1 hour, 32 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action.
2 Disc DVD Features: Closed Caption; Disc 1: Gag reel; A Dream Team Like No Other featurette; Drama is Easy...Comedy is Dangerous featurette.
Disc 2 (bonus dvd disc): 27 Classic Pink Panther cartoons-nearly 3 hours of added animation fun
Steve Martin ... Insp. Clouseau
Jean Reno ... Ponton
Emily Mortimer ... Nicole
Andy Garcia ... Vicenzo
Alfred Molina ... Pepperidge
Yuki Matsuzaki ... Kenji
Aishwarya Rai ... Sonia
Jeremy Irons ... Avellaneda
John Cleese ... Chief Inspector Dreyfus
|When the film opens Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin "The Jerk")
has been relegated to parking meter duty after winning a Medal of Honor
at the end of the last film. Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese "A Fish Called Wanda") is hoping to keep the bumbling Clouseau out of the
office and out of the way, so when the Pink Panther is stolen, along
with priceless artifacts from Italy, Japan and England, Clouseau is the
obvious choice to send him off to
recover the items. He's dispatched along with a squad of International detectives including the
very proper Pepperidge of Britain (Alfred Molina "Spider-Man 2"), Italy's lover not a fighter Vicenzo (Andy Garcia "Oceans 11") and
a Japanese whiz kid (Yuki Matsuzaki "Letters from Iwo Jima"), all of them exasperated by
Clouseau's ego and clumsiness. The Italian is more interested
Clouseau's secretary Nicole (Emily Mortimer "Lars and the Real Girl"), whom he woos while Nicole
and Clouseau refuse to acknowledge their mutual crushes.
Joined by jewel expert Sonia (Aishwarya Rai "Bride and Prejudice"), the Dream Team travels the globe on
the trail of the mysterious thief "The Tornado" (Johnny Halliday
"The Man on the Train").
Their first trip is
to Rome when the Pope's ring is stolen, and Clouseau has
to interview a prime suspect and The Tornado's alleged fence: Avellaneda (Jeremy Irons
"The Merchant of Venice"). Each location is
essentially just an opportunity for another slapstick gag. Martin runs
atop a giant globe in a mansion, he falls off the Pope's balcony, he
burns down a restaurant in Rome. The physical gags, as tired as they
may be, work a whole lot better than the French jokes, which once again
find Clouseau unable to pronounce "hamburger" and
as he shleps back and forth across Europe, always waiting for him back in Paris is Mrs. Berenger (Lily Tomlin
"9 to 5"),
hired to correct the inspector of his non-PC ways.
There's also a
running subplot about Clouseau's aide, Ponton (Jean Reno
who is bunking on Clouseau's couch since leaving his wife and who's having an unfulfilled romance with Clouseau's secretary. Some of the better performances
directed by Harald Zwart
("Agent Cody Banks") come from Emily Mortimer who brings some sparkle to nearly every scene she's in and
Alfred Molina who's an especially good foil for Clouseau, as in one early
scene where the two size each other up by lobbing random insults. Jean Reno's character lurks weirdly on the sidelines for most of the
film, but he does have an amusing song and dance with Martin.
Basically, this is a dull and obvious comedy that either squanders the talent of its all-star cast or leaves them foundering in a series of lame slapstick gags.