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The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

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Insp. Jacques Clouseau teams up with a squad of International detectives who are just as bumbling as he is. Their mission: Stop a globe-trotting thief who specializes in stealing historical artifacts.

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Harald Zwart

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Scott Neustadter (screenplay), Michael H. Weber (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Clouseau
Jean Reno ... Ponton
Emily Mortimer ... Nicole
Andy Garcia ... Vicenzo
Alfred Molina ... Pepperidge
Yuki Matsuzaki ... Kenji
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Sonia
John Cleese ... Dreyfus
Lily Tomlin ... Mrs. Berenger
Jeremy Irons ... Avellaneda
Johnny Hallyday ... Milliken
Geoffrey Palmer ... Joubert
Philip Goodwin Philip Goodwin ... Renard
Armel Bellec ... Louis
Jack Metzger Jack Metzger ... Antoine
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Storyline

After having been rewarded for solving the mystery of the Pink Panther Diamond, inspector Jacques Clouseau has been assigned to minor tasks by his boss inspector Dreyfus so as not to have him in his way anymore. Unfortunately, the famous diamond has once again been stolen as have many other artifacts in a series of burglaries around the world. His past success will enable inspector Clouseau to be part of the dream team comprised of the greatest detectives of the affected countries, where he will be able to display his numerous talents across the world. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Steve Martin revient dans le rôle de l'Inspecteur Clouseau (Steve Martin is back as Inspector Clouseau) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Italian

Release Date:

6 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Pink Panther Sequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Bedford, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,588,150, 8 February 2009

Gross USA:

$35,922,978

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,946,615
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the scenes have the group of detectives visit the Pope in the Vatican. Another major release of 2009 was Angels & Demons (2009), which also takes place in the Vatican. Jean Reno and Alfred Molina, who appear together in this movie, previously worked together in The Da Vinci Code (2006), to which Angels & Demons was the sequel. See more »

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When Clouseau jumps from the globe to the chandelier, the face of Steve Martin's stunt double is visible. See more »

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[first lines]
British Librarian: [inside the British Library] I now bring to your attention one of the most stunning treasures inside the British Library's entire collection: the Magna Carta.
[the tourists murmur at the stolen Magna Carta display, with The Tornado's calling card left at the scene]
Turin Guide: [inside the Turin Chapel] And now, over here, perhaps the most cherished ancient artifact in the Western world: the Shroud of Turin.
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The opening titles of the film double as an animated short featuring the famous animated counterparts of Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther. Similarly the film ends with the animated Pink Panther walking across the screen before the end titles start. Both of these appearances are consistent with the previous films in the franchise. See more »

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Harmless Fun
16 February 2009 | by canuckteachSee all my reviews

I'm not ready to get out the torches and pitchforks and lead a lynch mob after Mr Martin -- not yet anyway! Having read the early reviews here, I went to the cheapo theater with low expectations, and emerged pleasantly surprised. There were some genuine laughs from time-to-time, plus a great cast (shoulda got more out them). My daughter and grandchildren were delighted.

The overall plot is reasonably clever -- so, that leaves the gags. Some work - some don't work that well, as evidenced by the fact that many IMDb'ers want to talk about why some of the gags don't 'feel right', or seem to 'take too long'. (No really successful comedians ever had people talk about how their gags don't seem to be working -- people just talk about how much they laughed. When people start analyzing why your comedy isn't funny, it ain't workin'). But we had a few chuckles in this one, if not a bunch of sustained belly laughs.

Everyone says we should stop comparing Steve Martin to Peter Sellers, but, if you watched the original films, how can you stop comparing? Sellers created this character, just as Atkinson created Mr. Bean and Cleese created Basil Fawlty. And Steve Martin tries to do Sellers anyway (his 'little yellow friend' line?). He can't quite pull it off, and he hasn't really found a shtick that works. For one thing, his eyes are always popping, like he's trying to pass gas. Sellers' eyes were quiet. His Clouseau was genuinely 'clueless'. And, I've mentioned elsewhere at IMDb that Sellers was a major Radio comedy star before doing films - that puts him in a league with Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Bob Hope and Jack Benny. These guys built amazing gags that kept both live and radio audiences in stitches, using well-constructed devices such as bizarre characterizations, rapid exchanges, and nifty voices. Mr. Martin's roots in comedy are from a different - and later - era.

Overall, though, if you need an amusing and harmless diversion, go see this at the reduced-price theater. For $4, I'm in - $20 for a date and me, plus popcorn? where are those torches and pitchforks?

6/10 canuckteach


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