The Guru Reviews

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February 1, 2003
A harmless little sex comedy that's never as funny as you wish but marginally better than the effluent that's gushing out of the studio pipeline this month.
February 1, 2003
If you are interested in Bollywood movies, go see a Bollywood movie.
January 31, 2003
Agreeable and slipshod in equal fashion.
January 31, 2003
It feels like an upstart indie, thanks to its original script, endearing performances, colourful aesthetic, uplifting soundtrack, parodic undertones and the compelling theme of ethnic assimilation.
January 31, 2003
Mistry and co-star Heather Graham lend a fetching naivete to their characters.
January 31, 2003
As a satire of charismatic cult movements, Tracey Jackson's screenplay merely toys with the possibilities.
January 31, 2003
Such a delightfully silly masala of Hollywood genre conventions, Bollywood fantasy and porn movie stupidity that it's beside the point to wish it had lived up to its original conception.
January 31, 2003
The resulting fluff might seem fairly plastic next to, for example, Deepa Mehta's Hollywood Bollywood. But The Guru is reasonably crowd-pleasing nonetheless.
January 31, 2003
The actors do all they can to make up for the limp script.
January 31, 2003
Although it could've pushed the envelope and been so much more, it still manages to be entertaining.
January 31, 2003
If laughs were calories, The Guru would be the equivalent of a Weight Watchers breakfast bar.
January 31, 2003
If the film is true to the high spirits and vulgarity of Bollywood (and reasonably authentic in its depiction of Indian speech), it's also true to the crude plotting and characterization all too common in Bollywood.
January 31, 2003
It's goofy enjoyment that will have you humming Grease tunes the rest of the day.
January 31, 2003
What are talented actresses like Marisa Tomei and Heather Graham doing in a wafer-thin fizzle like this?
January 31, 2003
Mistry and the film have an underdog charisma and a light sense of humor manages to put a fresh spin on some of the clichs.
January 31, 2003
There is hardly a funny line in the whole script, and director Mayer has no idea of what comic timing and delivery are all about.
January 31, 2003
It's quirky, funny, and it might leave you craving naan and a big musical number.
January 31, 2003
This cross-cultural comedy contains several very entertaining song-and-dance routines plus a hilarious use of a Billy Joel pop tune.
January 30, 2003
It's better than it sounds.
January 30, 2003
It's "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" with balls!
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