A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Douvier's mistress Simone joins forces with Clouseau only because Douvier dumped her, rather than any conscience about being a gangster's girlfriend. When he learns the kind of money he could make running a house of prostitution, Clouseau has to think it over for a moment -- but he remains, as always, on the side of justice, however clumsily.
Violence & Scariness
A car is riddled with bullets and its occupant killed (out of sight). Slapstick fighting a la Clouseau vs. Cato, and some martial-arts performed with a bit more gravitas. Oh yes, the animated Pink Panther cartoon in the opening credits is of the Tom-and-Jerry variety, with the cartoon Clouseau shot, dynamited, smashed etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married gangster and his mistress shown in bed together (in pajamas - you think they're husband and wife for most of the movie). A female impersonator behaves affectionately toward Clouseau, resulting in the detective himself being mistaken for some sort of pervert. This theme continues when Clouseau finds his old apartment converted into a kinky brothel, and he's thrown to a whip-wielding dominatrix in a sexy tight outfit.
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A character is named `Balls.'
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and references to the heroin business.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's a streak of off-color humor running through the movie, with Inspector Clouseau tangled up with transvestites and even a whip-wielding dominatrix in a brothel. Clouseau is, as usual, racially insensitive towards his "little yellow" valet Cato Fong -- but in this one Cato kind of gets his revenge. Drug-smuggling is a key part of the plot, but no details about use and addiction are volunteered. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are some howlingly funny moments in REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER, but also some draggy stretches, and it starts to repeat some gags from the previous movies. Still, there's enough big laughs here to keep Peter Sellers fans watching. And for those of you keeping score, is the one with Cato's funniest parts.
Some scenes just drag on repetitiously, as Clouseau finds an ally in Douvier's cast-off mistress (Dyan Cannon). Even a climactic chase through the streets of Hong Kong and an explosion in a fireworks warehouse seems to be borrowed from the first Pink Panther. When Clouseau impersonates a New York-style fat mob boss in The Godfather, you can kind of feel like the filmmakers are getting short on new ideas for the classic character and are falling back on an old standby -- making fun of other hit movies instead. But there are some great gags here, in fits, probably more so than other comedies offer in their entirety.
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