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Pink Panther 2

Steve Martin Sequel 2009

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Chock Full 'O Stars and Cameos - Also Darn Funny

  • Jun 23, 2009
Rating:
+3
Pink Panther, since the passing of Peter Sellers, no it hasn't been the same. Yes it is absolutely a formula movie. There are generally around 7 or 8 jokes evenly spread through the movie. Although Sellers was a much better Clouseau; the formula was pretty much the same.

So Steve Martin continues the formula. Does a workman job of being Clouseau, and has some darn funny moments in this film. Yes, it's a guilty pleasure (just like the originals). If you liked the first Steve Martin Panther (The Pink Panther (Special Edition)), well you'll definately enjoy this one. Maybe it depends a bit on why you enjoyed it - if it was for Beyonce - well you are not served in this one. No there is no Beyonce replacement, nobody that approaches that beauty.

The stars, out of the box you get John Cleese. John never ever ever acts in a movie unless he believes in it, he doesn't need to act anymore and only does things when he likes the movie. Well, chaulk one up for the movie - I think it's Steve Martin that managed to get Cleese. Then Lionel from As Time Goes By (Geoffry Palmer) plays chief Joubert. The list goes on, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Lily Tomlin, Jeremy Irons (a pretty brief apperance at a dinner party), Johnny Halladay, and Jean Reno returns. It's a nice list of stars, great cameos.

The story is absolutely classic Panther. Clouseau is requested to join the "dream team" detectives to solve burglaries by the Tornado. Obviously he's off doing parking ticket duty in Paris. And of course he bumbles his way through everything. There's a love interest this time. And of course Clouseau solves the crime.

I do like Steve Martin as Clouseau. He doesn't do the French humor as well as Sellers, but it still comes across fine. The Jojoba pronunciation joke falls a bit flat, because he pronounces the H's easily and that's impossible for the French. But who would really get that joke anyway. Sellers did use an excellent French accent that he mangled well. Cleese as the Chief detective, was way too British. He didn't even try to do a French accent (unlike his old where is the luggage in the sheep skit on Monty Python - ou sont les baggages?). The rest of the supporting cast is good. The dream team was pretty funny, a Brit, a Japanese tech guy, Clouseau, and an Italian. All depended on their particular country stereotype.

I liked this movie. I found it funny. The humor was PG-13 and a tiny bit racier, but nothing rude. If you like slapstick humor, this is a good modern film with slapstick. Don't get here thinking this is some kind of who done it mystery that will challenge your skills of observation.

Film-wise, nicely done, in focus, well exposed, etc. Nothing special. The views of Paris are really sweet, keep looking in the background - there's some beautiful scenes. Pacing is exactly what you would expect. Slow to set up the joke, joke gets delivered quickly, and then move on to the next set up (repeat 7 times).

The DVD is a loser - no bonus material. No director commentary. Just a batch of previews and the movie. That's it.

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review by . August 03, 2009
Inspector Clouseau joins the Dream Team, an international team made up of the most respected investigator's, to stop a theif from stealing the precious Pink Panther gem.     This movie cracked me up! It is hilarious. I don't normally watch a movie more than once, but I could watch this one all the time.
review by . February 07, 2009
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Pros: Aishwarya Rai, the second-most beautiful woman in the world!      Cons: Feels forced sometimes      The Bottom Line: Blah.      My favorite joke in The Pink Panther 2 was the one about the French detectives hiring a counselor to teach the detectives how to be politically correct. This is the most outright satirical joke in The Pink Panther 2. It comes off like a shot at the PC police by a screenwriter who is getting somewhat annoyed …
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"Let me bring you up to speed. We know nothing. Now you are up to speed." Thus is the bumbling, deadpan persona of Inspector Clouseau, as re-invented by Steve Martin, best summed up. In this sequel to the 2006 remake of the classic Peter Sellers films, Martin gets crisper direction and a smarter script than he did the first time out. Martin, to his great credit, has never been afraid to make himself look foolish or to take pratfalls--and if the viewer finds these remakes to be less satirical than the original Sellers films, he will still be letting our great laughs and chuckles through the course of the film. And what a cast! Martin is joined by John Cleese, Jeremy Irons, Lily Tomlin, Jean Reno, Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai, Emily Mortimer, Alfred Molina, and Andy Garcia--all of whom seem to be having a delightful romp--a feeling that’s contagious. The story picks up where the last film ended, with Clouseau’s having saved the precious Pink Panther diamond in Paris. Since then, Clouseau has been reassigned to parking-ticket duty, to keep him off the frayed nerves of Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Cleese). But a band of international thieves is wreaking havoc on the world’s treasures, and, before you can sayminkey, the priceless Pink Panther goes missing, again. If plot’s a bit predictable, it’s no matter, since thephunis in the haplessness of Clouseau and the rings of nuclear fallout that surround him. And you may never ...
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 6, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Steve Martin
Runtime: 92 minutes
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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