William Stevenson
June 06, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Guru

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/31/03
performer
Heather Graham, Jimi Mistry, Marisa Tomei, Christine Baranski, Dwight Ewell, Michael McKean, Rob Morrow
director
Daisy von Scherler Mayer
distributor
Universal
author
Tracey Jackson
genre
Comedy

We gave it a B+

Ramu (Jimi Mistry), a ”Grease”-loving dance instructor who moves from India to New York City to become an actor, finds his dreams sullied after he lands his first role — as the star of a porn feature. Fortunately for him, he’s an XXX flop; he finds his calling, however, as ”the guru of sex,” with a little help from an adult-film starlet (Heather Graham) and a spoiled dabbler in Eastern mysticism (Marisa Tomei). Punctuated by exuberant Bollywood-style musical numbers, the featherweight farce succeeds as silly, funny fluff thanks to Tracey Jackson’s witty script, and to winning comic turns by the cast (which also includes Michael McKean and Christine Baranski).

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