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Son of the Pink Panther

Son of the Pink Panther (1993)



Average Rating: 2.9/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 32

Roberto Benigni is an undeniably gifted physical comic, but the misguided Son of Pink Panther betrays his energetic efforts with a painfully unfunny script.


Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 10

Roberto Benigni is an undeniably gifted physical comic, but the misguided Son of Pink Panther betrays his energetic efforts with a painfully unfunny script.



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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



Jul 26, 2005

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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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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?

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This movie will finally kill off the series.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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To be fair, Benigni does the best he can with the supremely unfunny material.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Outside of the James Bond films, it's hard to think of a series as passÚ as Blake Edwards' Pink Panther comedies.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Counting the animated TV show, this is the Panther's ninth life. Color him dead.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

The kidnapping plot is inane, the slapstick inept and the cast ineffectual. All in all, mind-bogglingly bad.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

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.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Some kids might like so-so Pink Panther.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

never does it get any more amusing than someone falling down, falling out of a window, or falling off of a bed

January 31, 2006 Full Review Source:

Delivers a surprising amount of laughs. A guilty pleasure much like Edwards' much-maligned Curse of (1983).

October 21, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Benigni tries, but it simply isn't any fun without Peter Sellers.

May 17, 2005
Nitrate Online

oh my

April 16, 2005

Ill-fated attempt to re-ignite the Clouseau series ... with Roberto Benigni.

April 3, 2005

Benigni is a talented clown, but Edwards's direction is so clumsy and the script so unfunny that you're more likely to cringe or cry than laugh.

July 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Son of the Pink Panther

Com toda certeza o pior filme da s├ (C)rie A Pantera Cor de Rosa.
May 7, 2011
Lucas Martins

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I am surprised this one was made so recently. I liked the opening credits with the animated pink panther brought to life to direct an a cappella performance of his theme song. Unfortunately from there it is just an excuse to milk the franchise for a few more dollars, while the laughs have become very strained. It's also an excuse to bring back the older generation of Lom, Cardinale, and Kwouk. Benigni is explained ridiculously as the son of Jacques Clouseau. So he has a funny Italian accent instead of a funny French accent. He bumbles and stumbles and spouts off Shakespeare and other poets, you know the usual Benigni type humor. Davi is not too bad as a bad guy. And Farentino is quite pretty though often drugged into a stupor as the damsel in distress. The plot is not important in the least and that just makes it all the more sad.
January 22, 2010

Super Reviewer

Ten years after Peter Sellers died, Blake Edwards feels the need to make another sequel that is both tactless and unfunny.
July 23, 2008

Super Reviewer

Benigni is simply fantastic!
January 3, 2008
Leo L

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    1. Inspector Dreyfus: [to Maria] I knew a man named Jacques. When he died, ten years ago, I thought 'Thank God!' I never thought another one like him could exist... and then I met your son.
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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