Life in the Slow Lane

June 18, 2008

‘The Love Guru’ features local connection

Filed under: Movies — pauljlane @ 4:17 pm

Western New Yorkers will see something familiar should they go see “The Love Guru” when it opens this weekend.

The fictional star player for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Darren Roanoke (Romany Malco), hails from Buffalo, and he and the guru (Mike Myers) return to his hometown as part of his therapy. They pass by Roanoke’s home on Tonawanda Street (I don’t know whether it’s the real thing) and visit his mom at a local baptist church. The two also stop to pause and reflect at Niagara Falls, although they clearly never set foot there and are acting in front of a green screen.

What? Wait a minute …

The film is a bit funnier than many reviews let on – pay attention to the in-game graphics of the Hockey Night in Canada “broadcast” – but there are some hockey inaccuracies that need to be addresses (you might fool most of America, Myers, but the Slow Lane knows its hockey). As the Leafs and Kings face off in the Stanley Cup finals, Roanoke takes a crucial face-off against Rob Blake, an actual Kings player. Only problem is Blake is a defenseman and, as such, would never take the drop of the puck; it seems producers wanted to maximize any face time from their rent-an-athlete.

In the final game’s final seconds, Roanoke scores with eight seconds left. Then with five seconds left, he starts a charge to the net from his own zone. So you mean to tell me in the three seconds after that face-off, everyone moved into one end of the ice and there was time for a turnover in the process? Methinks not.

A fight Roanoke gets involved in in game one leads to the referees handing out first a one-game, then a two-game suspension. Just one thing: Refs don’t suspend players, the league’s suits do.

And in the biggest fallacy of all, the Leafs actually win the Stanley Cup.



  1. Thanks for explaining the rules of hockey, Paul. I mean, didn’t know anything about the sport until you told me. Defensemen don’t take faceoffs? Who knew? Refs don’t hand out suspensions? Really? You can’t skate half the ice in a second? Say what?! This must be the first time a sports movie has taken some dramatic license. In fact, all sports movie before this one were 100 percent factual and played completely by the game’s rules. I guess there’s a first time for everything.

    Comment by Ace Frehley — June 19, 2008 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  2. Paul, unlike the previous poster, I appreciated your blog post. It ruled out any possibility that I might see this movie – cause those things would really frustrate me. You saved me the headache. Thanks.

    Comment by Scott Leffler — June 22, 2008 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

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