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Running Time:
1 hour, 32 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A dull and obvious comedy that either squanders the talent of its cast or leaves them to founder in a series of lame slapstick gags.

Additional Info:
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

The Pink Panther 2
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 "Mission Impossible"), 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.

The Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin: DVD Cover                      


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