Want personalized picks that fit your family?

Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids.

Get age-based picks

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
The Pink Panther Strikes Again Movie Poster Image
The zaniest of the Panther movies.
  • PG
  • 1976
  • 103 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A collection of assassins kill each other, non-explicitly, by accident with silencer bullets, poisoned darts, or their own knives; one character vaporized via death ray.


Clouseau visits a gay nightclub and is the subject of a drag queen's ardor. Later a beautiful (all female) secret agent wearing nothing but a fur coat entices him repeatedly into bed, mistakenly believing he's another man with whom she's made love.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking at a raucous Oktoberfest.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clouseau is a real ladies' man -- and a man's man -- in this crazy comedy. The detective is propositioned by a drag performer and a transvestite in a gay night club. Early on a witness thinks Clouseau's performing a homosexual act when he's trying to give Dreyfus artificial respiration. Later a seductive spy has (non-explicit) sex with a man she falsely believes is Clouseau. Infatuated, she tries to get the crime-fighter into bed with her for the rest of the movie.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written byJackandeoin January 26, 2019

Brilliant! But some violence!

Mild gun shooting and poisoned darts. I love this movie so much! The comedy and violence made me laugh! I'd rate it 10+ for some violence and expclicate de... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 22, 2009

the pink panther strikes again review by critic07

It was a hillarious film that made me laugh out loud. I think you will like it, if you like great movies!
Kid, 10 years old August 19, 2013



What's the story?

In the previous film in the series (Return of the Pink Panther) Inspector Clouseau's former boss, Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom), went insane because of his homicidal hatred of Clouseau. In this installment, he's about to be released from the asylum when a calamitous visit from Clouseau drives him to madness again. Dreyfus escapes, rounds up a criminal gang, gets millions from a bank robbery, buys a castle, transforms into a supervillain, and threatens to vaporize major cities with a death ray unless the nations of the world capture/kill Clouseau. Meanwhile the inspector is investigating the kidnapping of a scientist. After a hapless fracas in a gay bar, Clouseau heads to the Oktoberfest celebrations in Germany, where the world's best government assassins are out to kill him but wind up knocking each other off instead due to the hero's superhuman ineptitude. Clouseau will not be deterred from finding Dreyfus' lair.

Is it any good?

This is paws-down the zaniest of the Peter Sellers Pink Panther movies, the closest they came to resembling the spinoff cartoons in their frantic gags. It's sheer comedic anarchy that goes gleefully over the top. Lom is a riot, and a perfect match for Peter Sellers here.

There is plenty here for kids and adults to laugh at, and the intrigue-filled plot resembles the later Austin Powers movies -- but with more old-school slapstick than Austin's raunchy, oft-distasteful bathroom humor. A lot of kids are awkward and fumbling and -- while they might not want to admit it -- might feel a lot like Clouseau sometimes, and you can talk with them about how they feel when nothing seems to be going right.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they feel when nothing seems to be going right, as is often the case for Clouseau.

Movie details

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate