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They expect us to laugh? “Love Guru”, “Get Smart”
It’s rare when two big-budget comedies with big-name stars battle for the same audience on the same weekend at movie theaters. The general rule is that one big comedy is enough. But this Friday, “Get Smart” with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway squares off against “The Love Guru” with Mike Myers and Jessica Alba.
But the big problem for both may not be that there are too few comedy fans to go around. Rather, it may be that both are getting panned by many critics. Reviews are mixed for “Get Smart,” but mostly bad for “Love Guru.”
“Two film comedies go head-to-head this weekend, ‘Love Guru’ and ‘Get Smart,’ which is anything but smart on the studios’ part,” the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
“But the real question is, which is the worst?,” the review continues. “Quite possibly, ‘Love Guru’ will out-awful ‘Get Smart.’
On the Web site www.Rottentomatoes.com, which collects and scores reviews, “Get Smart,” which is based on the 1960s TV show that spoofs spy movies like the James Bond flicks, had a rating hovering around 55 percent by Thursday. “Love Guru,” with Myers in the role of an Indian sage, limped away from the critical scoring with a rating in the 10-percent range.
Another film review web site, www.Metacritic.com, also put “Get Smart” in 50-percent territory, while “Love Guru” had half that.
The reviews don’t bode well for comedy or movie fans, in general. Then again, the mostly young audiences that both films target rarely are influenced by film criticism. They want to see the stars, and both Carell and Myers have legions of fans.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)