Mike Myers returns to the screen in human form for the first time in six years in The Love Guru (PG-13). Certainly we don't count 2003's live-action The Cat in the Hat — and after it was slammed by critics and virtually ignored by audiences, neither would Myers.
Myers plays Pitka, an American raised overseas by gurus, who returns to the United States to profit as a self-help adviser. His first assignment is soothing the soul of a pro hockey star (Romany Malco) whose wife (Meagan Good) left him for another player (Justin Timberlake). Jessica Alba co-stars as Pitka's lust interest.
The role of Pitka is reportedly inspired by spiritual author Deepak Chopra, a longtime friend of the comedian. Chopra endorsed the project, but that hasn't stopped Hindu and Indo-American watchdog groups' complaining that Myers' role denigrates Indian culture.
Judging from preview trailers that show Myers relying upon terrible puns, silly double entendres and groin gags, comedians may feel insulted, too.
The Love Guru was not screened in time for Weekend. Read a full review Friday in Etc, Page 2B.
Steve Persall, Times film critic