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The Love Guru

With its scatological humor, penis jokes, feeble puns, and middle-school ideal of love, this Mike Myers vehicle exemplifies American comedy's continuing slide into infantilism. His skill at characterizations enables him to pull off some scabrously funny moments as Guru Pitka, an Indian self-help icon who's offered $2 million to heal the lovesick star of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Romany Malco) after the hockey player's wife takes up with his Quebec rival, Jacques “Le Coq” Grande (Justin Timberlake). The ersatz Indian motif leads to Bollywood parodies and elephant-dung sight gags, but the movie scores better with its jabs at the fatuous narcissism of self-help. Jay Roach protege Marco Schnabel directed; with Jessica Alba and Verne Troyer. PG-13, 86 min.

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