THE LOVE GURU is repulsive, embarrassing, disconnected, boring, and awful. It is intentionally offensive. Hindus have gotten upset by the movie. Everyone who stars in it should be ashamed. There is a form of Hinduism, a religion with thousands of so-called gods, which makes obscenity and ridicule a religious virtue. There’s a form of Hinduism that makes sex a religious virtue. There’s a form of Hinduism that makes defecation a form of religious virtue. There is even a Hindu temple devoted to worshipping animals. Mike Myers combines all of these Hindu oddities and turns it into one obscene movie.
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.
(PaPaPa, FRFR, AbAbAb, HoHoHo, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, A, DD, MMM) Extremely scatological, perversely sexual, somewhat Hindu, pagan worldview containing a lot of psychobabble, constant obscene sexual, infantile jokes with a solipsistic self-centeredness, plus very strong mocking of Hinduism, Christianity and religion and very strong homosexual jokes; 68 obscenities, two profanities and many instances of mocking religion, including an African American Baptist church; intense, over the top, slapstick violence such as midget shoots across the ice after being electro-shocked to revive his heart, hockey players beaten, kicked and hit in private parts at one point by two young pre-teen girls, a fight with mops soaked in Guru’s urine, and many other cases of over-the-top violence; constant sexual innuendo from the names of the characters to the locations as well as the dialogue, constant homosexual references especially between the guru and his assistant, two elephants mate on the ice, references to self-abuse, references to defecation, man does yoga position putting his head in his rear; upper male nudity, women in revealing costumes and disgusting visual references to male and female sex organs; alcohol use; drug use and references to drug use; and, anything immoral and objectionable that a wicked human mind can conceive.
THE LOVE GURU is repulsive, embarrassing, obscene, boring, and awful. It is intentionally offensive. Mike Myers is Guru Pitka, the son of missionaries, who abandoned him as a child to be raised by a crazed guru in India along with his nemesis rival Deepak Chopra. While Chopra is interested in enlightenment, Pitka is interested in sex. Pitka resents being the No. 2 guru in the world. His manager says he can get Pitka his big break on the Oprah program if he brings a Toronto Maple Leaf hockey player back together with his wife.
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.