Son of the Pink Panther
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Son of the Pink Panther
After the death of Peter Sellers in 1980, writer/director Blake Edwards assembled a new "Pink Panther" film from outtakes of Sellers as Inspector Clouseau from previous movies in the series (the result was called The Trail of the Pink Panther) and later made two attempts to revive the series with another actor. In this case, Edwards cast Roberto Benigni as Jacques Gambrelli, a hopelessly inept French policeman who turns out the be the illegitimate son of Inspector Clouseau. Gambrelli becomes involved with the investigation of a kidnapping involving the beautiful Princess Yasmin… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 6%

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"[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 passÚ 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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