The Pink Panther 2

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The big question, of course, is why anyone would want to film even one remake of Blake Edwards’s 1960s comedy series, let alone two. Presumably Shawn Levy (the director of the first and an exec producer on this one), thought it a wheeze to introduce a new generation to the tomfoolery of blundering French detective Jacques Clouseau. Well, he was wrong, because the only connecting, indeed redeeming, feature of these remakes is Henry Mancini’s marvellous opening theme.

‘The Pink Panther 2’ kicks off with by-the-book Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) clinging to a speeding car, from which he is catapulted straight into the first of many deeply unfunny slapstick sequences. The story, such as there isn’t, revolves around a ‘dream team’ of international detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki) charged with capturing the elusive thief of the Pink Panther diamond. Against his superior’s wishes (John Cleese, funny for a change), Clouseau is assigned to the task and… you can guess the rest.

On paper, the wild ’n’ crazy Steve Martin would seem as good a bet as any to play the late Peter Sellers’s disaster-prone detective; in practice, however, he is hopeless. It’s not just his disappointing body language – something Sellers was especially good at – it’s his unamusing faux-French accent. Where Sellers got the inflection down to a politically–incorrect tee, Martin fumbles it from the off. And that, in a nutshell, is reason enough to avoid this as one might any other calamity.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday February 13 2009
Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Harald Zwart
Cast: Steve Martin
Jean Reno
Lily Tomlin
Emily Mortimer
Andy Garcia
Aishwarya Rai
Alfred Molina
Yuki Matsuzaki
John Cleese

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Mr Big (from da shower)

This film was hilarous, havnt laughed like that for a looonngg time... whats more its not like it was only 3 people laughing at it, everyone who was laughing were laughing their asses off apart from some old woman in the corner who kept death staring peeps. I definately recommend this to anyone that wants a film!

Mr Big (from da shower)

This film was hilarous, havnt laughed like that for a looonngg time... whats more its not like it was only 3 people laughing at it, everyone who was laughing were laughing their asses off apart from some old woman in the corner who kept death staring peeps. I definately recommend this to anyone that wants a film!

M&J

We saw this film tonight and both of us enjoyed it. It is not as good as the original film but a lot better than the one star rating which a lot of people are giving it!!!!

Chad

If people want to see Pink Panther films, get the originals - starring Peter Sellers, David Niven, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk et al. Steve Martin is a wannabe, he should know better than this rubbish

villardi

Saw this in Manchester with my children of 11 and 9 and even they thought the film was pretty poor. I thought it was far worse than that. Just one good joke involving a restaurant in Rome, apart from that, yeuch!

joe

crap wish i kept my money now personally i only found one bit funny