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Pink Panther, The
Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles

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Label: Shawn Levy Released: 2/10/2006

The Pink Panther is an amusing slapstick romp through Paris with Steve Martin playing the bumbling fool Jacques Clouseau to Kevin Kline's manipulative Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Set up for failure by Dreyfus, Clouseau ultimately prevails thanks to help from reluctant sidekick Ponton (Jean Reno) and assistant Nicole (Emily Mortimer also of Match Point), and also a little help from Clive Owen making a vaguely unnecessary appearance as "Agent 006". Through various incidents of bodily injury to himself and others, many of which will make you cringe, Clouseau also engages in some risqué situations with Nicole before ultimately, of course, "getting the girl" and solving the crime in one fell swoop.

Though both Clouseau and Dreyfus' accents seem to wander all over the map the point is the humour, not the accuracy. And the accent itself becomes the punchline in the hilarious "hamburger" sequences. Though fans of the original Peter Sellers comedies may be a little disappointed (notably by the lack of sidekick Cato), the vast majority of film-goers these days are likely unfamiliar with the originals. Taken on its own (or as a tribute to the originals rather than a remake), The Pink Panther stands up as a humourous if harmless family comedy.

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