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Awesome: 10.53%
Worth A Look: 22.37%
Average: 10.53%
Pretty Bad: 26.32%
Total Crap30.26%

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Pink Panther, The (2006)
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by William Goss

"Bad Kitty"
1 stars

Early on in 'The Pink Panther,' Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) arrives at the Parisian police headquarters and attempts to parallel park his vehicle. As expected, he collides with neighboring cars, but instead of doing it a few times and calling it quits, Clouseau continues several additional times until finally coming to a stop. Maybe somebody should have given the filmmakers a clue as to where the line lies between funny and frustrating, because that scene just about sums up the entire remake, which takes rather routine humor and exaggerates it to a groan-inducing degree.

Police chief Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) is the Susan Lucci of crimefighting, a seven-time nominee and runner-up to receive the prestigious Medal of Honor. In an effort to secure a win this time around, he assigns the incompetent Clouseau to investigate (and hopefully botch) the high-profile case of a slain soccer coach and the subsequent theft of the titular jewel, so that Dreyfus can solve the case himself and claim all the glory.

In a stunning twist, music superstar Beyoncé Knowles appears as (gasp!) the pop star / prime suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, and gets in a song or two while failing to maintain any residual popularity that may have remained from her roles in 2002’s Austin Powers: Goldmember and 2003’s The Fighting Temptations. The chronically stoic Jean Reno embarrasses himself as Clouseau’s sidekick, and no one can blame Emily Mortimer for picking up a paycheck with such an indie-heavy résumé as the detective's secretary. Kline remains as little more than a victim of his own circumstance, taking his French Kiss accent around the block once more as the audience wonders what they might have watched instead had he filled the lead role.

This leaves poor Steve Martin, who flails about in the most drastic attempts to milk humor from a script utterly deprived of comedic sensibility. No one expects him to fill Sellers’ shoes, and he makes no apparent effort to even respect his chief predecessor, let alone make the role his own. For example, take the disposable scene in which a dialect coach tries to help Clouseau pronounce “hamburger” with an American accent. Martin repeatedly butchers the word until an initially weak joke transforms into an increasingly irritating annoyance. Then again, it doesn’t help that the scene goes on for about twice the ideal length, for which Martin isn’t entirely to blame, for he shares credit for the screenplay with Len Blum (Stripes), and together with director Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen), the trio has no idea when to let up. Besides the numbing repetition of each joke and every gag, they get away with a surprising amount of sexual innuendo for a family-friendly PG rating. Such disregard for the target audience is somewhat bothersome, but even if included in a PG-13 cut, those diversions fit in quite awkwardly amongst the remaining ‘humor.’

The sole inspired comedic moment comes in the form of a Clive Owen cameo, in which he plays as a pseudo-Bond and spends exactly one scene to show that franchise’s producers what they missed out on. Not only is it the cleverest idea Levy and Martin can muster, it doesn’t overstay its welcome. However, such an appearance deserves to belong in a much better movie than this floundering farce.

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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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