Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Son of the Pink Panther (1993)

Director: Blake Edwards

Writers: Blake Edwards, Madeline Sunshine, Steven Sunshine

Composer: Henry Mancini

Starring: Roberto Benigni, Herbert Lom, Claudia Cardinale, Shabana Azmi, Debrah Farentino, Jennifer Edwards, Robert Davi, Mark Schneider, Mike Starr,  Kenny Spalding, Anton Rodgers, Burt Kwouk, Graham Stark, Liz Smith, Nicoletta Braschi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Funny has a color all its own.

Plot:  Charles Dreyfus encounters Jacques Gambrelli, who reminds him painfully of Inspector Clouseau, the man who drove him insane. With good reason: Gambrelli is Clouseau's son.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

The Pink Panther movies are all over the place from bad to great.  This one was new to me.  One of the reasons I ever wanted to see it was because of Benigni.  I love that guy.  If anyone can pull off being the goofy son of Peter Sellers/Clouseau, it's him.  Even better was finding out he had a twin sister at the end played by Benigni's wife, Nicoletta Braschi.  She's hilarious, too.  Getting the gang back together with Lom, Cardinale, Kwouk, Stark and Smith (did I miss anybody?) sure helped a lot.  And there were moments where I could tell I was watching a Blake Edwards picture.  Benigni is a master with physical comedy so seeing him in action is always fun.  The gags might not be all that good but he does his best.  The story is OK until the end when it becomes a big action film which feels out of place for a PP flick.  There's not much in the way of funny but it's offset by the nostalgia of seeing these actors reprise their roles from the franchise.  Every PP flick since Sellers died was a total cash grab and probably shouldn't have happened.  The MGM DVD presents the film in anamorphic widescreen and the only extra is the theatrical trailer (also A-Wide).  On a strange note, I watched two movies today and they both had character actor Mike Starr in them.

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