Mar 31, 2014
The Love Guru (2008) (part 2 of 2)
3. Justin Timberlake as Jacques “Le Coq” Grande: It’s not so much that Timberlake gives a bad performance, which he does; it’s that it’s a bad performance of a stock character that any dipshit with a modicum of talent should be able to pull off easily. The token asshole character in a love triangle should be, well, an asshole, for one thing. Remember Ben Stiller in Dodgeball? That’s how you play this kind of character!
Here, the only distinctive trait that Timberlake’s character has is a big dick. Yes, that’s it. Well, okay, there’s also a Celine Dion thing, but that’s more of a throwaway gag than anything.
Timberlake appears to not give half a shit here, as he goes through the motions with all the comic enthusiasm of a man delivering a eulogy. Oh yeah, he’s also got an attack rooster that gets into a fight with Guru Pitka. It’s a pretty gross sequence, as feathers fly and later we see that Pitka had to bite the rooster’s head off. Charming.