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Pink Panther 2
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Jul 16, 2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Harald Zwart

Actors:
Steve Martin
Jean Reno
Alfred Molina

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Inspector Clouseau is once again asked to protect the Pink Panther when it is mysteriously stolen by the world renowned thief The Tornado. Since this is an international case, he is teamed with the best investigators from the world, but only Clouseau possesses the savvy required to retrieve the Pink Panther.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Its strange that this film landed in my mailbox at this time. As it turns out, Im going through a Steve Martin phase. I recently purchased a few of his old comedy CDs and Im currently reading his book Born Standing Up. He is truly one of the greatest comedians to ever live and when hes being himself, he cracks me up like few other comedians can. But then I watch dribble like PINK PANTHER 2 and Im reminded why he isnt an even bigger star; he chooses horrible roles.

Im not going to compare Martins Clouseau to Sellers version, that wouldnt be fair to anyone. Lets just look at this as its own movie and forget that it shares the title with the former films. With that in mind, the film still isnt funny and the characters created are still annoying. Martin does what he can, but its not enough. The film relies too heavily on the fact that Martin is doing a French voice and no one seems to realize thats not funny anymore, if it ever was.

The plot itself is pretty pedestrian, but that could have been forgiven if the jokes were flying fast and furiously. I will confess that I laughed out loud a few times, but it was almost in spite of what they were doing, not because of it. Its a real tribute to Steve Martin that with the odds stacked against him and with a horrible plot, costume and accent, he can still make people laugh.

The pieces are actually there to make this bearable. Put Martin in a regular outfit, lose the accent and have it take place in America (to fit his normal accent). I can buy into Martin being an unknowing dimwit, just lose all the crap surrounding him. Even throw John Cleese in there, who is still hilarious. Mark my words; one day, Steve Martin is going to make a movie so funny that we will all bow to his comedic genius. Unfortunately, that day is not today.
THE EXTRAS
Gag Reel (3:36): Seriously? You have Steve fing Martin in your film and this is the best gag reel you can put together? Whatever. This is boring, with only a few moments to make you snicker.

Drama is EasyComedy is Dangerous (7:43): This is a quick look at some of the films stunts and the complications involved with filming them. Its okay, but more of a fluff piece. It felt like it was part of a larger documentary.

A Dream Team Like No Other (13:56): It was actually a pretty impressive cast they got to make up the rest of the investigative team. This featurette looks at those actors and the different accents they had to do during the film. Again, more of a fluff piece.

There are some Previews and a Game

Finally, there are almost 3 hours worth of original Cartoons. I only watched a couple, but they were kind of cute. They were good for nostalgia, but not a way to spend a weekend.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Steve Martins day will come, but first he has to stop doing stuff like this. This is probably as bad as you think it is, so I would avoid it at all costs.
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