baby', people have responded positively to his creations.

The goodwill and laughter could well be on the way out though with Myers' latest creation in a film which makes you realise that there is only so much humour that can be tapped from one well.

Pitka (Mike Myers) is the world's second best guru dishing out the secrets of the perfect relationship to wealthy westerners.

Amid dreams of becoming the number one in the world and having a spot on Oprah he is employed by a hockey team to get their star player back together with his wife and in turn bring back the winning ways to the club.

In The Love Guru the limitations of Mike Myers are laid bare for all to see in glorious Technicolor.

Despite the premise being set miles away from his previous incarnations The Love Guru feels little more than a re-hash of Austin Powers and Wayne's World.

Where before we laughed at a midget being put in a pillow case and thrown around the room now we are supposed to giggle to a midget being hit in the head with a hockey puck.

Where before we tittered at a man with golden genitals now we are supposed to guffaw at a man with gigantic genitals.

All too often Myers returns to what he knows - a visual pun or a crude innuendo and then does little more than smiles into the camera.

A prime opportunity for comedy in the form of a French Canadian lethario is shamefully wasted on a truly dreadful Justin Timberlake.

In the hands of a more accomplished comedy actor you feel the role could have been a lot meatier and made the whole film a hell of a lot funnier but as it is opportunity after opportunity is lost.

If comedy is nothing more than saying a pun or showing elephants mating on ice then this film is the Citizen Caine of anymore.

With films such as Knocked Up and Superbad ruling the roost, The Love Guru feels like it belongs in the mid-nineties with Ace of Bass.

Even the vision of the gorgeous Jessica Alba dancing around in a sari can't save this mess.

One to avoid for all but fans of Mike Myers.

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk


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