His karma is huge.The Love Guru
is a 2008 comedy film
and the first major live action big-screen performance from Mike Myers since the Austin Powers
trilogy. It's the story of an American-born but Indian-raised self-help guru named Guru Pitka, whose dream is to surpass the famous Deepak Chopra as North America's number-one, go-to self-help guru. To do this, Toronto Maple Leafs
manager Jane Bullard ropes him in to help hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco), who has been severely shaken since his wife left him for a well-endowed
rival, regain his confidence before the big game.
It also featured prominent performances from Jessica Alba
(as said manager), Justin Timberlake
(as the aforementioned rival), Verne Troyer, Stephen Colbert
and even Sir Ben Kingsley
, but none of it spared this largely scatological
comedy from being condemned by both audiences and critics. Despite expectations that the film would revive Myers' career — he hadn't toplined a live-action film since 2003's The Cat in the Hat
— it became one of 2008's biggest flops and nominated for a whopping seven Razzies. It won three, for Worst Picture, Worst Actor, and Worst Screenplay.
- Actor Allusion: Ben Kingsley, best known as Gandhi, in the role of Pitka's master.
- Author Appeal: Mike Myers apparently made this movie out of his being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Biggus Dickus: This is the defining attribute of Jacques "le Coq" Grandé.
- The Cameo: Morgan Freeman (voice only, mind), how could you?!?
- Stephen Colbert as the Hockey Night in Canada commentator Jay Kell, who is obsessed with sex and has a drug addiction. Strangely, some people consider Colbert's performance to be the best in the movie.
- Deepak Chopra, whom Guru Pitka says he aspires to be bigger than, makes a cameo as himself.
- So many different cameos. Val Kilmer appears in one scene, as does Mariska Hargitay, whose name is used by Guru Pitka in a Running Gag early on as a greeting. Even Mike Myers makes a cameo as himself in his own movie.
- Dance Party Ending
- Digital Head Swap: Done for Guru Pitka's child self (with Mike Myers' normal head).
- Don't Explain the Joke
Guru Pitka: Rajneesh, I'd like an alligator soup, and make it snappy! Because alligators are snappy, and at the same time, I want it prompt. (grins)
- Fake Nationality: Mike Myers as Pitka, obviously, but also Jessica Alba (and several other cast members) reversing the rules of Hollywood by being an American playing a Canadian.
- Fun with Acronyms
- Groin Attack: Multiple times over the course of the movie.
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Happens to Darren towards the end of the movie.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Oh look, it's Daniel Tosh, playing a... redneck who starts a bar fight. Yep.
- Ice-Cream Koan
- Incredibly Lame Pun: The titles of Guru Pitka's self-help books.
- Mythology Gag: A voiceover machine is used in the ending of The Cat in the Hat.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The movie trailer has Don LaFontaine aka (The Movie Trailer Guy) as the voice on the Voiceover Machine. The final product has Morgan Freeman.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Justin Timberlake's French-Canadian accent...
- Overly-Long Gag: Those two elephants...
- Poke in the Third Eye: A literal example, through Pitka's use of Howdahurdaghi.
- Running Gag: Guru Pitka's use of actress Mariska Hargitay's name as a greeting. Ironically, she appears later on in the movie as herself, in which Pitka promises to name a new building after her.
- Self-Abuse: The protagonist is told by his severely crosseyed teacher that if he masturbates, he will become crosseyed.
- Star-Derailing Role: Mike Myers; this film was meant to mark his return to live-action acting after the critical failure of The Cat in the Hat, and ended it even faster than the previous film.
- Those Two Actors: Myers and Verne Troyer, of course. Justin Timberlake probably counts.
- Trade Snark: Guru Pitka appends "TM" on advice-giving acronyms.