When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Closeau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery.
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Since the original "Pink Panther" is iconic and its Star,the legendaryPeter Sellers equally iconic,the task of remaking the movie would seemdaunting and pointless.well,it was and it is-daunting andpointless.first of all,the shoes of Peter Sellers can not befilled.This time around,Steve Martin steps into the role of theclumsy,inept and accidentally lucky Inspecter Clouseau.his comicfoil,this time around is Ponto,a detective assigned to assist Clouseauin his latest case(but actually assigned to keep an eye on him andprevent him from solving the case)Kevin Kline plays chief InspectorDreyfus,who has higher ambitions for himself and hopes to solve thecase himself (or at least take credit for it) Dreyfus of course is theone who assigned Ponto to Clouseau.the gist of the story is that thecoach(Jason Statham) of the French soccer team has been killed by apoison dart on the soccer field after a big game(in front of thousandsof fans)and his very large and expensive diamond"the Pink Panther"hasbeen stolen.Steve martin tries valiantly in the role,but falls short ofthe standard set.sometimes his french accent is ridiculous and hisactions make him come off looking gay,rather than just an incompetentboob.jean reno is funny as his sidekick,but is not given enough todo.Kevin Kline also fares better as Chief Inspector Dreyfus and seemscomfortable in the role.However the success of the movie hinges largelyon it's central character,and martin can not carry this movie.he seemsat times self conscious of the big shoes he has to fill,and tries toohard.the fault lies not with Martin wholly,as the script is lacking.thecharacter should have been fleshed out more and not a clone of theoriginal.unfortunately this movie fell victim to the "lets do a remake"frenzy that has yet to subside completely.all in all,a mildlyentertaining movie that is a pale imitation of its source material.4/10
Let me start by saying that this isn't a too bad comedy.Unfortunately it's not very good either though. Especially the runninggags are almost painful unfunny. Still this movie has some good momentsand Martin has given himself one or two funny one-liners.The big problem of this movie is that Steve Martin tries to beClouseau, one of the funniest characters invented for the big screen.Martin was a great comedian over a decade ago but since then he nevermanaged to be really funny anymore. His time has past and this movieshows it. Steve Martin just simply isn't good enough to perform asInspector Clouseau (perhaps nobody is, but he might have been the worstchoice for this part). And the fact that Peter Sellers made thischaracter his own doesn't help Martin either.Desperately trying not to imitate Sellers Steve Martin gives his own'swing' to the role. Something that could work on any other comic part,but not for a personality as famous as Clouseau. In fact a few scriptchanges and staying away from the Pink Panther franchise would haveimproved this movie quite a bit. It would never have been a greatcomedy because for that it just isn't funny enough, but it alsowouldn't give people such a bad taste and disappointment over the wayour beloved Inspector is portrayed in this film.That brings me to the other characters of Dreyfuss (Kevin Kline) andPonton (Jean Reno). Gendarme Ponton of course is an entire newcharacter and although he didn't do much for me as a viewer I think Ienjoyed this one the most of all characters. Kevin Kline however...Just one word comes to mind to express my feelings: Ouch! If he wasonly half as good as BeyoncÃ© in this movie... which also says a lot.After seeing this movie I'm afraid that the entire Pink Panther thingwas used to try to get former comedy star Steve Martin some sort ofcheap success. not by attracting people to see his comic skills butmerely hoping that Pink Panther fans will visit this one because of thefranchise. And those people will be very disappointed. First of becausethe movie isn't that funny. But mostly because it doesn't do anyjustice to the former Pink Panther films. Said that I like to add thatif Peter Sellers saw this one he would not turn over in his grave buthe would more likely smile over the fact that after almost 30 yearsince he played this role for the last time and several failed Pantherspin-offs, Hollywood still hasn't figured out a way to copy itsuccessfully.If director Shawn Levy would have created a new detective or policecharacter for this story (and changed the screenplay a little), thismovie would have gotten a 5 or 5.5. But because this one is miss-using(or perhaps is abusing a better word for it) the Pink Panther franchiseI can't give it more than 3 out of 10.
