Curse of the Pink Panther

  • Review Date: August 10, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1984
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

Common Sense Media says

One of the weaker entries in the series.
  • Review Date: August 10, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1984
  • Running Time: 109 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The unresolved Clouseau subplot leaves a troubling suggestion that maybe the great inspector finally went bad. Sleigh is a boyish type, honest and decent (too bad he's also so forgettable). A petite blonde who briefly becomes his love interest turns out to be a fearless martial-arts fighter.

Violence

Slapstick fighting between Sleigh and Cato, and a big martial-art streetfight. Various shots fired, one character killed at close range.

Sex

A pretty girl tries to entice Sleigh into lovemaking, and nearly succeeds. Early on Sleigh is disguised as a hooker for an undercover operation, and is propositioned by sleazy men and attacked by other prostitutes.

Language

A supporting character is named `Balls.'

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking, and Sleigh pretending his inflatable-dummy decoy is a drunken girl.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has occasional off-color humor, including the blundering hero's posterior stuck in an inner-tube pool-toy bird, the head of which juts out suggestively between his legs. On another occasion a pretty girl does her best to entice the same character into bed (he resists). There is a glimpse of a nude woman covered in mud at a health spa.

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What's the story?

Following up Trail of the Pink Panther, the public is clamoring for Paris police to find Inspector Clouseau, missing while investigating the theft of the Pink Panther diamond. It's decided to use a computer to pick a detective brilliant enough to do the job. The Clouseau-hating Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), to prevent any possibility of Clouseau's return, programs the machine to select the world's worst detective instead of the best. The choice is Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass), a well-meaning but incompetent New York City police detective, trying to live up to the standards of his cop family. Gangsters who also want Clouseau to stay missing try to assassinate Sleigh, but the American's incredible ineptitude foils them again and again. And, just like Clouseau, Sleigh manages to put Dreyfus in the hospital in a cast. Soon Dreyfus too is scheming to kill Sleigh, just as he previously wanted Clouseau dead.

Is it any good?

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After Peter Sellers died in 1980, director Blake Edwards tried to relaunch the hugely-popular "Pink Panther" comedy series, which had starred Sellers as the clumsy Inspector Clouseau. Edwards shot this transitional sequel CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER back-to-back with the hapless farewell to Sellers, Trail of the Pink Panther (completed using outtakes and clips of the late Peter Sellers from older Panther adventures). Wass, a likeable, lightweight type, seems to have been cast as a deliberate echo of the silent-screen era's masters of slapstick, Harold Lloyd, right down to the famous glasses. This isn't a bad idea...as long as you're making a Harold Lloyd style comedy, maybe about a tweedy suitor or an accident-prone college kid. As a New York cop, he's just not very convincing, and doesn't have the spark that Sellers brought to Clouseau, the falling-down stuff combined with a snooty ego of a bumbler who truly believed he really was the greatest crime fighter of all time.

Viewers are tipped off early that Clouseau has had plastic surgery and is in hiding (why he's done this is a whole different question, not really answered). When you see Clouseau with the bandages off, he's a certain movie superstar, whom we won't specify because the gag's too good. But even this eminent guest star, broadly mimicking the haughty arrogance and the disastrous pratfalls of Sellers, shows us the mojo that this pleasant, forgettable Clifton Sleigh just doesn't have.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how computers are depicted in this movie and how this and other movies got this new technology wrong. Which movie have you watched that had the most ridiculously bogus computer?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 10, 1984
DVD release date:August 10, 2000
Cast:David Niven, Robert Wagner, Roger Moore
Director:Blake Edwards
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Run time:109 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:adult situations

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A good Pink Panther movie!

It was a good Pink Panther movie. Not like the old ones. I think it was best for age twelve and up.

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