The Love Guru
Music By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
When the star player (Romany Malco) of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team begins to experience hand tremors caused by the stress of losing his wife to another man (Justin Timberlake), the teamís owner (Jessica Alba) decides he needs some help. She hires Guru Maurice Pitka (Michael Myers), the Love Guru to help him get his head back into the game. Guru Pitka has an ulterior motive in choosing to take this challenge Ė he wants to be the number one guru in the land and, thus far, his numerous published self-help novels are not exactly earning him this status. The Love Guru is a comedy written by Michael Myers and Graham Gordy and directed by Marco Schnabel.
The soundtrack of The Love Guru features songs from recording artists such as Celine Dion, Robbie Nevill, George S. Clinton and more. The soundtrack also features well-known songs, such as 9 to 5, More Than Words and The Joker, performed by Mike Myers and cast. One will also find three tracks of dialogue from the film featuring Guru Pitkaís wisdom.
As soundtracks go, The Love Guru is a mixed bag. On one hand, I enjoyed some of the Hindu-inspired music such as Morning Meditation by Andrew Mendelson and Mathar by Danny Saber. I also enjoyed hearing I Drove All Night by Celine Dion, Cíest La Vie by Robbie Nevil and Guru Vindaloo by George S. Clinton. On the other hand, although the songs performed by Michael Myers elicited a chuckle or two, I would rather have heard the original versions sung by the original performers. My favorite song on the entire album was Lead Me to Your Rock by Telma Hopkins and Toronto Childrenís Concert Choir, an amazingly uplifting gospel song.
All-in-all, The Love Guru Soundtrack is more of a humorous extension of the movie than a musical compilation. If you found the movie hilarious, then Iím sure youíll find the soundtrack fun. Otherwise, Iíd skip this one Ė there arenít enough songs on it worth listening to.