Parents' Guide to

The Return of the Pink Panther

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Hilarious Clouseau better in sequel than original.

Movie PG 1975 115 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Outstanding, quirky, and hilarious!

This movie is for everyone! Like most pink panther movies Peter Sellers hits the high note for all of us! What a great family film that makes you laugh until you fall out of your seat! This is a must see!
age 11+

Cliche violent action flick, buoyed by Sellers's brilliant comedy

Cassady's review is dead-on: this does feel like 2 separate movies. Lord and Lady Lytton are quite despicable characters: selfish, snobbish, deceitful, and quite willing to endanger or harm others for their own amusement. However, Clouseau and Dreyfus have some of their most inspired bits: a highlight is Clouseau's attempted masquerade as a phone repairman. Younger children may be disturbed by Dreyfus's repeated shooting mishaps, and to see Captain von Trapp as a surprisingly violent con artist, (in shockingly ugly 70s outfits). And it might be worth mentioning that the cavalier treatment of mental illness would not pass muster today.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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At times it seems like we're watching two different movies; wild slapstick with Clouseau, more grown-up adventure/intrigue with Sir Charles. This was the first time in ten years that Peter Sellers had reprised his hit 1960s role as the klutzy French police detective Jacques Clouseau, but the title is more literal than that, as Clouseau is once again tangling with the nefarious thief Sir Charles Lytton, alias `The Phantom,' from the original PINK PANTHER.

But it's Sellers' mastery of characterization that makes Clouseau work. He's a bumbling oaf but conceitedly believes in himself as a cool crimefighter and master of disguise -- and good fortune seems to conspire to indeed make Clouseau look like a super-sleuth in the end, sending Dreyfus into a homicidal rage. Even though director Blake Edwards shows other characters (not Dreyfus, of course) laughing at Clouseau, a supposed violation of screen comedy's most sacred rule, it's still a riot.

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