Concerned that Mike Myers's The Love Guru might offend Singapore's Hindu residents, who comprise about 6 percent of the population, the island nation's Board of Film Censors asked for advice from the official Films Consultative Panel, headed by Vijay Chandran. On Tuesday, the panel announced its unanimous conclusion that the movie "does not denigrate any religion." On the other hand, it also concluded that it "contains crude, sexual humor" and therefore should be rated NC16 -- which would bar children under the age of 16 from seeing it. As for the much-publicized protests by some Hindu groups in the U.S. over the movie, Chandran told the Singapore Straits Times , "We thought it was much ado about nothing." The film is due to open in Singapore on Sept. 4.

02/07/2008