The Love Guru

The Love Guru
The Love Guru

Promotional poster
Directed by Marco Schnabel
Produced by Mike Myers
Gary Barber
Written by Mike Myers
Graham Gordy
Starring Mike Myers
Jessica Alba
Justin Timberlake
Romany Malco
Meagan Good
Verne Troyer
Omid Djalili
Ben Kingsley
Music by George S. Clinton
Cinematography Peter Deming
Editing by Billy Weber
Lee Haxall
Studio Spyglass Entertainment
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) June 20, 2008
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $62,000,000[1]
Box office $40,863,344

The Love Guru is a 2008 comedy film, directed by Marco Schnabel and starring Mike Myers and Jessica Alba along with Romany Malco and Justin Timberlake. In addition to starring in the film, Myers wrote The Love Guru with Graham Gordy and produced it with Gary Barber. The film was released by Paramount Pictures on June 20, 2008 and was rated PG-13. The film was released on August 1 in the United Kingdom, and has been rated 12A. It was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on September 16. The Love Guru was a critical and commercial failure and was the winner of three Golden Raspberry Awards including Worst Picture.



Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco), the star player of the Toronto Maple Leafs, is suffering from stress because his wife, Prudence Roanoke (Meagan Good), has left him for Jacques "Le Coq" Grandé (Justin Timberlake), whose nickname is apparently a nod to being exceedingly well-endowed. The stress causes his hand to shake, which affects his hockey performance. Jane Bullard (Jessica Alba) enlists the support of Guru Maurice Pitka (Mike Myers) to help Darren with his stress so that the team can hopefully break their losing streak. In addition to getting a considerable payment, Pitka would be invited to Oprah Winfrey's show, which he hopes would help him become the #1 guru, a place currently held by Deepak Chopra. Pitka causes the team to lose at first and is very obnoxious to everyone but starts a romance with Jane. Coach Cherkoff dislikes Pitka at first and at one point after Pitka caused the Maple Leafs to lose, Cherkoff insults Jane and then asks Pitka "What's the capital of Thailand?". Pitka answers "Bangkok" and Cherkoff responds "exactly" and punches him in the crotch. Pitka instantly hunches down covering his crotch, he he doubles over, and groans then exclaims "Omar Sharif MY BALLS!" falls to the floor, he moans and falls to the floor in agony although he is wearing a chastity belt. Latter in the film he punches Cherkoff in the face and threatens to beat him up if he sucker punches him again. By the time Pitka succeeds, he no longer feels the need to become #1, as his main priority has become his love for Bullard. However, in connection with a vow Guru Tugginmypudha gave him a chastity belt. He returns to him to have it removed. Tugginmypudha agrees that it can be removed now, and explains how to do that, but to Pitka's surprise no key is needed.


As themselves


The original score for the film was composed by George S. Clinton, who recorded it with an 80-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony at Warner Bros.[2]

The song "Dhadak Dhadak" from the 2005 Bollywood film Bunty Aur Babli was used in the trailer.

The songs "9 to 5", "More Than Words", and "The Joker" are all in the movie (performed by Mike Myers, and with sitar accompaniment) and on the soundtrack. "Brimful of Asha" was also used in the film.


Mike Myers appeared in the seventh season finale of American Idol as his character Pitka, the "spiritual director" of that show. The finalists David Cook and David Archuleta got to visit the Paramount Pictures studio theatre to see The Love Guru a month before its release and then got to meet Myers dressed like Pitka and was playing Sitar Hero.

A "Fan Resource Page" at Fox Entertainment's website[3] was "created as part of a collaboration between Beliefnet and Paramount Pictures."[4]

Box office performance

The film was a box office flop. In its opening weekend, The Love Guru grossed $13.9 million in 3,012 theaters in the United States and Canada, ranking #4 at the box office.[1] The opening week numbers fell short of the $20 million range forecast by Hollywood pundits.[5] The film grossed $32,190,314 in the United States and Canada with only an additional $8.7 million overseas to a total of $40.8 million worldwide.[1]

Critical reception

The Love Guru was panned by most critics. As of May 8, 2011, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 15% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 125 reviews; the sites critical consensus states [that] "The Love Guru features far too many gross-out gags, and too few earned laughs, ranking as one of Mike Myers' poorest outings."[6] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 24 out of 100, based on 33 reviews.[7]

