Son of the Pink Panther (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.  

/USA, 1993.  , , .  Story by , Screenplay by Blake Edwards, , , based on characters created by , Blake Edwards.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .   Film Editing by .

Blake Edwards follows a string of box-office disappointments with a return to his most popular franchise, and sadly makes one of his weakest comedies (which, even more tragically, ended up being his last).  would seem the perfect fit to take over the character of the bumbling detective who manages to get it right while causing no end of mayhem, but he doesn’t have the recklessness that Peter Sellers was so good at conveying, and it doesn’t help that Edwards doesn’t give him nearly enough sequences of comedic chaos to apply what skills he does have.  Benigni plays a French police officer of Italian origin who accidentally gets involved in the kidnapping of a Middle Eastern princess (), whose abduction is part of a leadership struggle in her homeland.  Meeting her also results in the two of them falling in love, an adorable element to what is otherwise a wooden and forgettable film that clunks along gracelessly without having any of the style of the classics that preceded it.  returns, beautifully, as Benigni’s mother, and Herbert Lom is strangely underused as the perpetually exasperated officer Dreyfus; there are some gags that work extremely well, it would not be fair to say the film contains no laughs, but overall it misses the mark.

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