The Pink Panther 2

Rated 1.0

It’s maddening to watch somebody as gifted and funny as Steve Martin stumbling about in trash like this film. It’s hard to believe that a man like Martin, with his pedigree, can’t find better material than this. While he’s always been prone to commercial garbage (the Cheaper by the Dozen and Father of the Bride movies), he used to show quite the sense of adventurism in some of his film choices (Pennies from Heaven, Bowfinger, The Spanish Prisoner). I’m not one of the folks saying The Pink Panther series had to die with Peter Sellers. I actually think Martin could’ve made for a decent Clouseau, and I kind of liked him in his first effort, even though the film surrounding him was crap. For the sequel, I grew tired of his shtick before the opening credits rolled.