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Film: The Love Guru

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.

Tropes:

  • Ambiguously Gay: Stephen Colbert's color commentator character; almost all of his comments are gay-related Double Entendre.
  • 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.
  • Bland-Name Product: Not a product, but a person — Harold Ballard (former Maple Leafs owner) becomes Hank Bullard.
  • Brick Joke: It's established early on that Guru Pitka has a fondness for 70's music arranged in the Bollywood style. The Dance Party Ending song is "The Joker", which wouldn't be especially significant except for it contains the line, 'some people call me Maurice', which is also mentioned early on as Pitka's real name.
  • The Cameo: Morgan Freeman (voice only, mind), how could you?!?
  • Callingthe Old Man Out: Near the climax Darren finally stands up to his mother.
    • 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. Jessica Simpson and Val Kilmer appear 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.
    • Oscar-award winning actor Ben Kingsley as Pitka's cross-eyed mentor Guru Tugginmypudha.
    • John Oliver as Dick Pants, an advisor to Pitka. Apparently Stephen Colbert wasn't the only The Daily Show correspondent they could get.
    • Samantha Bee, another former Daily Show correspondent (and a Canadian to boot), makes a brief cameo appearance.
  • Canada, Eh?: Most of the movie was shot in Toronto.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Ice-Cream Koan
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: The titles of Guru Pitka's self-help books.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
    • Verne Troyer previously appeared in Myers's Austin Powers film trilogy as Dr. Evil's one-eighth sized clone, Mini-Me.
    • Alongside Mike Myers's Creator Cameo - as mentioned above - is KANYE WEST; Myers stood next to Kanye during his infamous, "George Bush doesn't care about black people," rant for a Hurricane Katrina relief telethon (which both Myers and Kanye also spoofed previously on Saturday Night Live.
    • Justin Timberlake provided the voice of Arthur (otherwise known as Artie) in Shrek the Third, in which Myers provides the voice of the titular character.
  • My Beloved Smother: Darren's mother pressured him to succeed from a young age, and only showed him affection when he did so. This was part of the reason for his marriage troubles as he believed his wife would only love him as long as he succeeded like his mom.
  • 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.
  • One-Book Author: This is the only directorial effort of Marco Schnabel.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Justin Timberlake's French-Canadian accent...
    • Justin does still say "tabarnak" though. "Tabarnak" is a word in Quebec French profanity.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out / Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Pitka is fiddling with Darren's car stereo and "Bohemian Rhapsody" comes on, he briefly smirks at the camera.
  • Trade Snark: Guru Pitka appends "TM" on advice-giving acronyms.
  • X Meets Y: A lot of people have summed up this movie by describing it as, "Mike Myers takes an Austin Powers script, scratches out 'groovy spy' and writes in 'creepy Indian'."

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