Paws for Thought
Pink Panther 2
Review by Ross Anthony

The first Steve Martin Pink Panther actually tickled me. Yes, it had its share of cheap sight gags that fell flat, and yes, it had more off-color innuendoes than felt appropriate for a family film, but it also displayed a respectable supply of respectable laughs. My girlfriend and I had a fun time watching it and remember it fondly. (Perhaps we were biased, since we viewed it the day before taking off to France.)

Sadly, this time around, the flat gags and off-color innuendoes double in quantity, while the amount of sincerely funny bits wane to a mere handful. My favorites were the "Wine Tossing," "Split-Screen Security Monitor" and "Falling Pope" sequences. Actually, the pope bit was so good, I'm surprised they didn't juice it more. It really had the audience rolling.

There was one improvement this go around, however. Kevin Kline was replaced by John Cleese as Clouseau's boss. What a pleasure. I loved the opening scene between John and costar -- the bathroom wall.

Bathroom wall aside, the film isn't a completely painful experience. Still, I was really hoping that this Pink Panther might just be a dark horse. But, unfortunately, I cannot recommend it for anyone over the age of 5 or 6, and even then it'd be a bit of a crapshoot.

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  • Pink Panther 2. Copyright © 2009.
  • Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer, Aishwarya Rai, Andy Garcia, John Cleese, Rai Bachchan, Lily Tomlin. Directed by Harald Zwart. Screenplay by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Steve Martin. Producer: Robert Simonds at mgm.

Grade..........................B- (1.5/4)

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