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"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.
  • Almost Kiss: With Jane and Pitka during the dinner scene but Pitka gets an erection causing his chastity belt to ding.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Stephen Colbert's color commentator character; almost all of his comments are gay-related Double Entendres.
  • Artistic License – Sports: Many egregious errors in the portrayal of Hockey, like the referee handing out on-the-spot game suspensions, goalies wearing outdated style plastic masks and Guru Pitka having free access to the Toronto bench.
  • Angrish: Pitka does this after he is punched in the testicles by Coach Cherkoff
  • 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.
  • Advertisement:
  • 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 '70s 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?!?
    • 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-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 as a cashier.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Near the climax Darren finally stands up to his mother.
  • Canada, Eh?: Most of the movie was shot in Toronto.
  • Celibate Hero: Pitka, much to his chagrin. His chastity belt clanks when he gets a boner (usually around Jane) and does not protect him from groin attacks.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Pitka can't be romantic with Jane because he won't get the key to his chastity belt until he self-actualizes. Once he does, Guru Tugginmypudha reveals that the chastity belt wasn't locked; he could've taken it off at any time.
  • 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: Like Austin Powers, Pitka actually feels the male pain when something similar to a genital is destroyed. When he gives Val Kilmer a flower and Val rips off a pedal, Pitka reacts in pain and asks "why do you hurt me, I know why". Another example of this and when Rajneesh prepares the nuts in a sling, as he whacks the "nuts" Pitka reacts as if his own are being hit by groaning the first 3 times the nuts are hit with a mallet,he exclaims "ow" as we hear as a popping sound, then he shouts "E-I-O-U" with the rest of the smashing then orders "geronimo" for Rajneesh to stop and says that is their safe word. When Rajneesh boils the nuts "to make them tighten up and get firm", Pitka groans "ooh" and "ah" then moans ow and says "feels good, I mean tastes good I mean what." When Cherkoff uses the capital of thailand prank on him, punching Pitka in the crotch, Pitka groans instantly and covers himself he doubles over and exclaims "Omar Sharif! My BALLS! and groans "oh-ho!" then drops to the ground still cradling himself he groans and complains "My 'Balls' you prick" and angrishly curses.
  • Heroic BSoD: Happens to Darren towards the end of the movie.


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