Inspector Gadget 2 is a 2003 American live-action comedy film and direct-to-video sequel to the 1999 film Inspector Gadget, based on the 1983 cartoon series of the same name.
Unlike the first film, Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw are never referred to as John Brown and Sanford Scolex - their respective civilian names from the first film, though Claw's communicator clearly is labeled "Scolex Industries", indicating that his name is still Sanford Scolex.
One year after the events of the first film, Inspector Gadget and his Gadgetmobile are having problems in their line of work, mostly because of Gadget's overzealous nature. At this time, Dr. Claw escapes from prison. Mayor Wilson takes this opportunity to create G2, a female Gadget-type robot that can function normally. Gadget begins to fall in love with G2.
Claw begins a new plan to steal gold from the United States Treasury. Gadget makes repeated attempts to stop Claw, but is continually foiled by his own bumbling and gadgetry glitches. Gadget's bumbling allows Dr. Claw's men to steal components for Claw's latest scheme and get away with it. Chief Quimby becomes increasingly frustrated and eventually fires Gadget. When Penny realizes that her uncle was fired and asks if there's anything she can do to help, Gadget tells her that she is still too young.
Penny decides to examine the evidence on her own and eventually finds Claw's hideout at an abandoned bowling factory. She infiltrates the hideout, but Claw captures her. At the gala, Gadget gets a job as a limo driver who opens doors for the guests. Inside the gala, Claw activates the laughing gas to keep the people busy as he steals a 50,000-karat ruby, however G2 was immune to the gas. In order to stop the robot, Claw uses a magnet to trap G2. Afterwards, Claw and his minions escape after Gadget fails to recognize him. After G2's failure, Quimby is ordered by Mayor Wilson to deactivate the robot and end the Gadget program.
Gadget goes to the police department to reactivate G2. Brain tells them that Claw has kidnapped Penny and has used the three stolen supplies (ionic fuel cells, a protoid laser, and a ruby) to build a super-weapon. Outside, Claw activates his machine, which was hidden in a truck. The weapon freezes time in Riverton, allowing Claw and his minions to easily rob the Federal Reserve. Both Gadgets manage to avoid the weapon's blast and find Claw and his minions at the Federal Reserve.
At the treasury, Claw orders his minions to attack Gadget and G2 so he can get away. Gadget and G2 decide to switch chips in order to make Gadget work perfectly, leaving G2 to deal with the glitches. Gadget chases after Claw, who is escaping in an ice cream truck, but Claw drops Penny off the truck with explosives attached to her so that Gadget has to go after her instead of stopping Claw. At the bridge, Gadget stops Claw's truck with a puddle of bubble gum. Claw's minions try to escape but get stuck in the smear of bubble gum and are arrested. When Gadget orders Claw to put his hand (and claw) up, Claw gets away in a rocket-like escape pod, proclaiming: "You may have won this round, but I'll get you next time, Gadget!"
The movie ends with both Gadgets being awarded their jobs back, as well as being honored at a ceremony for their heroic actions, by Mayor Wilson.
- Even though it is hard to see Doctor Claw's face in this one, you can see parts of his face at some moments.
- Awful acting.
- Repetitive soundtrack, including a very poor rendition of the Inspector Gadget theme.
- Terrible CGI. It looks blatantly and obviously fake throughout the entire film.
- Most of the story is weak, with very little connection to the first film.
- Chief Quimby is an unlikable jerk unlike how he was in the first film where he was more like his cartoon counterpart who was gruff but well meaning.
- The slapstick tries to come off like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Mask, but fails in doing so.
- Slightly better grasp on the source material (such as Dr. Claw's face being hidden the whole time, Penny is a blonde and an active character, and Inspector Gadget is wacky, odd and goofy).
- Disney chose better and more suitable actors and actresses for this film than the ones in the previous film.
- French Stewart does pull off the emotional scenes well.
- D.L. Hughley reprises his role as the voice of the Gadgetmobile.
- There are some scenes that are amusing.
- The scene where Gadget and G2 swap chips creates a continuity error with the first film, where Claw killed Gadget by destroying his chip, only for Brenda to revive Gadget with the power of love. Shouldn't they both have been killed by swapping chips?
- Elaine Hendrix (G2) performed her own stunts, especially during the fight scene against Claw's minions.