The Pink Panther

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Funny and entertaining after all these years.
  • NR
  • 1964
  • 113 minutes

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The "good guys" are gentleman thieves, adulterers and loveable con-artists, breeds that never seem much in evidence outside of Hollywood fantasies.

Violence

Mild pratfalls, Clouseau clumsily firing a gun (and, later, fireworks), in all directions. A comical car chase ends in a pileup.

Sex

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.

Language

Use of "hell" here and there.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking and "cute" drunkenness.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bydebthomzas July 15, 2013

The first Pink Panther movie is not what you remember!

My husband and I remembered the hilarious fun of Pink Panther movies, so we thought we'd watch it as a family since our son is learning to play the theme s... Continue reading
Adult Written bymommybecca November 16, 2011

Not a good message for morality...behavior before marriage & fidelity after.

There was way too much casual acceptance of infidelity (Clouseau's wife of 10 years was cheating on him-probably the whole time- with Sir Charles; who did... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 September 12, 2010
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

In THE PINK PANTHER, Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), a globetrotting bachelor who is in secret a super-thief called the Phantom, has been making fools of police around the world for 15 years. No fool is bigger than Inspector Clouseau, whose been pursuing the Phantom all that time, always one step behind. That's because Clouseau's adored wife Simone (Capucine) is Lytton's secret accomplice -- and mistress. Clouseau correctly reasons the Phantom's next target will be the Pink Panther diamond worn by Indian princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale), who is due to visit a ski resort in the Alps. Clouseau travels there to catch the thief, and brings Simone with him. Sir Charles shows up and begins using his considerable charm on Princess Dala. Bumbling Clouseau misses all the signs his treacherous wife has no interest in him, but he does gradually suspect Sir Charles. To complicate matters, Sir Charles' nephew (Robert Wagner) and turns out to be a con artist who also plans to steal the Pink Panther, during a costume ball.

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).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this first film compares to the zanier, more slapstick, subsequent Pink Panther movies.

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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