THE GURU (15)
D: Daisy Von Scherler Mayer
Universal/Studio Canal/Working Title (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner & Michael London)
UK/USA/France 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 2002
W: Tracey Jackson & Shekhar Kapur
DP: John de Borman
Ed: Cara Silverman & Bruce Green
Mus: David Carbonara
Jimi Mistry (Ramu Gupta), Heather Graham (Sharonna), Marisa Tomei (Lexi), Michael McKean (Dwain), Christine Baranski (Chantal)
Feeble attempt to make a movie star out of a soap actor who was quite popular in Britain at the time of the film's release.
The story follows an Indian actor failing to crack Hollywood but finds himself involved in the pornography industry and eventually achieves huge success as a sex guru.
This culture clash comedy plays it safe throughout, as though not wanting to offend anybody with a joke about pornography, Bollywood or anything which is either side of the fence it sits on. There was probably a good idea somewhere within, but the approach is far too namby-pamby.