Sometimes, when under quarantine, you watch a movie you’ve never seen that makes you so happy that you’ve discovered it. Other times, you watch the bomb that pretty much wiped out the film career of Mike Myers, which would be this, a strange character sketch that goes on around eighty-six minutes and forty-fix seconds too long.
After the death of his father, Myers became a devotee of Deepak Chopra, who appears in this film and inspired Guru Maurice Pitka, the character who will bring the Toronto Maple Leafs back to the Stanley Cup. Wish fulfillment on a $62 million dollar budget, this movie also features Jessica Alba as the love interest, Verne Troyer as an angry coach, John Oliver as a man named Dick Pants and Ben Kingsley of all people.
Between this and The Cat in the Hat, Myers earned a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Actor of the Decade. This film also won the 2009 Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Screenplay.
Well, the Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967 and no one remembers this movie any longer. The first is a shame and the second is a relief.