THE LOVE GURU
Release Date: June 20, 2008
Starring: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba,
Justin Timberlake, Romany
Malco, Meagan Good, and Ben
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 88 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Marco Schnabel
Executive Producer: Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum
and Donald J. Lee, Jr.
Producer: Michael De Luca and Mike Myers
Writer: Mike Myers and Graham Gordy
Address Comments To:Sumner Redstone, Chairman/CEO
Brad Grey, Chairman/CEO
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Guru Pitka, played by Myers, was the American child of missionaries, who was dropped off at an ashram in India to be raised by Guru Tugginmypuddha. The guru is also raising his rival, Deepak Chopra. While Chopra is interested in enlightenment, Pitka is interested in sex. The guru tells Pitka if he keeps pleasuring himself, he’s going to go cross-eyed, just like Tugginmypuddha.
Pitka’s rivalry with Chopra continues as an adult. He does not want to be the No. 2 guru in the world. He develops a psychobabble version of Hindu teaching, telling people they have to go from “nowhere” to “Now Here”. The puns get worse, but they basically revolve around self-love and self-realization in the tradition of Yogananda and the Maharishi Yogi whom Meyers credits with inspiring some of the movie.
Pitka’s manager, D. Pants, says he can get Pitka on the Oprah program if he brings a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey player back together with his beloved wife. The owner of the Maple Leafs, Jane Bullard, will pay him several million dollars to do this. The star player, Darren, can no longer play because his wife, Prudence, has left him for a super-endowed L.A. Kings goalie.
This thin, thin, thin plot device is merely a vehicle for one sex joke, defecation joke, blasphemous joke, homosexual joke after another. Just as Pitka’s psychobabble is senseless, so is his approach to bringing Darren and Prudence back together. Pitka tells Darren that he must confront his mother, who’s an African American Baptist choir member and very, very.
According to the production notes, Mike Myers got interested in Hinduism and Deepak Chopra when his father died. He says Chopra helped him, but in the process, he also found a lot of humor in Hinduism. Making fun of a religion is bigotry. There’s a lot to criticize but it should be done openly, honestly, logically, and respectfully. The Golden Age of Hollywood Motion Picture Code, Section 8, said you shouldn’t mock anybody’s religion, but Myers has made a movie mocking Hinduism, Christianity and everything else that is sacred.
The amount of sexual content in THE LOVE GURU is overwhelming. The homosexual references and the male member sight gags are disgusting. No sexual perversion is overlooked, including bestiality. Pitka’s guru even asks about his parents’ sex life as Christian missionaries. The movie uses elements of Bollywood, the name for India’s movie industry, but they are out of context and fall flat. The music is intentionally eclectic and sometimes intentionally strident as Myers tries to mock musical styles with a bad boy grin.
Bad boy is the key word here. Myers seems to have gotten stuck in the scatological stage of juvenile cognitive development. He’s never matured to the point of respecting other people, if this movie is any indication. He has a very negative reputation in Hollywood, and it’s doubtful that THE LOVE GURU is going to improve that.
It is hard to imagine that anyone would want to see this movie. One does not have to be overly moral, righteous or religious to find this movie extremely offensive and poorly made.
Please keep your impressionable children and teenagers away from movies like THE LOVE GURU. To give this movie a PG-13 rating is an unforgivable travesty. In fact, don’t let your children go to any movie until you check out its content at movieguide.org.
This thin plot device tries to carry a stream of offensive sex, blasphemy and homosexual jokes. The flood of disgusting sexual content features every sexual perversion, including bestiality. No sane person would want to see this movie. One does not have to be overly moral, righteous or religious to find it extremely offensive and poorly made. Please keep your impressionable children away from movies like THE LOVE GURU. To give this movie a PG-13 rating is an unforgivable travesty. Don’t let your children go to any movie until you check out its content at movieguide.org.