I watched this movie a bit late (too late actually, a year after it wasshown in cinemas), so I kinda forget about the brouhaha that surroundsthis sequel of the movie with the same title, played by Tom Selleck.Reading the comments posted, I got the feeling that this movie wasn'tthat nice nice after all, but I watched it anyway to find out ofmyself. called me a fool for not believing most of the comments, butheck, what the crap.Boy, oh boy ! I'm pleasantly surprised to find out that I did the rightthing! The movie is hilarious! Very very hilarious I must say! All theactors & actresses are performing brilliantly (with the exception ofDreyfuss, which need a little bit more convincing act). InspectorJacques Cleuseau (Steve Martin), Ponton(Jean Reno) and Nicole (EmilyMortimer) were a perfect match, as there was chemistry in thecharacters they played.There are plenty of scenes that is sure to be a blast ! "Hello, this isa lovely weather.." as Cleuseau checks behind the curtain to findwhether there are spies hiding behind it is simply original and funny !And the scene where he tries to speak hamburger is very funny indeed,it'll leave an everlasting impression in the audiences mind.damburgert ! =))
Firstly how you feel about this movie i think can depend on if youremember the original with peter sellers. I do and this movie doesn'teven come close to how good the original was, But if you just see thismove fresh with no pre conceived ideas then its not that bad really. Itis fairly funny in places but it seems there's just way too many blankspots where nothing is really happening in the movie. One of thegreatest misses was not making more of the love interest for Stevemartin. This could of been a good opportunity to have some classicslapstick kind of comedy. Also i really think Steve martin should giveup with the comic acting he really doesn't have it anymore. The onlything i remember him doing that was good was little shop of horrors andthe jerk. Ohhhhhhhhh and Hollywood plzzzzzzzzzzzz give jean reno adecent movie, this guy is a great actor and it seems all he ever getsoffered are these kinda token french guy roles.
I used to love the "Sellers Pink Panther" movies. Peter Sellers wasunique, and therefore, before I went to see the movie, I decided not todo any comparison with earlier Pink Panther movies.With that in (an open) mind, I had a lot of fun. The three youngsters(ages 9 to 11) who went with me, were also delighted; wanting to get itwhen it comes in DVD so they could see it again. The only thing wasthat the movie was in Spanish, and I'm sure I missed a lot of thelanguage-based punchlines. Even so, the movie was very funny! So, ifyou want to laugh a lot, don't compare with earlier movies, if you sawany of them. That will spoil most of the fun.
Now get this...I have never, ever laid eyes on a Pink Panther film. Ihave never seen a Peter Sellers film and maybe that's film blasphemybut I had zero expectations about the new remake of the originalclassic. I can't say I even eagerly wanted to see it but I've seeneverything else so there I was. This film I feel almost guilty aboutliking it as much as I did because it's just so silly and dumb and yetthe film was the funniest I have seen this year hands down. The PinkPanther was clever, well written and hilarious!!! Steve Martin takes over the role from Peter Sellers and also co-wrotethe screenplay. I've always liked Martin and I think he's a brilliantcomedian and The Pink Panther absolutely shows his talent at brainless,slapstick, physical comedy. Martin is campy, and clumsy, and deliversthose crazy, dumb lines flawlessly and he just makes you howl!! He'sthe perfect Sellers replacement for Clouseau. Kevin Kline who is also aversatile actor and very funny plays Clouseau's boss, the rather shadyand slimy, Chief Inspector Dreyfus. He plays opposite Martin like a proand is the perfect adversary for Martin's comedy. BeyoncÃ© Knowlesreally only adds a name and a face to the film that is mainstream andprobably brought a lot of a younger audience but her role is small andnot tough by any means but she does alright and she gets to sing. JeanReno has a real stand out performance as Clouseau's more controlledstraight man partner Gendarme Gilbert Ponton. He was the absolutelyperfect straight man and he's a decent actor as well. One of the trulygreat scenes in the film is him and Martin dancing to convince asecurity guard they are back up dancers. I laughed to tears!! EmilyMortimer plays Clouseau's soft spoken secretary/love interest. She dida great job earlier in the year playing heavy drama in Woody Allen'sMatch Point, and also impressed in the 2004 film Dear Frankie and nowshe hams it up opposite Martin. She's got a promising career ahead ofher.It is easy to see that Martin brings out the absolute best in everyone.His comedic performance enhances everyone around him and this filmshowcases his brilliant comedic talent because it's so foolish andcampy and he makes it actually funny and not stupid and in a film likethis it's a very, very fine line and usually not my thing but this onejust blew me away!!! The accents in the film (usually French) are sobadly down, they are horrible and it's exactly what they set out to do.Shawn Levy, I think had the biggest shoes to fill taking over asdirector from creator Blake Edwards and I think he did a wonderful job.The comedy might seem forced, certain scenes are tacked in there to tryand be funny and yet for some unknown reason it works perfectly!! Thereare so many genuinely funny, laugh to tears moments...the scene wherehe tries to learn to say Hamburger (oh man that was funny), the dancescene mentioned previously, the scene where he first meets Nicole andgets her wrapped around his head and in general any scene where youknow he's gonna screw up. On top of that the writers and director don'tmake Clouseau look foolish in the end. Instead he is so lovable and agreat hero and they really make him out to be exactly that. The filmbeginning to end was entertaining and so brainless!! I just can't getover how silly it all is and how well it works. Please please pleaseSteve Martin do another one...I think he has the ability and the groundwork for an incredible franchise here that will restart a classicseries from over four decades ago. Fans of comedy must see this!!9.5/10 I don't know what is stopping me from a full on 10/10...maybeit's just not ground breaking but still the best movie I have seen inages. It also loses half a point (almost more) for adding in a stupidfart joke...boo to that but hooray from the entire rest of it.
