The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther
Studio: MGM
Rated: PG
Website: http://www.pinkpantherthe
Release Date: 2006-02-10
Cast: Kevin Kline, Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer, Beyoncé Knowles
Director: Shawn Levy
Screenwriter: Len Blum, Steve Martin, Michael Saltzman
Music Score: Christophe Beck
WorkNameSort: Pink Panther, The
Our Rating: 1.50

Steve Martin's dreaded riff on Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau comes off like a Saturday Night Live skit from the late 1970s, when audiences showed up nicely toasted and a guest host could coast on the same wild and crazy schtick week after week. Playing at being a bumbling French detective – but not for a second convincing us that he is one – Martin mugs his way through a rote slapstick caper about a murdered soccer coach and that titular missing gem. The gags that bear Martin's stamp as a writer stick out like conceptual-comedy stink bombs, although the unimaginatively choreographed (and probably outmoded, anyway) physical tomfoolery isn't much better. The one interesting feature is Clive Owen's brief appearance as a Bondian superspy, a vignette that hints at what kind of movies we might instead be enjoying had anyone seen fit to hand that guy the one role he was born to play. (PG)