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THE GURU

 
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At Theaters: 1/31/2003 On Video: 6/3/2003
Rated: R Length: hr. min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399951
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A young Indian dance teacher with the best moves in Delhi embarks for New York City in pursuit of fame and fortune - only to wind up working as a waiter in an Indian restaurant. But good fortune can arise from strange places as our Hero discovers when a catering gig at a ditzy socialite's birthday party catapults him into an extravagant version of the American dream.
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Comedy - This raunchy comedy is aimed toward an adult audience; those familiar with Indian films may understand the film better. The frequent sex talk makes the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Heather Graham SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, FROM HELL, SAY IT ISN'T SO
Marisa Tomei THE WILD THORNBERRYS, IN THE BEDROOM
Jimi Mistry THE MYSTIC MASSEUR
Director: Daisy V.S. Mayer MADELINE, WOO
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 6 F-words, 7 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Explicit sex talk; unrelated nudity.
VIOLENCE: A punch is thrown.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and very frequent alcohol drinking.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Slapstick gags; lots of raunchy humor.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Very Good "Bright dialogue and finely embroidered performances adorn The Guru like festive beading on a pair of made-in-India bedroom slippers -- unexpected and inordinately cheering in the drab dead of winter.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "Director Daisy von Scherler Mayer even tosses in some clumsily staged musical numbers, which are no less out of place than anything else in one of recent memory's nuttier screen conceits. At least the nuts here are rather brazenly mixed.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "The best thing about one-hit wonder Daisy von Scherler Mayer's (PARTY GIRL) film are the Bollywood-style production numbers, which are so intoxicating you wish the music would never stop. But it always does, and then you're back in sitcom land, watching the disconcertingly sexless Mistry revive desiccated socialites with his juicy advice.''

Newsday   Full Review
Average "The Guru refits India's pop culture to our tastes by mixing the Bollywood musical with the Hollywood musical, which is about as redundant an act of cultural cross-pollination one is likely to see this year.''

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Only a guru could have predicted the fate awaiting Ramu Gupta (Jimi Mistry), a young Indian dance teacher with the best moves in Delhi. Mesmerized by a friend's promise of a New York penthouse and a red Mercedes, India's Tony Manero gives up the comforts of home to become a star in America. But the road to fame in New York is no magic carpet ride and Ramu winds up in a crowded Queens walk-up apartment, waiting tables at an Indian restaurant and scrambling for any audition that comes along.

Still, good fortune can arise from strange places as Ramu discovers when a catering gig at a ditzy socialite's (Marisa Tomei) birthday party catapults him into an extravagant version of the American dream. Mistaken for a spiritual healer, Ramu becomes an overnight celebrity with the city's elite hanging onto his every word - no matter how absurd. The trouble is, he's also falling in love with the one woman (Heather Graham) who knows the real source of his seemingly profound insights and Ramu must choose between his newfound notoriety and his love for a woman who accepts him as he is.

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