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.