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Timberlake Does ‘Us’ Proud


 

Newsflash: Native Scarbarian Mike Myers has made another summer movie. Newsflash, part deux: This time, he’s not playing a horny British spy with bad teeth, but a horny Indian self-help guru with bad hair extensions. There is no mistaking that ‘The Love Guru’, set for a June release, is a Mike Myers vehicle; the preview alone showcases two of his half-dozen midget jokes, all aimed at poor little Verne “Mini Me” Troyer.

None of this would merit precious Deux Maudits Anglais real estate were it not for that dapper young Justin Timberlake. The former Mickey Mouse Clubber and boy band wünderkind, last seen grinding with his mother Madonna in her newest video, takes up the role of Jacques Grande, a Quebecois hockey player and romantic foil to Darren Roanoke, the film’s hapless protagonist. Timberlake wears a pinstripe mustache, feathered hair and a Speedo. Give him 20 years and 40 pounds and he’d look at home on a Florida beach in February.

It’s about damn time Hollywood recycles the overlooked and underused Quebec stereotype. It has me giddy for the days of Slap Shot, the 1977 on-ice romp starring Paul Newman. Quebec stage actor Yvon Barrette plays Denis Lemieux, a befuddled French goalie best known for his unwittingly sublime description of visiting the penalty box: “You go to the box, two minutes by yourself, you feel shame, and then you get free.”

You have very big shoes to fill, Justin.

Thanks to Fagstein for the news on ‘Guru’.

 


 

Timberlake Does ‘Us’ Proud

  1. Timberlake’s accent doesn’t sound like Québécois. Of course, it’s only a movie trailer. On the other hand, the Québec pizza is authentic. You can’t find that anywhere else in Canada. There’s no BC Pizza or Ontarian Pizza, etc. Why a Québec pizza? I don’t know. I really don’t know. It’s as mysterious as the hawaian pizza.

  2. Well the movie looks funny, but you can already tell Timberlake’s character will fail at reaching the level of the mentioned Denis Lemieux. They went for the big name to sell tickets instead of a Quebec actor. We love laughing at ourselves (5 stars for that Speedo), and I can think of a dozen really good actors who would have loved to participate in something like this.

    I don’t get the Quebec pizza reference though.

  3. Mike Myers is a frustrated and jealous Maple Leafs fan. Making a film about being another sex machine and having the Leafs in final (witch is sc fiction) and a ridiculous Quebecois character in the other team refer to his frustration about his being, the size of his underpants and the superiority of the Canadiens de Montreal team that he badly envy and hates(his own saying…well the hate part).

    • He wasnt a sex machine… He was wearing a chastity belt, Timberlake’s character had sex machine jokes through out the movie. And he is a comedian, most jokes are at anothers expense so be the bigger man suck it up and laugh with them when they laugh at you.

  4. By the way – It’s not Yvon Barrette but Yvan Ponton.

    I really don’t know where you got “Yvon Barrette”, did you made that one up?

  5. @Alex- You’re mistaken. Yvan Ponton played Jean-Guy Drouin in Slap Shot; Yvon Barrette played Denis Lemieux. Look it up.

  6. What is a Québec pizza?
    The accent is lame. It sounds like an imitation of the Celine Dion imitation at SNL a few years ago. He probably watched that tape over and over, but never actually heard a real Qc accent.
    Merci Hollywood.

  7. About that «famous» Québec pizza, I found one in a Donini (?) menu. It was called «La québécoise», with cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms. It is tellement Québec! Poutine italienne would have been a better choice tough.
    Keep up the good work in this blog!

  8. Good post. You make some great points that most people do not fully understand.

    “None of this would merit precious Deux Maudits Anglais real estate were it not for that dapper young Justin Timberlake. The former Mickey Mouse Clubber and boy band wünderkind, last seen grinding with his mother Madonna in her newest video, takes up the role of Jacques Grande, a Quebecois hockey player and romantic foil to Darren Roanoke, the film’s hapless protagonist. Timberlake wears a pinstripe mustache, feathered hair and a Speedo. Give him 20 years and 40 pounds and he’d look at home on a Florida beach in February.”

    I like how you explained that. Very helpful. Thanks.

  9. What Justin is calling a Quebec pizza is better known to locals simply as an “all-dressed.” The ingredients listed by Patrice are correct. In fact, they taste so good together that Ruffles even makes a flavour of chips called All-Dressed, which cannot be found anywhere in the States. (Same thing, apparently, with Humpty Dumpty’s Ketchup flavour. Am I the only one who remembers Hot Dog and Dill Pickle chips from my youth?)

  10. Don’t know what TV ads you are getting up there but here in the States in the ad Justin describes a Quebec Pizza as “ketchup on a Pop-Tart”

  11. We get the same ad in BC. Not sure why there’s confusion. I think a few people are taking Timberlake’s character too seriously – it’s not meant to be authentic, but a parody. Quebec has a strange love affair with ketchup and pre-packed cakes, more than elsewhere in Canada, hence the creation of the obviously mythical Quebec pizza. All it needs is a Pepsi!

  12. The quebec pizza is a creation of Mike Myers. Perhaps just for the sake of the porno reference and american audiences.

    to be true to the stereotype, it would have to be a pre-packaged cake named after Mae West and a Pepsi.

    Mae West and Pepsi are the Quebec white trash’s equivalent of the Americans’ spaghetti with ketchup.

    As for a love affair with catsup… it is probably as bad as any north eastern state.
    Plus there is mayonnaise everywhere…

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