x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

The Love Guru

Cinema review Watching this feels like you're being repeatedly dumped by the love of your life.

Mike Myers stars in <i>The Love Guru</i>.
Mike Myers stars in The Love Guru.

Every year the performance of Peter Sellers in The Party seems to get better and better. Comparing Mike Myers' incredulous attempt at playing a romantic maharajah with Sellers' unwanted guest is like being given cowpat instead of a holy cow. A fully bearded Myers is the number 2 guru in the world. Deepak Chopra, playing himself, is top dog. Myers is told that he'll get a spot on Oprah and consequently become the world's most famous lover-man if he can reunite a star ice hockey player (Romany Malco) with his wife (Meagan Goode), who's now dating another superstar player (Justin Timberlake). Complicating matters is that the love guru falls for the derided owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Jessica Alba). There are many similarities with Working Title's 2002 dud The Guru, especially the numerous attempts at pastiche of the song and dance routines found in Bollywood and the stereotypical (read boring) jokes of an Indian lost in America. But Myers doing a rendition of The Steve Miller Band's The Joker is a cheap gag. Watching this feels like you're being repeatedly dumped by the love of your life.