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DVD Review: The Love Guru

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It’s been awhile since Mike Myers was in a live action movie. He’s been doing Shrek for a number of years now so the idea of a new character had me intrigued. In the featurettes Meyers says he has a love for eastern philosophy and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and came up with character of The Love Guru and began to workshop the character to crowds, who liked what they saw.

Unfortunately that doesn’t translate well to the big screen. Myers is Guru Pitka, an American raised outside of the US by gurus. He’s attempting to get into the self-help business and comes to the states after Toronto Maple Leafs owner Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) contacts him to help her star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco). Roanoke has left his wife and now is in a slump since she’s sleeping with the most well-endowed player in the league, Jacques ‘Lecoq’ Grande (Justin Timberlake).

The Love Guru just doesn’t work for me. There’s a lot of talent in this movie, but the plot isn’t worth their time. It feels like a skit from Saturday Night Live that just goes on and on, refusing to end. The endless double and triple entendres, potty humor, and bad puns grate on you after a while.

There are a number of extras on The Love Guru:

"Mike Myers and The Love Guru: An Inside Look" – This behind the scenes featurette tells us where Myers got the idea for The Love Guru and how the character was developed. There are also interviews with the cast and crew, including Jessica Alba who says the comedy has a lot of heart. This was your basic fluff piece about the film.

"One Helluva Elephant" – For a couple of scenes a mechanical half-elephant was used. This feature shows what it took to not only create the elephant, but what it took to operate it as well.

"Hockey Training for Actors" – Another fluff piece where we’re told over and over that the movie is a great story that coincidentally has hockey in it. The main point was to show how much training the actors went through so the hockey scenes didn’t look fake to the Canadian audience, and how they cast all the extras.

"Deleted and Extended Scenes" – There are a total of eleven scenes which include an alternate ending. There’s no explanation as to why these scenes are deleted; a commentary or introduction would have helped here. I will say that the alternate ending was better than the one that ended up in the film and should have been used instead.

"Bloopers" – Your typical blooper reel, but you can see all the fun everyone was having on set. It’s too bad it didn’t translate into the film itself.

"Back in the Booth with Trent and Jay" – Steve Colbert and Jim Gaffigan are unconventional sports announcers in the film. This featurette contains additional scenes and bloopers of the pair.

"Outtakes and More" – Some scenes had alternate takes with alternate lines or physical comedy. They’re compiled here for you to view.

What’s missing is a commentary track. Maybe if you could hear the intention of the scenes it would have made more sense.

The Love Guru just isn’t up to the standards I’ve come to expect from Mike Meyers and I hope his next non-Shrek endeavor will be better.

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