Love Guru Is Beyond Help

Critics spurn sophomoric Mike Myers comedy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2008 8:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Love isn't the right word to describe how most critics feel about The Love Guru, Mike Myers' first live-action comedy in 5 years. Myers stars as a self-help guru paid to revive the love life of a hockey player, but his mugging isn't enough to salvage "a collection of scattershot jokes clothes-pinned to such a slender plot," Colin Covert writes in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Love Guru "scrapes bottom for laughs," Rafel Guzman writes in Newsday, "resorting to pop-culture jokes, weak musical numbers and, most abysmally, the sight of two elephants doing it." The premise would have made a fine "Saturday Night Live" skit, writes Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune, "but we're talking 15 or 20 minutes of decent material. The movie runs a little longer than that."