Mike Myers has made a career of pushing the limits of the PG-13 rating. For example, the American ratings system currently allows PG-13 films to use the f-word only once, maybe twice, and never in a sexual context; anything beyond that gets the R rating. But in one of the Austin Powers movies, the title character meets a couple of Asian women who seem to be asking him to do something to them and, if he is hearing them correctly, it would seem that they are using the f-word over and over again, and in a definitely sexual way. But then it turns out that they are actually telling him their names, which are spelled just a wee bit differently, so it's all, um, innocent, or something. And so the film remained PG-13 and—since the PG-13 rating is purely advisory and not enforceable—children of all ages could still go to the movie and share a snicker or two over this naughty bit of innuendo.
Myers dishes up more of the same in The Love Guru, his first live-action film since he starred in the seriously ill-advised The Cat in the Hat five years ago. This time, he plays Guru Pitka, an American raised in India who has moved back to the States—to Hollywood, specifically—and become a popular author, speaker and friend to the stars, delivering lectures that substitute trite acronyms and word games like "BIBLE = Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth" and "Intimacy = Into-Me-I-See" for anything of any real spiritual depth. But, as we learn in a flashback, Guru Pitka has been wearing a chastity belt since he was 12 years old, and he cannot take it off and enjoy the love of others until he has first learned how to love himself. So while the guru has built a reputation on boosting the self-esteem of others and on fixing ...1
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The Love Guru
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