Steve Martin has made comedic magic once again. In the Pink Panther,Martin plays the clueless Inspector Clouseau, who must find what hasbecome of the legendary Pink Panther diamond. The movie has anextremely large number of laugh-out-loud scenes, but the "plot" thathappens in between just isn't engaging enough. Hated by the critics,this remake was almost immediately considered one of the worst moviesof the year. These same critics, mind you, loved Napoleon Dynamite,Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and The Blair Witch Project. It is by nomeans a bad film, it just has several factors holding it back. I wouldhave liked to see the original PG-13 cut of the film - I'm sure it wasmuch better. The trailer was also great, but far too long; it gave awaynearly all of the funniest parts.
What a terrible waste of time! Steve Martin barely even tries in thisremake of the Pink Panther. As usual, the famous Pink Panther diamondis stolen and France's most inept detective is on the case. Mind you,the original film was hardly a classic. For one, Peter Sellers only hada supporting role in it. Even so, this film had me shaking my head. Somany bad puns, lame jokes, unfunny pratfalls all in one film! KevinKline is boring and Jean Reno is wasted. There is just one funny scenein the entire film - Steve Martin attempting to pronounce hamburger.Avoid.Overall 2/10
I really enjoyed this movie. It is a great piece of light-heartedcomedy that will give you pleasure and entertainment for some TV timehome alone or with your family and friends. Though many people hadmentioned that this film doesn't serve the original Peter Sellers PinkPanther movies justice, I think that this film does good with its ownunique flavor. The producers added their own touch and originality to apopular franchise, and I don't think this film did the original moviesinjustice.Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyonce Knowles and Jean Reno all did anawesome job in delivering humor, puns and slapstick comedy, with somedrama and music mixed in - great for a comedic, mystery movie. The plotis pretty exciting, with Inspector Clouesau (Martin) teaming up withPonton (Jean Reno) to solve the murder of a soccer star and the theftof the Pink Panther diamond. The music score by Christophe Beck isquite good, and it is a great treat to have Henry Mancini's PinkPanther theme incorporated in the music score.In addition, the cameo of Clive Owen as 006 adds an interesting twistto the film, and I love it when Martin says to Owen, "You're one numberaway from the big time." Owen spoofs James Bond 007 in this film, whichis probably a homage to the upcoming 007 film starring Daniel Craig,and the Peter Sellers film, "Casino Royale," in which he spoofed JamesBond.Lastly, the beautiful sceneries of Paris and New York enhance thecreativity of the film. The Presidential Ball probably had the bestdesign, in which the ball's location was decorated like a royal palace.Overall, a funny and enjoyable film, and am looking forward to itssequel.Grade A
Just a quick comment. I liked the pace of the film and the awful Frenchaccents by the various actors. The children in the theater werelaughing like crazy at the slapstick. It's not Academy Award material,but certainly a fun family movie. The very tiny car driven around is agreat slapstick "vehicle". The rolling metal globe could have been usedthroughout the film. Had me guessing on who the killer was, and I knewit was a shame the inspector's boss was attempting to undermine him.Don't compare to Peter Sellers films. This is a Steve Martin film. Gotit? The Henry Mancini score was a delight and I'm glad they kept to thecartoon beginning rather than a CGI phoniness. Of course the Parisskyline and the city of lights was great to see.
This was such an unbearable film to watch that I couldn't be botheredto waste my time viewing it to the end. I'm disturbed that people wouldfind it funny. I am a huge fan of Steve Martin, so had pretty muchassumed that he would to a great job in honour of Peter Sellers. NowI'm wondering if he had something against him. Martin's accent wasabsolutely abominable, as was Kline's. I mean, how on earth can twotalented actors such as themselves NOT know how to do a fake frenchaccent. It's really not that difficult! I can honestly say that theonly part that had any kind of redeeming quality was the intro to filmon the DVD version. The style was very cool; an interesting mix of 2and 3D. Anyway, I realize now that taking time to complain about it isalso a huge waste of my time. Better luck next time Steve.
