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Fred Pays a Visit to The Love Guru

Published June 19, 2008 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Paramount Pictures
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They are not putting any of the funny stuff from The Love Guru in the trailer. This is a rapid assault of comedy and the trailer makes it look boring.

Review: The Love Guru

Mike Myers is in top form. He breaks the fourth wall immediately and shows irreverence towards both philosophy and storytelling. There's another musical opening number and Myers just looks like he's in control and we're along for the ride.

The humor is visual and verbal, and joyfully silly. Random celebrity references are a hoot and Myers viciously skewers the self-help industry with all his trite sayings. As a practitioner of The Secret, I can appreciate the loving satire.

It is sophisticatedly immature. Myers goes a really long way for some sex jokes. It's like the Number Two joke in Austin Powers, using deep wit for the basest pleasures. He pays homage to himself too in a moment fans should not miss.

The story facilitates the character and humor. It could really be any situation and you just set Myers loose, but this hockey player love triangle never gets too plotty.

It's great to see Mike Myers create a brand new world that could easily become another lucrative franchise. I'd be happy to revisit The Love Guru in further adventures.

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