The Guru
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A visitor from the mysterious East arrives in New York -- not to offer the wisdom of the ages, but to make it big as a dancer in this "fish-out-of-water" comedy. Ramu Chandra Gupta (Jimi Mistry) grew up in India on a steady diet of movie musicals, particularly local Bollywood spectaculars and vintage American song-and-dance films. Ramu grew up with the dream of one day making it big as a dancer, and in time he found a job as a dance instructor. However, Raimu believes his destiny lies in the United States, and he leaves India behind to relocate to New York City. Unfortunately,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Devoid of life, intelligence, humor, and anything else that could entertain even the most undemanding viewer, this film is a perfect example of something that should have been shipped to landfills, not multiplexes."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A trifle, a silly one at that, but it's a charming trifle that's hard to resist."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"Not only a tepid Bollywood imitation, but a tepid film, period."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
". . .a noble effort to bring the thrills of Bollywood to America, but this magic carpet never quite gets off the ground because it traffics in too many cinematic clichés. . ."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, FilmStew.com
"Too timid for its own good, relying too often on bawdy gags, easy clichés and hoary stereotypes."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"A precipitous comedic falloff in the third quarter earns the film a qualified recommendation at best."
‑ Dan Via, Washington Post
"The movie offers up too many airy spiritual lessons in the hope of crossing from farce to sentiment."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Belos figurinos, boas seqüências musicais (embora em número insuficiente para servir como referência a Bollywood) e Marisa Tomei de lingerie - estes são os pontos fortes do filme. Os pontos fracos? Todo o resto."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A film whose good heart and musical numbers are much bigger than its shortcomings."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"There's not a whole lot of heft to von Scherler Mayer's romantic comedy with ethnic Indian entanglements; it's like overdone naan, too flaky and ephemeral for its own good, but still somehow appetizing."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"With a reach that frequently falls short, higher wit and sexual sophistication crumble into plain old silliness."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"A joyous genre-blender guaranteed to crank up your karma."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"This American version of a Bollywood musical is one of the worst films I have run across in the last few years."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"mixes the exuberance of Bollywood with measured lunacy of 30s screwball comedies and adds just a dash of "The Joy of Sex""
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"... those modest virtues can't prevail against the coarse jokes and shabby ethnic stereotypes of Tracey Jackson's disjointed script, Daisy von Scherler Mayer's unsteady direction, or the unflattering cinematography."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
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