Monday, July 28, 2008

Capsule Review: The Love Guru (***)

The Love Guru is far from a great comedy, but against all odds, it worked for me. I'm a fan of Mike Myers's first Austin Powers film, and The Love Guru has a similar brand of humor (raunch that works because it's never obvious nor does it insult the viewer. Myers stars as the Guru Pitka, who is renowned for reuniting famous movie stars to their wives or vice versa. He is hired by the Toronto Maple Leaves (Leafs?) to get their star player's love life back in order. The Love Guru isn't perfect, and will irritate many, but I enjoyed its shamelessly crude humor and its manic performances, especially that by an unrecognizable Justin Timberlake. In the vein of recent crude comedies, The Love Guru towers over You Don't Mess with the Zohan.

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