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Review: 'The Love Guru'

Mike Myers pulls off some hilarious moments in this crude but funny comedy.

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Mike Myers, who stars as a second-tier Deepak Chopra in "The Love Guru," is a real chameleon of a comic and yet, no matter how many disguises or outlandish outfits or facial prosthetics he fits into, he remains himself. Or should I say, "himself." For all I know, Myers in real life is a monkish recluse, but his screen persona is indubitably in-your-face.

It doesn't matter whether he's playing Austin Powers or the cohost of "Wayne's World" or the German talk-show host Dieter or the Barbra Streisand-worshiper Linda Richman on "Coffee Talk." It doesn't even matter if he's impersonating Mick Jagger. What links all these characters is Myers's gift for antic, elfin burlesque. He's like a second-best Peter Sellers.

This is not to say that Myers's comedies are all equally funny. Even at his best he can be overbearing beyond the point of parody. It's no accident that Myers was at his most effective in his "Saturday Night Live" sketches, where the tight formats reined in his sloppier excesses. In his feature films, the hilarious moments are essentially sketches, too. There are enough such moments in "The Love Guru" to make it, if not an unadulterated pleasure, then at least a guilty one.

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