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‘The Shuroo Process’ review: Self-help program does not work

Namaste, motherfuckers.

The Shuroo Process pokes fun at a target that has been around cinema for decades, but is rarely the main plot point. Parker Schafer (Fiona Dourif) is a budding New York City journalist whose professional and personal life is not going as planned. When she becomes infatuated with a celebrity self-help guru, she begins a wild journey of self improvement. But will the trippy experience help her find her way?

The movie is as predictable as the plot would suggest. This is not necessarily a bad thing. For starters, it is nice to see this premise used in a comedy instead of a horror or thriller as it normally would be. Casting the daughter of the voice of the iconic Chucky from Child’s Play is an inspired choice that seems to recognize the type of story The Shuroo Process would seem to be.

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Things never fully goes that route – nor should they have to – but it also fails to live up to its full potential. The idea of using the wacky self help guru has been seen in many comedies. This is usually in a scene or two and involves random jokes or low hanging fruit.  The Shurro Process gives off this feeling the entire time. It is an idea that would work for  a few jokes that has been stretched out to an entire film. Additional characters are used to fill out the story, but the idea ends up being more successful at taking away from Parker’s arc than it does adding the actual movie. 

Things move at a languid and comfortable pace that highlight the inconsistencies. The film does a great job of having an inclusive cast, but this comes at the expense of blanket comments straight out of the 1990s; The Shuroo Princess wants to convey a serious message, but it also makes light of sexual abuse. The film is a good one in theory, but it does not work in practice.

The Shuroo Process comes to theaters and on demand November 24

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