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Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a name that strikes fear into the hearts of criminals everywhere — and anyone else he comes across as well. Maybe it's because his deductive powers are so inadequate, his grasp of the obvious so elusive, his command of the language so severely limited and his physical coordination so completely lacking. But while his approach may be unorthodox and often confounding, he always manages to solve the crime — in his own fashion. At least until now.
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Roger EbertFull Review Below Average Kline and Martin both wear the costumes and try the bad French accents, but it's like the high school production of something you saw at Steppenwolf, with the most gifted students in drama class playing the John Malkovich and Joan Allen roles.
USA TodayFull Review Good It's tough to see much red about a new version of The Pink Panther when the mostly ill-used titan Steve Martin is finally back in substantial form, taking on Peter Sellers' most 'owned' role.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 242 moviegoers:These opinions are about as good as you could expect for this type of movie. They aren't great and they aren't terrible. A little better than half enjoyed "The Pink Panther" very much, rating it "Very Good" or higher. Most of the remaining opinions are "Good" to "Fair," which indicates an average to below average movie, which is somewhat low. There are very few who truly disliked it.
My recommendation....if you enjoy either Steve Martin or the type of humor found in the old "Pink Panther" movies then you will almost certainly feel this remake was worth your time and money. If you are expecting something fresh and new then you might want to skip this movie.
The bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) takes on his most important case ever.
World famous soccer coach Yves Gluant has just led Team France to victory
over Team China. Surrounded by grateful adoring fans and his beautiful lover,
the international pop star Xania (Beyoncé Knowles), Gluant is felled by a
poisoned dart. In the ensuing panic, Gluant's priceless diamond ring, "The Pink
Panther," mysteriously disappears.
The murder becomes a media sensation and a national obsession. Cracking the
case falls to Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline), who is up for the prestigious
Medal of Honor — for the seventh time. Aware that he cannot afford to make a
single mistake — at least none that can be attributed to him — Dreyfus presses
the indefatigable Inspector Clouseau into service.
Clouseau and his new assistant, the steadfast, stoic Gendarme Gilbert Ponton
(Jean Reno), follow a tangle of clues that leads them all over Paris and,
eventually, New York City.
In the Big Apple, Clouseau and Ponton travel to Times Square and the nearby
diamond district, as well as to the city's posh Fifth Avenue and the renowned
Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Along the way, Clouseau and Ponton are waylaid by
elusive diamond cutters, would-be thugs, notorious bandits, smarmy casino
owners, secret agents, mysterious trainers and an exotic beverage called "The
One by one, Clouseau narrows his search and tracks down the most likely
suspects. They include Xania, a spurned soccer star (William Abadie), a
millionaire casino owner (Roger Rees) and a flirtatious P.R. publicist (Kristin
Clouseau's process is fascinating, if harrowingly circuitous. But he never loses
his focus, his purpose or his pride — much to the consternation of Dreyfus, who
may or may not have Clouseau's best interests at heart. In the end, with the aid
of Ponton and his devoted secretary Nicole (Emily Mortimer), Clouseau must
unmask the murderer and keep Dreyfus from taking credit.