The Pink Panther (2006)

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Slapstick update to a comedy classic falls flat.
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Blissful and seemingly willful ignorance wins the day.

Violence

Shooting (off screen) and needle puncture cause deaths; frequent slapstick stunts, including blows to heads and crotches, leaving an assortment of bruises, cuts, and other injuries; electrodes attached to crotch leads to grimacing and smoking pants fly.

Sex

Brief kisses, some women's outfits are tight-fitting and show cleavage; the camera focuses on Beyoncé's hips as she walks away; Clouseau has his head in secretary's crotch as he helps her off a table. Viagra reference.

Language

Clouseau mispronounces "bowls" to sound like "balls" when asking a man if he can "hold" them.

Consumerism

Visual references to Holiday Inn, TGI Fridays, McDonald's.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking in a casino (including an exotic, flaming drink).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film pushes the limits of PG. It includes several sexual situations and allusions, including a reference to Viagra. There is some crude language and potty humor. The movie features frequent slapstick violence: various objects (balls, lamps, a badge, cars) slam into torsos, crotches, and faces, causing bruises (at least); a couple of explosions and two murders occur (one a needle to the neck, another by gunfire, off-screen); a secret agent spoof involves the violent defeat of several black-masked figures in a casino, etc. Clouseau mispronounces English words ("bowls" become "balls"). Characters drink liquor, in particular, a flaming drink.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written byDr. Weird September 12, 2010
Written byAnonymous June 9, 2015
Kid, 11 years old November 24, 2010

A great movie for all comedy lovers!

A funny movie for both tweens and adults. Teens will enjoy it too.There is a lot of action and comic violence. A person gets murdered. There some drinking and c... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymanay_4511 September 12, 2010

Pretty funny!

A wonderful remake of a comedy classic, The Pink Panther is one of the funniest family films of recent times.

What's the story?

When a celebrated soccer coach (Jason Statham) is killed, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline) assigns the sensational murder investigation to bungling Clouseau (Steve Martin), in hopes that he will fail and leave the way open for the Chief Inspector to complete the investigation and thus win a French Medal of Honor. As usual, Clouseau finds odd ways to baffle both the villains and the devious Dreyfus. Clouseau's manic clumsiness and misplaced confidence take their primary tolls on an assortment of supporting characters, especially Dreyfus (much abused), Clouseau's loyal and adorable secretary Nicole (Emily Mortimer), and his driver Ponton (Jean Reno). Clouseau becomes fixated on the dead coach's girlfriend, an "international pop star" named Xania. (Beyoncé). His infatuation involves ogling her body and following her to New York City, where his silly accent puzzles most everyone he meets, including a security guard at the airport, who mistakes him for a terrorist (craziness erupts).

Is it any good?

This remake of THE PINK PANTHER is aptly colorful, though mostly lackluster. While Inspector Clouseau's faux French accent is occasionally funny in a way that recalls Peter Sellers' original incarnation, the character more often seems derived from Chaplin, with his puffy-squinchy face and pencily mustache. He also seems tired -- kind of like this mediocre movie with an uninspired script.

For all its focus on Clouseau's goofy mannerisms (he's annoying and snobbish but also ridiculous, a vehicle to make fun of "zee Fwench"), the film just bumps along, a series of physical comedy bits and clobberings punctuated by Martin's language mangling. Clive Owen makes a brief appearance in order to send up his lost shot at the James Bond franchise (here he plays 006, whom Clouseau calls "one short of zee beeg time"). And Jean Reno, bless him, gets the prize for infinite patience, as he sustains a certain serenity amid the frenzy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Inspector Clouseau's comic ability to solve cases even though he seems dumb: How does the film make fun of "straight" detective movies with this character? Why does Clouseau inspire such jealousy and rage in his superior officer? They can also talk about slapstick humor and when it is funny or appropriate.

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