“The Love Guru” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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The Love Guru Now, I’m no expert, but wouldn’t you think a movie about an evolved spiritual advisor would share the love, rather than just keep its self-important star on screen for virtually every scene, performing repetitive fart jokes? I mean, I’m just asking. Mike Meyers goes full throttle here, as Guru Pitka, an insecure self-helper, whose goal in life is to take over Deepak Chopra’s position as the world’s number one guru. What does he need to add to his scorecard in order to dethrone the King? An appearance on Oprah, of course. Interestingly, while several celebrities did show up for good natured cameos in this film, Oprah herself did not – her voice over is performed by a credited impersonator. While Meyers’ script (he also produces) does include a few promising jokes, the story itself flops all over the place. There’s a tenuous hockey championship, a couple of love stories and a very pretty, if ridiculously cast Jessica Alba, who has all the chemistry with Mike Meyers as one would think. Even though he’s not officially the director, (“credit” goes to first timer Marco Schnabel), Meyers keeps himself center stage throughout. Surprisingly, he seems completely unsure of what to do when he gets there. Floundering, the usually dead on comic resorts to body function references, wild mugging and running-time filling song performances. Why Sir Ben Kingsley accepted his sort role as a cross-eyed teacher is beyond me. The only co-star who shines is Justin Timberlake, cast as a hockey star whose most outstanding attribute hangs between his legs. Sporting a Quebec accent (and, apparently, an extra sock or two), Timberlake nails every scene he gets to share. I will always love Meyers’ for his sharp and smart work with characters as diverse as Wayne Campbell, from Wayne’s World, Linda Richman, in SNL’s Coffee Talk, Steve Rubell in Studio 54 and, iconically, Austin Powers. No one can bat 1000 every time. I suppose a true love guru would see the best intentions in this sad misfire and assume Meyers’ best will rise again.

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Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).