This occasionally amusing but wrongheaded remake of the Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards comedy classic stars Steve Martin as the famously inept French detective Inspector Clouseau. While Martin retains from his great model a sheer ignorance of the mayhem he's inflicting on the world, the nouveau Clouseau misfires badly when it comes to sustaining the blind vanity that's been the source of our delight since 1963. The current moviemakers (including director Shawn Levy) not only ask us to pity the fallen Clouseau; they also give him a glimpse into his own folly and a touch of competence. That's fatal. Martin collaborated on the screenplay. With Kevin Kline as the inspector's pompous boss, Dreyfus, French star Jean Reno as his sidekick, and diva Beyonce Knowles as the required flash of beauty. As with the Eiffel Tower, there is only one Clouseau.
Director: Shawn Levy
Writer: Michael Saltzman, Len Blum, Glen Bloomberg and Steve Martin
Producer: Ivan Reitman, Dan Goldberg and Robert Simonds
Cast: Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Beyonce Knowles, Kevin Kline, William Abadie, Henry Czerny, Stephen Rowe, Roger Rees, Kristin Chenoweth and Emily Mortimer