Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 6

2/14/2006

Films Reviewed: Curious George and The Pink Panther (2006)

Commentary: Love Stinks!

Featurette: A Jack Johnson music video from Curious George

Regarding Curious George:

Matt: This is a childrenís movie.Itís colorful, itís pleasant and itís harmless.However, everyone over the age of six will be bored out of their skulls watching this.If you are a parent, this will entertain your tykes for 80 or so minutes.But I recommend you just listen to the soundtrack.A generous two and a half stars.

Aron: Yes, itís a film for children.And yes, the colors are vibrant.But the movie does have more than a few pleasures, especially in the voice work.It was great to hear Dick Van Dyke as the museum curator and Frank Welker makes a very convincing George.Itís better than two and a half stars; Iím giving it three and a half stars.

Average Rating: *** (out of ****)

Regarding The Pink Panther (2006):

Aron: Steve Martin is given the unenviable task of replacing Peter Sellers as Inspector Jacques Clouseau, and he almost delivers the goods.However, to be honest, he is no Peter Sellers.The film does have quite a few laughs and some nice comedic set ups, but you wonít forget Blake Edwards.Two and a half stars.

Matt: Not only is Steve Martin not Peter Sellers, Kevin Kline is no Herbert Lom.Nor is Jean Reno a Burt Kwok.However, the animated titles featuring Henry Manciniís music is still great.Not enough to waste the rest of the film, though.One and a half stars.

Average Rating: ** (out of ****)

Commentary: Since this episode aired on Valentineís Day (or National Singles Awareness Day), Aron and Matt took a few minutes to look at those films where love, sadly, doesnít conquer all.Favorites include Fatal Attraction and the various versions of Romeo and Juliet.

Featurette: A Jack Johnson music video from Curious George.Lots of pretty colors and a mellow guitar.