The Return of the Pink Panther

  • Review Date: June 6, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1975

Common Sense Media says

Hilarious Clouseau better in sequel than original.
  • Review Date: June 6, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1975

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mixed, since Inspector Clouseau, while wholly on the side of righteousness and justice, is an arrogant clown, while the bright and good-looking Sir Charles is a professional thief (and his pretty wife is no better).

Violence

Some slapstick fights. Chief Inspector Dreyfus tries to shoot/strangle Clouseau (harming himself and others instead). Some mildly 007-type action as Sir Charles tangles with armed thugs. Running joke about him bullying one of their flunkies by breaking the man's fingers.

Sex

None, unless you count Clouseau, attempting to trap Sir Charles, dressing up as a lounge lizard (with half his mustache missing) and trying to seduce the jewel thief's wife.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Clouseau addresses his Asian manservant Cato in racially-condescending terms ("my little yellow friend"), and that the movie's ostensible "good guy" (apart from Clouseau) is a charming career thief who's not above intimidating a weasel supporting character via torture. There is gunplay for comic effect.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Despite high-tech security, the fabulous Pink Panther diamond is stolen by a masked cat burglar from a gallery in the mythical Mideast country of Lugash. France's Inspector Jacques Clouseau is summoned to recover the gem. This is a career boost for the disaster-prone Clouseau, demoted to patrolling the streets of Paris by Chief Inspector Dreyfus, who ultimately fires him for his perpetual incompetence. Reinstated, Clouseau sets out after his old nemesis Sir Charles, and is tricked by the aristocrat's fun-loving wife Claudine to follow her to a Swiss ski resort. Meanwhile, Sir Charles claims he's retired from larceny and doesn't know where the Pink Panther is. He tries to prove his innocence by catching the real thief.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This was the first time in ten years that Peter Sellers had reprised his hit 1960s role as the klutzy French police detective Jacques Clouseau, but the title is more literal than that, as Clouseau is once again tangling with the nefarious thief Sir Charles Lytton, alias `The Phantom,' from the original PINK PANTHER. At times it seems like we're watching two different movies; wild slapstick with Clouseau, more grownup adventure/intrigue with Sir Charles.

But it's Sellers' mastery of characterization that makes Clouseau work. He's a bumbling oaf but conceitedly believes in himself as a cool crimefighter and master of disguise -- and good fortune seems to conspire to indeed make Clouseau look like a super-sleuth in the end, sending Dreyfus into a homicidal rage. Even though director Blake Edwards shows other characters (not Dreyfus, of course) laughing at Clouseau, a supposed violation of screen comedy's most sacred rule, it's still a riot.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the poor way Chief Inspector Dreyfus handles his anger at Clouseau. Does anybody drive you crazy? What's a better way of containing negative feelings to someone you're stuck with at school or at home?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:June 6, 1975
DVD release date:March 20, 2001
Cast:Christopher Plummer, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers
Director:Blake Edwards
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Adventures
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:adult situations

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Adult Written byHaloFreak123 April 9, 2008
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Kid, 10 years old Written bytimmycuddlebear... June 7, 2010
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i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was so funny ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old Written bymoviebash April 9, 2008
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I laughed!

Hilarious!

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