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Son of the Pink Panther
The third "Pink Panther" film made since the death of Peter Sellars, whose "Inspector Clouseau" became a movie icon, this entry takes place in Lugash, the fictional location of the first "Pink Panther" and follows the attempts of clumsy Inspector Jacques Clouseau/aka Jacques Gambrelli (played by Italian slapstick comedian Robert Benigni), the illegitimate son of the original Clouseau, as he tries to save the kidnapped Princess Yasmin from a conspiracy. The detective is assisted by his father's twitchy old boss and his faithful, high-kicking manservant Cato.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Benigni's] cheerful physicality and soul -- combined with Edwards's continuing feel for slapstick -- give the tired routines of Son of the Pink Panther whatever life they have."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"That there are any laughs at all is due almost entirely to Benigni. He's not remotely like Sellers, but he's a creative physical comedian."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"What's missing? Zest, creativity, density, paprika, astonishment, speed. Most of all: speed. Slapstick is like basketball -- if it doesn't happen fast, it doesn't happen."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Counting the animated TV show, this is the Panther's ninth life. Color him dead."
‑ , People Magazine
"Some kids might like so-so Pink Panther."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Edwards actually sets the stage at the end for a sequel. Is there anybody out there who would want to see it? More to the point, would Edwards want to make it?"
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"To be fair, Benigni does the best he can with the supremely unfunny material."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"Stay away at all costs. Do not be lulled by nostalgic memories of Inspector Clouseau's malapropisms; do not be fooled by slick print or TV ads; do not let your kids talk you into it."
‑ Todd Anthony, New Times
"The kidnapping plot is inane, the slapstick inept and the cast ineffectual. All in all, mind-bogglingly bad."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"never does it get any more amusing than someone falling down, falling out of a window, or falling off of a bed"
‑ Christopher Null,
"This movie will finally kill off the series."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Outside of the James Bond films, it's hard to think of a series as passé as Blake Edwards' Pink Panther comedies."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Each new installment has become like a visit with old friends who are often annoying and frequently boring, but are missed in some strange way when they're not around."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Each routine was done better -- and funnier -- long ago by Sellers. Gags about getting drunk, mispronouncing words, dressing up in disguises, executing pratfalls and other inane physical bits have become old and tired."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Delivers a surprising amount of laughs. A guilty pleasure much like Edwards' much-maligned Curse of (1983)."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
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