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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The "good guys" are gentleman thieves, adulterers and loveable con-artists, breeds that never seem much in evidence outside of Hollywood fantasies.
Violence & Scariness
Mild pratfalls, Clouseau clumsily firing a gun (and, later, fireworks), in all directions. A comical car chase ends in a pileup.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infidelity and bedroom talk, mostly coy with any action offscreen. Sir Charles is accused of closet homosexuality, in very euphemistic terms that might easily go over kids' heads.
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Use of "hell" here and there.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and "cute" drunkenness.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has comic slapstick violence and some sexually suggestive material, but kids will split their sides with laughter. A lot will go over their heads, but there's enough action and pratfalls to keep them interested. You may want to point out that in real life con artists and thieves are not so funny. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While grownups and older kids might enjoy the verbose farce and the charisma of the stars, younger kids may get more entertainment value out of any given Pink Panther cartoon. Viewers who seek out this first-ever Pink Panther on video might be disappointed to find Peter Sellers isn't the star of this caper flick. He's funny, but the traits of epic-scale slapstick lunacy that made Clouseau famous were to evolve later, in spinoff/sequels. The costume ball is the only part of the picture that really comes to life with the slapstick that Sellers fans came to expect. Most of The Pink Panther is stagier, drawing-room comedy, heavy on pillow-talk dialogue and lovers ducking in and out of adjacent hotel rooms.
While the sex-oriented banter is old-school Hollywood -- very coy and civilized and likely to go over kids' heads -- even young viewers might notice that Clouseau is played with more realism and less clowning. He is actually a rather sad character. He fails to notice his Simone's indifference to him, and she puts off his passionate advances with complaints that she can't "relax" (in fact, she's seeing Sir Charles at every opportunity).
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