After hearing about the reviews for The Love Guru, I figured it was going to be one of the worst movies ever, so I let it pass through the theater without seeing it, and I even ignored it at the video store.  After being pleasantly surprised with The Goods, I decided to give it a shot when I saw The Love Guru was going to be on a premium movie channel.

For the second time in a row, I was pleasantly surprised with a movie for which I previously had low expectations.

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I don’t know why my expectations were low.  I really enjoy Mike Myers movies.  “So I Married An Axe Murderer”?  Great.  The first two “Austin Powers” movies?  Loved ’em.  The Waynes World flicks?  Really good.  I’ve yet to find someone who disliked the first two Shrek films.

Cat In The Hat?  Okay, we’ll disregard that one.

What’s not to love about a Mike Myers spoof movie containing both Jessica Alba and hockey?

Almost all the little side-gags and puns in The Love Guru?  Laugh inspiring.

The supporting cast were at the very least passable in their roles.  Justin Timberlake was almost hilarious in a nearly over-the-top role.  Jessica Alba played the straight role well, with Myers playing off of her very naturally.  Romany Malco, whose work I previously enjoyed in Weeds, was believable as a hockey player with a mental block affecting his game.  I always enjoy John Oliver, one of the more underrated comedians of our time.  Verne Troyer was really funny as the hockey coach.  And I’d love to watch an entire hockey game with Stephen Colbert and Jim Gaffigan announcing as the characters they played in The Love Guru.

And that says nothing for the cameos.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Meagan Goode, though I can’t say much about her performance other than to say she certainly looked hot.

While I certainly wouldn’t say this was a great movie, I’m puzzled as to why it scores so low on IMDB.com, getting only a 3.8 out of 10.  Of the critical reviews I’ve heard, a lot of the opinions given for why they didn’t like it could have also applied to Austin Powers – but even the worst of those films, the third in the series, got a 6.2 on IMDB.com.  I would’ve thought The Love Guru could’ve done at least that well.

If you’ve got interest in watching a mindless comedy, you could do much worse than The Love Guru, especially if you’ve enjoyed Mike Myers films in the past.


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