I didn't expect Steve Martin to recreate Sellers' character. But Ididn't expect the screenplay to be so dumb in places. Example: one ofthe murder victims is heard to say "oh, it's you" right before beingmurdered, so Martin's Clouseau has everyone in Paris with the last name"Yu" interrogated. Ha ha. Sorry, Seller's Clouseau was clumsy, naive,pretentious and obtuse, but he was never an abject **moron** like thisscreenplay makes Clouseau out to be (until the end, when he's revealedto be actually a genius, another difference from the Sellers Clouseau).There are some funny sight gags, but most of them are labored; thingsfly out of Clouseau's grasp quite unrealistically and clonk people inthe head. It's predominantly kid stuff. OK, it works as absolutelymindless entertainment, but the originals were more than that.
Over the years, the Pink panther series have faced dozens of "Jump theShark" moments. I have always enjoyed the first five movies of thisfranchise although I agree that after a while, the movies started toget a bit weaker and become more child friendly. Even so, PeterSellers's performance of the character "Inspector Clouseau" was enoughto make any decent movie. Clouseau still remains one of the greatestcharacters on screen to me and it was logical that the entire plot ofeach film more or less revolved around that character.After Sellers's death, several attempts were made to revive the seriesin the form of various movies. Each one of them was more horrific thanthe previous one.Director Blake Edwards eventually decided to retire from the series.Does this mean that the presence of Sellers was essential for thecreation of a new Pink Panther movie? This question was eventuallyanswered with the release of this movie. I was already disappointedwith the news that they were making another Pink Panther movie but Istill gave it a chance. Basically, I think it's a bit better that BlakeEdwards's last movie but that doesn't mean a lot.The first problem of this film lies with the basic formula its-self.The Pink Panther was more than just a slapstick movie. The slapstickgenre was revised with the introduction of a brilliant character whichwas able to turn a small problem into a chaos without being aware ofit. THIS movie simply follows a chain of over the top childishold-school humor. They completely missed the point! The other reasonwhy I think that this movie doesn't work has to do with the portrayalof the characters: Clouseau: Peter Sellers had completely mastered hisown character. It was perfect. The idea of a stupid and arrogant Frenchinspector who destroys everything seems a bit absurd but Sellers wasable to create such a natural appearance that the public could soongrow accustomed to it. Sellers BECAME his own character. Steve Martinon the other hand failed to turn himself into Clouseau. His version ofthe character looked more like a poor impersonation. Apart from that,the French accent he used wasn't his own making him very annoying.Ponton: What happened to Cato!? I heard the character was removed inorder to avoid stereotyping. My reaction was: They still want to make afilm about some fake French guy who's unable to pronounce Hamburger butthey can't include an Asian guy performing martial arts because theythink it's too offensive!? Dreyfus: Kevin Kline is a great comedian buthis version of Dreyfus was pretty weak. Instead of doing the psychoticDreyfus who's about to lose his mind, he played just another angrypolice commissioner.Xania: BeyoncÃ© is NOT an actress. They should have known that afterseeing Austin Powers 3: Goldmember.I might sound a bit conservative when analyzing all those charactersbut I think it just proves how difficult it is to repeat a a certainidea with a different formula. In this case, they intended to bring thefranchise to a younger audience but took the essence out. There wereonly a few moments in the entire film which made me laugh but therewere also lot's of sequences which almost made me cry. I'm not going tomention them.I know that there's a sequel of this movie that has just been released.My first reaction was:'WHY!? Haven't they learned jet?' If you're along time Pink Panther fan. I don't recommend this movie to you. Tomme, the real Pink Panther died a long time ago.
Surprisingly hilarious! Steve Martins best work in years if not ever!10/10... Decidedly different than Blake Edwards style of movie-making,the laughs are non stop here. Kevin Kline is superb in his role asDreyfuss. The Hamburger scenes are too funny. Destined to be a classicIMO. Certainly hope Martin decides to reprise this role. The accentgags are endless. I enjoyed The french bloke cast as his sidekick. Thedancing scenes between the two of them and the "surprise attacks" weregreat.The airport scene had the theatre in stitches.Enjoyed the littleChinese lady as well. This flick is suitable for all ages. Manyyoungsters were in the audience laughing along...
