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The Pink Panther 2

Silly sequel elicits more eyerolling than laughs.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 92 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The blissfully (or perhaps wilfully?) ignorant Clouseau makes potentially offensive comments, like calling a co-worker "sexy" or kids "piglets." But he's also a man of great loyalty to his country and his assignment to safeguard the Pink Panther. Jokes are made at the Pope's expense.

Violence

Lots of slapstick violence; a restaurant burns down (twice); a dead man is shown (briefly); a character shoots a gun at a crowd.

Sex

Flirting, a couple of dates, allusions to sexually attractive women, and one kiss.

Language

Mild insults like "idiot," "stupid," "French idiot," and "disgusting." Also "oh my God."

Consumerism

Products/brands featured or mentioned include Radio Shack, Smart Car, Range Rover, eBay, Mercedes, and CNN.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults have wine at dinner -- there's a gag involving a storage case of wine bottles falling -- and cocktails at a party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to 2006's The Pink Panther is very similar to its predecessor. It's full of slapstick scenes involving pratfalls, wine bottles, cakes, fires, karate attacks, etc. There's one glimpse of a dead body, and a climactic scene features a gun-wielding criminal. Language is relatively mild -- mostly insults like "idiot" and "stupid" -- and sexual references are limited to a couple of on-going flirtations, allusions to relationships, and one celebratory kiss. Adults drink wine and cocktails.

What's the story?

After master thief "The Tornado" steals some of the world's greatest treasures -- including the Pink Panther diamond -- Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) is selected to join an international "dream team" of detectives to hunt down the renowned cat burglar. Joining him are investigators from Italy (Andy Garcia), England (Alfred Molina), and Japan (Yuki Matsuzaki), as well as an expert on the Tornado's past crimes (played by Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai). As they track down the Tornado, the other detectives grow tired of Clouseau's bumbling, embarrassing ways -- while the inspector and his faithful assistant Nicole (Emily Mortimer) try to not to act on their obvious mutual attraction.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

With such a crack ensemble -- Martin and co-stars John Cleese and Lily Tomlin are renowned comic actors -- audiences are bound to expect a worthy comedy, but they'll be disappointed. Despite the cast's considerable collective talent, they can't rise above the movie's ridiculous dialogue and hammy gags; frankly, it's a downright insult to the memory of comedy legend Peter Sellers and is clearly another example of Hollywood prolonging an undeserving franchise to cash in on the generally easy-to-please family demographic.

There are a few moments when the slapstick does elicit a laugh or two, but in the end, THE PINK PANTHER 2 is one of those sequels that should never have been greenlit. The atrocious accents aren't funny at all, and the Pope jokes sound like they were written by a third grader. In these tight economic times, it would be much better to stay home and rent the original series than encourage Hollywood to keep making more Pink Panther flicks.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between animated violence and cartoonish, live-action violence that features real people in potentially dangerous situations. How do you know when something "violent" is meant to be funny and not scary or real? Families can also discuss why Inspector Clouseau is considered the best detective in the world, even though he acts like such a dimwit. How does he compare to the other detectives? Is his awful French accent funny? For those familiar with the original Pink Panther movies, how do the new ones compare?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 6, 2009
DVD/Streaming release date:June 23, 2009
Cast:Emily Mortimer, Jean Reno, Steve Martin
Director:Harald Zwart
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Adventures
Run time:92 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byjslatte July 4, 2009
Like most movies made for kids today, (unfortunately) sexual inuendos are present in this film, but the way they are presented are particularly vulgur and I found myself feeling very embarrassed for our eleven year old daughter. The way "exposed cleavage" was discussed, in my mind, was worse than actually showing the cleavage. This would have been a much better movie if the one scene with the detailed portrayal of sexual desire would have been omitted. It did not add to the scene and was really quite offensive.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Adult Written byMommyMovieGoer July 20, 2009

Better for older kids, not for tweens

The sexual content was way-over-the-top and uncomfortable for me to view with my 11 year old son. Describing "white mounds" and the facial and body expressions of Steve Martin as he responds to the physical description of a "pretty" co-worker were just too much.
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Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old July 22, 2010
I wasn't really impressed with it but oh well.