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- 1 hr 31 min
The Love Guru is a 2008 comedy film directed by Marco Schnabel and written by Mike Myers, who also stars in the film. The film also stars Jessica Alba, Romany Malco, Justin Timberlake, Verne Troyer, and Ben Kingsley. The film follows the story of Pitka (Mike Myers), an American raised in an Indian ashram and trained in the ways of love by Guru Tugginmypuddha (Ben Kingsley). Pitka is hired by Toronto Maple Leafs owner Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) to help her star player, Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco), get over a slump caused by his wife leaving him for a rival athlete, Jacques Grande (Justin Timberlake).
Pitka's methods of motivational speaking and self-help are a mix of Eastern mysticism and Western pop culture, including the use of catchphrases, such as "Mariska Hargitay" and "The Tootsie Roll". Pitka also employs a variety of unusual techniques to assist Darren, including teaching him the art of self-love, helping him reconnect with his mother, and providing him with a personalized soundtrack.
Along the way, Pitka faces various challenges, including the advances of Jane, who becomes attracted to him, and the schemes of Jacques, who plots to steal Jane away as revenge for Pitka's interference in his relationship with Darren's wife. Throughout the film, Pitka's teachings are juxtaposed against Jacques' more materialistic approach to love and sex.
The Love Guru received mixed reviews from critics, with many criticizing its reliance on crude humor and lack of originality. However, the film did manage to accrue a cult following over time, particularly among fans of Mike Myers' previous work, such as the Austin Powers series.
Despite its mixed reception, The Love Guru is still considered a landmark film in the careers of both Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake, who earned a nomination for a Teen Choice Award for his portrayal of Jacques Grande. The film also features several notable celebrity cameos, including Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Colbert, and Kanye West.
Overall, The Love Guru is a zany and irreverent comedy that blends Eastern spirituality with Western pop culture in order to explore the complexities of modern relationships. Whether or not viewers will find its humor to their liking, however, remains to be seen.
The Love Guru is a 2008 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.8 and a MetaScore of 24.