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The Pink Panther

Year: 2006
Studio: MGM
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Steve Martin/Blake Edwards
Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Kevin Kline, Beyoncé Knowles, Emily Mortimer
One should never expect too much from a PG Steve Martin movie about the famous Inspector. This is the Steve Martin of Cheaper By the Dozen and Bringing Down the House, not the Steve Martin of Shopgirl or even LA Story.

But if you lower your expectations and prepare to emit a few mirthful chuckles you'll enjoy yourself enough to justify your time as long as you don't concentrate on the embarrassed looking Jean Reno and Kevin Kline or the wooden Beyoncé Knowles.

Clouseau (Martin, nothing like Peter Sellers) is promoted to the Parisienne Gendarme from a hick country town to investigate the murder of a famous soccer coach and subsequent theft of his signature diamond ring, the Pink Panther.

But police chief Dreyfus (Kline) has really bought Clouseau in because he knows what an incompetent twit he is, intending to use him as a smokescreen for the press while Dreyfus himself solves the mystery with his task force behind the scenes.

Uninspired and mostly unfunny, but worth it if you're a Martin completist.

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