After the interesting Pink Panther series with the legendary PeterSellers in Blake Edwards' relatively hilarious(but often very stupid)films,remaking a timeless comedy is something of a risk. Nonethelessthe 21st Century update is quite a bad film but... Obviously the most important thing was finding a fitting InspectorJacques Clouseau,that would step up in the shoes of a comedy master.The wise choice was Steve Martin, one of Hollywood's leadingentertainers in comedy. With a very untrue French accent a shortmoustache and a mission for failure,Martin does not disappoint."Frequently funny, lighthearted entertainment""Modern audiences will probably relate more to the 2006 version ratherthan the older Pink Panther films"4/10
Remakes, rehashes, call them what you will, are becoming the 21stcentury Hollywood staple. Old movies and old TV series alike havebecome a fertile ground for an industry that seems to have exhaustedits entire supply of original ideas.Which is not to say that it's always a bad thing. "The Pink Panther"2006 style, is forgettable froth, but it is watchable. I had myreservations going in not merely because Peter Sellers was one of akind, but I must confess to being absolutely not a Steve Martin fan. Ifind his "humour" more irritating than funny.So, given my low expectations, I have to say he makes a reasonable jobof infusing his version of the Clouseau character with something otherthan a poor Sellers rip-off. Indeed, it is to Martin's credit that heplays the role his way, and doesn't even try to imitate the man whomade the part his own. In other words, Steve Martin plays Clouseau, andnot Sellers-playing-Clouseau. That's a relief, for starters. He couldsimply never pull it off if he tried.Actually, Martin makes a better Clouseau than Kevin Kline makes aDreyfus. He is almost singularly unfunny in his role as the longsuffering boss of the world's worst policeman. This is a pity, becausealthough the movie is very funny in parts, it is no more than aslapstick farce and could have used even more funny moments than itsdelivers.The scenes involving the unluckiest cyclist in Paris are particularlyfunny, even if they are telegraphed from a mile away, while Clouseau'shopeless attempts to parallel park a Smartcar into a space large enoughto accommodate a Jumbo Jet are no less funny merely because even ablind man could see it coming. On a more subtle level, the mild digs atboth French and American culture are amusing, even if the scene whereClouseau takes a lesson in "American accent" is overlong and easily themost irritating in the film.One thing that the film proves very quickly indeed is that BeyonceKnowles can't act. Her portrayal of a superstar singer whose boyfriendwas murdered moments after he proposed to her is so unspeakably badthat it adds some moments of great humour to the film that were neverintended. If Ms Knowles was hoping to emulate the likes of BarbraStreisand and make the transition from singing diva to screen star, sheshould abandon ship now. She can't even sing like Streisand, and shecan barely act like a lamp post.
Two items were obvious in this not so funny movie: 1) the writing/screenplay leaves much to be desired, I agree with the previous comment about Tomlin, why was her charcter even in the movie? 2) Zwart's directing clearly shows all he wanted to do was finish this terribly written movie without any retakes. Maybe he should try directing a 3 Stooges remake. Then again, why ruin their slap-stick humor. Steve Martin is a talented and funny actor, but this movie was way beneath his talents.
P-U this movie is one big stinker!!! How could anyone like this pieceof garbage! Steve Martin is horrible as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, andcould quite possibly take away the title for worst accents from KevinCostner! I mean really Peter Sellers was a genius and that part wasmade for him but if Steve Martin can't do a French accent then getsomeone else! He tried to cover his lack of ability by pronouncing his"r's" as "w's" and it came out sounding like baby talk! Moderized gagsand crappy jokes lead this stink bomb straight to the sewer. I took mykids to see this and they were not even impressed in the least and theyare 15 and 10 years old! Don't waste your money seeing this in thetheater, don't buy the DVD until it hits the $5.00 bin that way itwon't cost much more than renting it and you can burn your copy afterwatching it that way you will get some satisfaction!
This is yet another example of Hollywood's attempt to take excellentmaterial from the past, rework it and release it. "Shot in the Dark"and the original "Pink Panther" were sparkling and spontaneous and evenelegant at times. Blake Edwards with his ingenuity and Henry Mancini'sgenius overshadow the pedestrian work of Shawn Levy and Christophe Beckto such an extent that it's almost embarrassing. Steve Martin has hisfollowing and has earned a deserved niche in his brand of screen comedybut Peter Sellers' fabulous Clouseau has become iconic over the years.Let's face it, the hardest act to follow is a famous one. I'm expectingthe same team to make a sequel, "The Pink Panther Goes To College", oneof these days.Curtis Stotlar