Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

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To prove that he still is strong and powerful, Philippe Douvier decides to kill Clouseau. Once news of his “death” has been announced, Clouseau tries to take advantage of it and goes undercover with Cato to find out who tried to kill him. (IMDb)

The initial “proving his power” premise is pretty pitiful, but its serious men-in-suits setting juxtaposes perfectly with the silliness that centers on Sellers’ obliviously fortuitous Clouseau, which includes outrageous action (see the multiple-ceiling-breaking fight in his apartment), wacky contrivances (see his “death” and later haunting of Dreyfus) and witty one-liners (“Oh my God.” “Mine too.”) that build up to a classic slapstick final act (see the elevator irony and crazy car chase).

7.3/10

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