The Love Guru (Paramount, 2008) D: Marco Schnabel, w/ Mike Myers, Jessica Alba. Rating: N; DVD package: NNN
Justin Timberlake is funny. Who'd have guessed it? Slap a bad 70s wig and Fu Manchu moustache on him and he sprouts a cheeseball Quebec accent and discospaz body language and happily cuts loose. He's also a great skating student, according to a terrific little extras doc on teaching actors how to pass as NHL players. Timberlake, by the way, is the baddie, the rival hockey player who's shattered Leafs captain Darren Roanoake's (Romany Malco) confidence, necessitating the hiring of Guru Pitka (Mike Myers).
Stephen Colbert and Jim Gaffigan are hugely funny as the sportscasters, the latter doing a good Don Cherry while the former slips into peyote-fuelled madness. There's more of this in the extras than the movie, and it's even funnier. Also funny is the doc on making and operating the top half of an elephant and the back end of an ostrich.
Except for a few moments here and there, mainly in the first five minutes, Myers is painfully not funny in too many ways to list. His perpetual giggle is worst. It's like a man screaming in your face, "I'm funny, dammit." In those long stretches when you're not laughing, you might study Myers's face. It's a portrait of sheer desperation.
EXTRAS Making-of, puppet and hockey training for actors docs, sportscasters' improv scenes, bloopers, deleted and extended scenes. Widescreen. English, French, Spanish audio and subtitles. Bonus digital copy disc.