Six years removed from Austin Powers, Mike Myers shows us that loving ourselves isn't easy, but laughing at ourselves definitely is with his new over-the-top self-help satire, The Love Guru.
Myers plays self-help master Guru Pitka, the second-best guru in the world. Pitka seems to have everything anyone could want from sexy servants, best selling books such as "I Know You Are, but What Am I??" and adoring celebrities such as Mariska Hargitay (her name will be tattooed to your brain by film's end). However, being second to Deepak doesn't sit well with our boy, so he jumps at the chance to appear on Oprah, provided he can restore a broken marriage between star hockey player Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco) and his wife Prudence (Megan Good) in time to win the Stanley Cup.
The good natured Pitka's work is cut out for him since Prudence has hooked up with Roanoke's well-hung rival, goalie Jacques "Le Coq" Grande (Justin Timberlake). Before he can restore the marriage, he has to help Roanoke restore his manhood and belief in himself. Pitka also needs to do some personal growth of his own since he wants to win the heart of team owner, Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba).
Mike Myers is hilarious as the confident and silly Guru Pitka. The gags begin from the opening credits from him using a voice-over machine set to "Morgan Freeman" to rocking out on his Sitar to "9 to 5". Myers stuck to things he knew best: hockey and self-help dogma (as a longtime friend of Deepak Chopra), so he was able to make not just his character come alive, but also Malco's as well. Verne Troyer is back as hardass Coach Punch Cherkov, showing the chemistry he and Myers had in the Austin Powers films. Troyer's best line is an outtake that comes up in the credits.
First time director Marco Schnabel was chosen for his work as an assistant on the Austin Power movies and his adulation of Myers shows as he gives Mike free rein and not letting a single chance at a gag get by him. In the future, it'll be best if he devotes a bit more time; however, to other actors such as Jessica Alba and Jim Gaffigan, whose talents are nearly wasted here. Schnabel does give Timberlake as the metrosexual Jacque a chance to show that last years "D*CK in a Box" was no fluke. He can play pretty boy and goofball with the best of them.
The movie pushes the PG-13 rating with a ton of sexual innuendo, double entendre and two elephants doing the nasty, but this movie will have you laughing from the time you sit down. Some of the gags do get old, but at 88 minutes, both co-writer Myers and director Schnabel knew that a little goes a long way.
"The Love Guru." MPAA rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language, some comic violence and drug references. Running time: 1 hour, 28 minutes.
Billy Tatum gives "The Love Guru" 4 Scoops!