Release Date: February 10th, 2006 by Columbia Pictures. The Cast: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Beyoncé Knowles, Henry Czerny, Kristin Chenoweth. Directed by Shawn Levy.
BASIC PREMISE: Inspector Jacques Clouseu (Martin) must solve the mystery of who murdered a soccer coach and stole the Pink Panther diamond.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Those who expect a non-stop laugh riot will be very pleased by The Pink Panther . Steve Martin gives a hilarious performance as Inspector Jacques Clouseu, the French detective who always ends up making a fool out himself. The outrageous plot seems slightly juvenile at times as he unprofessionally searches for the murderer among potential suspects. Beyoncé Knowles plays Xania, a suspect who also happens to be a popular singer. Knowles is clearly beautiful but still needs to work on her acting skills. On the other hand, Jean Reno plays a Detective Ponton with perfect and charm. Unfortunately, Kevin Kline fans will be disappointed that he gets very little screen time as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Some of the funny scenes can also be found in this movie’s trailer but, surprisingly, there’s plenty more to laugh at which should not be spoiled. Sure, a lot of the humor is stupid and redundant, but at least it’s funny thanks to Steve Martin’s terrific comic timing--he also co-wrote the screenplay, which clearly shows. Clouseu and his secretary (Mortimer) have some awkward but funny scenes together. At a running time of 92 minutes, The Pink Panther doesn’t overstay its welcome and, fortunately, none of the jokes feel too redundant.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Not enough of Kevin Kline. Other than that, there’s no insult as long you as you can suspend your disbelief for 92 minutes.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 1
IN A NUTSHELL: Steve Martin is a comic genius! Goofy, often stupid and silly, but at least it keeps you laughing!
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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