The Pink Panther

The Pink Panther

Shawn Levy (2006)

PG Certificate


Our Score
You've got to admire Steve Martin's courage. Having already tried to fill Phil Silvers's boots in Sgt Bilko, he now tackles the equally iconic Inspector Clouseau, a character immortalised by Peter Sellers. Martin does his best and certainly works hard, but this slapstick quasi-French farce just isn't that funny. The plot sees Clouseau tracking down a fabulous diamond ring and leaving a trail of destruction in his wake as his investigations lead from Paris to New York. Among the supporting cast, Kevin Kline should have been a riot as Clouseau's long-suffering superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfus, but his subtle comic skills are wasted on a poor script that trades on over-obvious humour. The same goes for Jean Reno, who plays Clouseau's sidekick and the film's Cato-style, "attack me" character. Fans of the 1963 original film would do well to avoid it, but younger viewers may well find this vague retread mildly amusing.


Bumbling French policeman Inspector Clouseau is charged with solving the murder of a football coach and recovering a priceless diamond. As he follows the evidence from Paris to New York, the accident-prone detective leaves a trail of destruction in his path. Comedy remake, starring Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno and Beyonce Knowles.

Cast & Crew

Inspector Jacques Clouseau Steve Martin
Chief Inspector Dreyfus Kevin Kline
Gendarme Gilbert Ponton Jean Reno
Nicole Emily Mortimer
Yuri Henry Czerny
Cherie Kristin Chenoweth
Larocque Roger Rees
Xania Beyoncé Knowles
Director Shawn Levy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Violence and swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Mar 2006