The Love Guru on DVD

Thursday, 08 January 2009 01:00

Mike Myers takes on his first original character since the beloved foreign agent “Austin Powers” with the mystical, magnetic yet ever-so-mischievous Guru Pitka, who seeks only peace, enlightenment and national television coverage.

In “The Love Guru”, when Guru Pitka is engaged to use his ancient spiritual wisdom to fix a 21st Century celebrity romance, his karma runs headlong into comedy. An all-star cast including Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Omid Djalili and Sir Ben Kingsley, along with surprise blink-and-you’ll miss them cameos, join this romp through enlightenment and merriment.

The Love GuruGuru Pitka (Myers) was once an ordinary American child, until his family left him at the gates of an Indian ashram to be raised by the exalted Guru Tugginmypuddha (Sir Ben himself!). Growing up in the small fishing village of Harenmahkeester, Pitka was schooled in the inner secrets of spiritual attainment along with his friend and sole rival, Deepak Chopra. But now, Chopra is a massive celebrity in America, and Pitka is still playing second-fiddle without even an “Oprah” episode on his CV.

Determined to share his unending insights into the nature of life and get famous to boot, Pitka responds to a fateful call for help from Jane Bullard (Alba), owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. It seems her star player, Darren Roanoke (Malco) has gone overnight from being a big hero to a big zero-scorer because his wife, Prudence (Meagan Good), left him and is now dating the L.A. Kings’ legendary goalie, Jacques “Le Coq” Grande (Timberlake).

Pitka’s new quest – to restore loving bliss between Darren and Prudence and attain the celestial heights of the Stanley Cup – will challenge everything he thought he knew about the inner workings of truth, love, happiness … and hockey.

Well, that’s the official release side of things, so what is this film REALLY like? Whilst it’s good fun, it could have been so much more. You get the feeling that no-one will say “NO” to Mr Myers at present, and what he desperately needs is for someone to stand up to him, noting things such as when you’ve taken a repetitive joke beyond breaking point, or perhaps that was one ‘mugging at the camera’ knowing smirk too many.

For those of us starved of “Austin Powers” fixes for far too long (hell, “Goldmember” was SEVEN years ago now), this is a sort-of substitute. The problem for a British audience is that we just don’t ‘get’ the appeal of ice hockey, so having this as the sport at the centre of all the hoo-hah means it just doesn’t riff with us as much as it could have done. Mind you, I don’t think Major League Soccer is QUITE there yet as being the sport they could have gone with!

As this was a bit of a ‘bomb’ at the box office ($38.4 Million Gross worldwide against an estimated budget of $62 Million), I can’t see this being part of a new trilogy like Powers (the first movie in that franchise grossed $67.7 Million from a budget estimated at $17 Million, “The Spy Who Shagged Me” grossed $330 Million from a budget of $33 Million, while “Goldmember” grossed $289 Million from a budget of $63 Million).

There’s no announcement of a FOURTH “Austin Powers” movie, but you do get the feeling that after the performance of this movie, going back to the ‘tried and tested’ won’t be far off. Certainly, there are enough bankable stars that are prepared to work with Mr Myers (the cast list of “The Love Guru” attests to this), so if such cameos can be locked in, then maybe Austin might get a dusting down and a retread.

Extras on this DVD include Deleted and Extended Scenes, Bloopers, the Theatrical Trailer, Out-takes, plus the featurettes “Mike Myers and The Love Guru – An Inside Look”, “One Helluva Elephant”, “Hockey Training For Actors”, and “Back in The Booth with Trent and Jay”.

“The Love Guru” is available to buy now on DVD and Blu-Ray, priced £17.99 on DVD or £24.99 on Blu-Ray (get it for less at www.culttvstore.com ).

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