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The Love Guru


A hilarious comedy starring Mike Myers as guru Pitka in his first original character since the blockbuster hit Austin Powers.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
5 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
3 out of 5

Naughty Mike Myers comedy has little to love.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the many kids who like Austin Powers are going to be eager to see Mike Myers' latest ribald comedy about a wacky, catchphrase-spouting character in goofy makeup who enjoys vulgar misadventures before finally managing to triumph (especially since it costars Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake). But this movie has a coarser feel than the Powers trio. The language and sexual innuendoes are constant, unsubtle, and over the top (expect everything from an elephant pooping on screen to references to masturbation and oral sex); there are drinking and drug references; and products and brand names are almost as prevalent as Myers' cheeky grin. That's a whole lot of iffy content to sit through for only a few laughs.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of Mike Myers' over-the-top characters and broad comedic style. What makes characters like Austin Powers and Guru Pitka funny? Are they affectionate caricatures or stereotyped cartoons? Are we expected to laugh at Pitka because he says funny things or because his dress and accent are "funny" to Western eyes and ears? Do you think Myers' portrayal of Pitka is racist? And do you think Pitka's positive messages come through amid all of the fistfights, urine jokes, and sex comedy? Is the message more important than the medium, or is the movie's feel-good philosophy a way to try to dignify lowbrow comedy?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: This is dangerous advice for a writer to give (talk about glass houses), but Mike Myers needs an editor. He needs someone with a fat red pen to scratch out a few of his worst bad habits.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, June 20, 2008

Rotten: Pitka's character seems overly based on what's convenient for a given scene.

- Brent Simon, Screen International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The endless winks at the camera look more desperate, the jokes at Troyer's expense seem more tasteless.

- Christopher Orr, The New Republic, Friday, June 20, 2008

Audience Reviews

0 star

A movie so absolutely puerile, unfunny and dreadful in every aspect imaginable that it makes you want to take Mike Myers by the hair and beat him with a tire iron. Is there really still anyone in this planet who thinks that name puns and diarrhea jokes are at all funny? (Zero stars)

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, June 24, 2014

3 stars

Usually when a film is so hyped I often feel let down when I come to eventually seeing it. In the case of The Love Guru it is the other way round. Everyone hates it and everyone said not to watch it so I didn't. It was on TV the other day and I thought i'd give it a go and was surprised to find that it was quite funny. I honestly don't understand the hate for this film, it's much better than Goldmember and it had a couple of real laugh out loud moments. It's a little bit of more of the same from Mike Myers but I like him so was happy. I can think of many other films that were worse in 2008, most of you (my flixster friends) rated What Happens In Vegas higher than The Love Guru, I mean, what the hell is that all about. I now have trust issues.

- SirPant, Monday, April 29, 2013

2 stars

I will admit that it is a pretty bad movie, but I kind of find it really funny at times!

- fb733768972, Thursday, January 14, 2010