You don't have to be aware of the 1963 Peter Seller's original or the sequel, A Shot In The Dark to find Steve Martin's performance as the bumblingly
inept, language-mangling Inspector Clouseau one note and painfully unfunny, though obviously if you are then the agony will be compounded a thousandfold.
Shakespeare has fun with a Cade bumblingly
incorrigible in his regal prerogatives: "What canst thou answer to my Majesty?
Even Hugh Grant, at his most bumblingly
English, would be more convincing as trailer trash than anything she can manage in this stinker.
Perhaps the sliest twist is the arrival of Stephen Fry as the police detective sent out to investigate the murder, who, going totally against the grain of this cinematic genre, turns out to be bumblingly
Hugh Grant is as bumblingly
likeable as ever as the bookshop owner.
Convinced by an FBI agent to use it for good, Ralph bumblingly
The performances are uniformly great, the ever bumblingly
charming Grant only just managing to keep Nighy from stealing the film, and while the sentiment may be pure greeting card, it's the stuff to have even hardened men snuffling like big girls at a chick flick date movie.
The movie bumblingly
connects these events to the discovery and suppression of a new biblical text, written in Aramaic, possibly in Jesus' own words.