This movie is hilarious. I'm a huge hugee fan of the Pink Panther series and I loved all the old ones, especially the ones with Peter Sellers. I never saw this one in the theatre, and from what I heard and what other reviewers were saying, I thought this was going to be a feeble attempt at the classic.. just a couple of cheesy lines and lame plot slapped together with Steve Martin in it. I bought the dvd anyway to complete my collection, and I was soo surprised at how much I enjoyed it! I mean it was really cheesy but it worked well with the movie and has you laughing really often. Clouseau played by Steve Martin was surprisingly likeable and didn't let me down. He was charming as Clousseau and I think his hard work really paid off in the movie. I won't say that he's as good as Peter Sellers, but he was still very likable in his own way. The "good cop bad cop" scene was my favourite. His cluelessness that the routine involves two different cops doing the interrogation was mad funny.
I know some of the plot seems silly but for me it adds a charming touch to the movie. I agree with everyone that it isn't like the classic ones with Peter Sellers and Blake Edwards, but this one needs to be rated on its own for its own humour instead of being compared with the old ones. If you're a Pink Panther fan too or just looking for a good laugh, you have to see this one! :)