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  • Summary: The Pink Panther 2, the sequel to the 2006 worldwide hit, stars Steve Martin as he reprises the role of intrepid-if-bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, ChiefThe Pink Panther 2, the sequel to the 2006 worldwide hit, stars Steve Martin as he reprises the role of intrepid-if-bumbling French police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau. When legendary treasures from around the world are stolen, including the priceless Pink Panther Diamond, Chief Inspector Dreyfus is forced to assign Clouseau to a team of international detectives and experts charged with catching the thief and retrieving the stolen artifacts. Martin is joined by his co-stars Jean Reno and Emily Mortimer. The story is set in Paris and Rome. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 30
  2. Negative: 13 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Patrick Parker
    75
    If you liked the first then you are going to like this one as Clouseau is offensive and outrageous, which is a perfect fit for one of the "Wild and Crazy Guys."
  2. Martin starts at the outrageous accent and spins out from there, and that's fine for this. And there are a few snicker-worthy scenes.
  3. Nothing is harder and more elusive than successful slapstick onscreen. Nothing.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    40
    There is no real plot, the movie's filled with friends of Steve, the comedy is terribly overplayed, or the comedy is overplayed terribly (again, you can choose) -- what you're left with is a bag of tricks that has seen better days.
  5. Perhaps Martin should go back to taking chances and writing original work.
  6. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    30
    It's Garcia, Molina, and Tomlin who give you momentary hope that the film might settle into a witty, irreverent romp. Unfortunately, their efforts are ultimately defeated.
  7. One of the most dreadfully unnecessary movies in recent memory.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 32
  2. Negative: 14 out of 32
  1. Johnm
    Feb 11, 2009
    10
    Very under rated movie. A plus for Martin Fans. Glad I did not listen to the Critics.
  2. Kdawg
    Feb 8, 2009
    10
    Very Funny, I laughed at almost every scene. If you liked the 1st, then this is a must see.
  3. Sean
    Feb 15, 2009
    8
    Lacks the intelligence of the Peter Sellers films and even the zest of Steve Martin's previous entry, but there are still enough belly Lacks the intelligence of the Peter Sellers films and even the zest of Steve Martin's previous entry, but there are still enough belly laughs to keep the Panther on the right trail, and the opening credits alone are worth the price of admission for Pink Panther fans. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Feb 8, 2009
    5
    Robert Wagner plays the nephew of The Phantom, a playboy/jewel thief played by David Niven in Blake Edwards' "The Pink Panther", the Robert Wagner plays the nephew of The Phantom, a playboy/jewel thief played by David Niven in Blake Edwards' "The Pink Panther", the 1963 original that started it all. In order to separate Clouseau from his wife, the young American places a call to the inspector's hotel room from an elevator, in which he employs a fake French accent by lifting his nose with an index finger. Steve Martin's take on Inspector Jacques Clouseau seems closer in spirit to Wagner's brief French impersonation than the late Peter Sellers, who, albeit not French, transcended the pitfalls of unintentional caricature. Martin's performance is nothing more than a funny voice sans the digit to the schnoz. Whereas old school Clouseau was oblivious to the mayhem he'd inadvertently foment, new school Clouseau is a post-modernist construct; he's in on the joke, a fire-starter. Martin's bumbling act doesn't have the accidental nature that Sellers had down pat, largely because the American comic plays Clouseau as being too smart for slapstick. In one scene, returning to the restaurant he had previously helped burn down, he asks the maitre d', "Remember me?" with a self-satisfied sneer in his voice that telegraphs the detective's intention to play arsonist again, once the comic set-piece goes through the requisite convolutions. If Sellers was given the same line, he'd deliver the line with a look of sheepishness on his face, and humility in his voice. This Clouseau projects a veneer of latent intellectuality. This Clouseau seems wholly capable of solving the case. That's why "The Pink Panther 2" misses the mark. Expand
  5. DanielC
    Jul 26, 2009
    1
    The worst comedy in 20 years. What an insult to the work of Peter Sellers. Let Martin create his own character rather than brutalize a loved The worst comedy in 20 years. What an insult to the work of Peter Sellers. Let Martin create his own character rather than brutalize a loved character that is Sellers alone. Expand
  6. DrewB.
    Feb 7, 2009
    0
    This movie really makes me weep for Steve Martin's career. I me honestly, such a waste of talent.
  7. AlonsoC
    Jul 11, 2009
    0
    Two words: Not Funny.

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