Jay Stone of the National Post gave the film one star and said the film "is shockingly crass, sloppy, repetitive and thin." Stone said "Chopra is used almost as a product placement, taking a proud spot alongside a circus, a brand of cinnamon buns, the Leafs and, of course, Mike Myers." Stone also wrote, "the sitar-based versions of pop songs like 9 to 5 are oddly watchable - but mostly the film is 88 minutes of ridiculous sight gags and obscene puns."[8]

A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote "The words 'unfunny' and 'awful' surely applies to Mr. Myers’s obnoxious attempts to find mirth in physical and cultural differences but does not quite capture the strenuous unpleasantness of his performance. No, The Love Guru is downright antifunny, an experience that makes you wonder if you will ever laugh again."[9] Scott also commented that the cameo appearance of actress Mariska Hargitay was anti-climactic. An ongoing gag in the film is the use of "Mariska Hargitay" as a phoney Hindi greeting.[9]

Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News was disgusted with the film, considering it one of the worst films of at least the past several years, and going so far as to declare it a career-killing movie for Myers.[10]

Razzie Awards

Nominee Category Result
Gary Barber
Michael De Luca
Mike Myers
Worst Picture Won
Mike Myers Worst Actor Won
Jessica Alba Worst Actress Nominated
Ben Kingsley Worst Supporting Actor Nominated
Verne Troyer Nominated
Mike Myers
Graham Gordy
Worst Screenplay Won
Marco Schnabel Worst Director Nominated

Portrayal of Hinduism

Before the film's release, some Hindus expressed unhappiness about how Hindus are portrayed, the disrespect of their culture and the bad impression that it would make for those not well exposed to Hinduism, while some gave a cautious welcome, asking other Hindus to look at it as satire and not the truth.[11] Rajan Zed, a Hindu leader from Nevada, demanded that Paramount Pictures screen the film for members of the Hindu community before it was released in June. Based on the movie's trailer and MySpace page, Zed says The Love Guru "appears to be lampooning Hinduism and Hindus" and uses sacred terms frivolously. Zed told The Associated Press, "People are not very well-versed in Hinduism, so this might be their only exposure...They will have an image in their minds of stereotypes. They will think most of us are like that."[12]

Paramount Pictures agreed to provide the Hindu American Foundation an opportunity pre-screen the film as soon as it had a complete work print of the film, but did not do this.[13] Instead, it requested the Foundation attend a Minneapolis pre-screening the night before the film's release. HAF agreed to view the film to be able to inform the Hindu American community in light of concerned inquiries that were reported to its national headquarters. The reviewers conclude that the film is vulgar and crude but not necessarily anti-Hindu.[14]


  1. ^ a b c The Love Guru at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Dan Goldwasser (2008-05-24). "George S. Clinton scores Mike Myers' The Love Guru". Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  3. ^ The Love Guru on Beliefnet
  4. ^ Disclaimer about contents of The Love Guru Fan Resource Page from Beliefnet
  5. ^ "'Smart' Moviegoers Give 'Guru' No Love". America Online. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  6. ^ "The Love Guru (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Love Guru, The (2008): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  8. ^ Jay Stone (2008-06-19). "Love Guru is inoffensive to all except fans of comedy". National Post. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  9. ^ a b A.O. Scott (2008-06-20). "Just Say 'Mariska Hargitay' and Snicker". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  10. ^ Harry Knowles (2008-06-19). "Harry says, 'If Shit Got THE LOVE GURU On It, Shit Would Wipe It Off!'". Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  11. ^ Anuttama Dasa, ISKCON Minister of Communications. "ISKCON North America’s Official Statement on The Love Guru". Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  12. ^ Cohen, Sandy. "Myers' latest spoof hits home", Associated Press,
  13. ^ "HAF Critical of Paramount Picture Refusal for Pre-Screening of 'The Love Guru'", Hindu American Foundation, accessed May 8, 2011.
  14. ^ "'The Love Guru' is Vulgar but not Hinduphobic, Say Hindus Attending Special Preview", Hindu American Foundation, accessed May 8, 2011.

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