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Pink Panther, The (2006)
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by brianorndorf

"Steve Martin gives it his all, but the material isn't worth the effort"
2 stars

“Pink Panther 2” is a sequel that’s not concerned with rocking the boat, dishing up the same velocity of slapstick that made the 2006 remake a modest hit, profitable enough for a second installment. This is not a motion picture worthy of disdain, but when a piece of comedy emerges from the mind of Steve Martin, shouldn’t there be more of a bite and not just a rolling succession of pratfalls and weirdly kid-unfriendly sexual innuendo? If you enjoyed the original “Pink Panther,” there’s no reason you wouldn’t like what Martin has cooked up for the sequel. Of course, if you embraced the 2006 film in a distinctly yawn-inducing way, you’ve already seen the follow-up.

When a master thief known only as The Tornado manages to steal priceless artifacts from around Europe and Japan, it brings together a “Dream Team” of worldwide detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Yuki Matsuzaki, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) to investigate the crime. Representing France is Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin), the bumbling protector of the Pink Panther diamond, who decides to take charge of the group to protect his pride and secret romantic inclinations toward secretary Nicole (Emily Mortimer). Hot on the trail of The Tornado, the group chases clues around the globe, piecing together a suspect while Clouseau proceeds to destroy everything in his path with his unrelenting, yet surprisingly effective ineptitude.

With the Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards comparisons out of the way, Martin’s take on the “Pink Panther” franchise has a little more breathing room to work with for the sequel. Granted, it shouldn’t be a complete shock to find the actor (who takes a co-scripting credit) forgoing a chance to challenge himself with a wittier continuation, and I must admit that on the grand scale of multiplex torment, “Panther 2” is actually a slightly superior film than its forefather. It’s just depressing to find the picture unwilling to deviate from the broad comedy spectrum, preferring the warm comfort of mediocrity and halfhearted response over a steamrolling comedic contraption that would genuinely surprise.

“Panther 2” features a stronger caper structure and an agreeable assortment of diverse co-stars (Lily Tomlin, Jean Reno, and Jeremy Irons also make brief appearances), but the direction from Harald Zwart is unenthusiastic at best, a trait not surprising from the man who gave the world “One Night at McCool’s” and “Agent Cody Banks.” These new “Panther” films are really just 90-minute excuses for Martin to roll around in the silly, yet Zwart can’t even make that basic element come alive. Teeming with elaborate pranks and pratfall invitations for Martin and the cast, “Panther 2” is a familiar exercise in stupidity, graciously performed for sure, but nevertheless unremarkable. Zwart robotically runs through the motions, bending Clouseau’s naiveté to expectation as the character runs around making a nuisance of himself.

Some oddity is allowed to seep into the screenplay, with “Panther 2” continuing the original film’s infatuation with PG-careful sexual innuendo, at one point turning to Tomlin to provide some lustful focal points. Tomlin over Mortimer and the stunning Bachchan? Sure. Things grow stranger when Clouseau’s inadvertent racism is revealed, referring to a Japanese colleague his “little yellow friend” (a weird callback to the Sellers years). Of course, it’s all performed robustly by Martin, but this edgy comedic spirit is lost in the middle of the blunt stupidity, fighting to breathe within the overall cartoon nature of the feature.

I did chuckle a few times during “Pink Panther 2” simply because Steve Martin is a game performer and the screenplay, as forgettable as it is, manages to sneak in a few unexpected comedic blows. It’s a shame the rest of the production doesn’t follow suit. By playing it safe, the “Panther” franchise has added a second lackluster chapter in a series nobody actually asked for.

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User Comments

8/03/09 David A. Steve Martin makes the role of Clouseau his own in this one--subtle humor, but well done. 4 stars
1/22/09 Aesop Watched this to refresh my memory for when PP2 opens. I found myself rooting for Dreyfuss. 1 stars
3/17/08 Pamela White Martin is funny but origional is better 3 stars
2/18/08 Servo Just a disgrace to the original (and Jean Reno) and more importantly, not at all funny. 1 stars
4/17/07 Indrid Cold Could have been worse. 3 stars
3/06/07 David Pollastrini Peter sellers must be turning over in his grave 1 stars
10/10/06 jermaine Justin, you're a retard. Signed, Them Losers 1 stars
9/25/06 justin dont listen to what them losers have to say it is the best movie and funniset comedy. 5 stars
9/22/06 Anthony Feor It's a good remake 4 stars
7/01/06 Gerry Irons Extremely Ill conceived- nice try but missed everything Blake Edwards ever tried to do 2 stars
6/22/06 Caiphn I really don't understand how anyone found this at all funny. Annoying and lame. 1 stars
6/21/06 Ole Man Bourbon A poorly-made movie with some funny/stupid jokes, but Martin and Reno make it kinda fun. 3 stars
6/07/06 Quigley the movie was hilarious. I laughed so hard; Steve Martin's scenes were classic 5 stars
5/05/06 Marcia Lartz Guess we shouldn't expect anyone to fill Peter Seller's shoes. 3 stars
5/04/06 SylvesterFox007 Not as hilairous as the Peter Sellers films, but still an extremely enjoyable romp. 5 stars
4/22/06 Jack Great comedy ! 4 stars
3/28/06 Brian Meyer In a nutshell... Everything Steve Martin touches turns to shit! 1 stars
3/24/06 Mike H truly funny - but Snider has a point about shooting and editing for a few of its sight gags 4 stars
3/23/06 Dk Its a decent lttle film 3 stars
3/21/06 luke excellent, first class comedy 5 stars
3/20/06 Vega Oh why? Fuel piracy with this crap! 1 stars
3/13/06 Rio Calling this movie stupid would be an insult to stupid movies. 1 stars
3/13/06 Hydrogen Although it was kinda funny, it didn't do anything special. 3 stars
3/11/06 Green Gremlin What next...Jim Carrey as Maxwell Smart ?!? 2 stars
3/07/06 SylvesterFox007 Not as hilairous as the Peter Sellers films, but still an extremely enjoyable romp. 5 stars
3/04/06 Quigley formulaic with some vulgar bits, but holy crap! the movie was down-right hilarious! 5 stars
2/22/06 buttman it was funny 5 stars
2/13/06 KingNeutron DO NOT waste your money - I walked out after 15min, and I'm a FAN of Martin+PP! 1 stars
2/13/06 Madi I loved the movie Steve Martin's act as Clouseau was funny. 5 stars
2/13/06 Ole Man Bourbon Once I got comfortable with Martin's Clouseau, I was able to enjoy it. Hit and miss though 3 stars
2/12/06 Perry Mason Steve Martin's slapstick act is tired. This was just an embarrassment. 1 stars
2/12/06 Eevil Wolfie Funnier then expected, although most of it is slapstick humor. 4 stars
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  10-Feb-2006 (PG)
  DVD: 13-Jun-2006



Directed by
  Shawn Levy

Written by
  Len Blum
  Steve Martin

  Steve Martin
  Beyonce Knowles
  Jean Reno
  Kevin Kline
  Emily Mortimer
  Kristin Chenoweth

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