This film is hilarious in spots, with Steve Martin’s bumbling Inspector Clouseau revealing how inept he can be at one moment, and yet brilliant in other moments. The audience I viewed the film with roared at times as the inspector made note of such things as a murder victim “falling perfectly between the chalk lines,” and mentioning how great the breeze felt following a character’s plunge through a hospital window on a movable bed. This film is recommended for ages twelve and up as the sexual innuendo is evident from time to time. I gave it three Doves and would have given it four had this element been a bit more toned down. Yet, it is funny and it’s refreshing that it does not inundate the viewer with profanity.
Editor’s Note: According to a recent article published in the Los Angeles Times, Sony movie chief Amy Pascal ordered numerous cuts in the film, including references to oral sex and erectile dysfunction. She also approved an additional $5 million to re-shoot certain scenes and re-edit others.
Congratulations Sony and Amy for taking the extra time and effort to make this a family film that Dove can approve.