Trail of the Pink Panther

Movie review by
Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Weak link in brilliant series has gratuitious nude scene.
  • PG
  • 1982
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence

Slapstick between Clouseau and Cato, and between Cato and Marie (he thinks she's a burglar, but it's still a little disturbing to see Cato attack an innocent woman rather than Inspector Clouseau!). Another character, a sour old lady, tries to axe an annoying dog. A flashback to Clouseau's WWII years shows him exploding a bridge. In the present, his meddling also somehow blows up a car.

Sex

Clouseau's vineyard-owner father tries to grope two naked (breasts visible), giggly young women stomping grapes.

Language

"S--t"a few times, plus its French equivalent. A friend of Clouseau's is named "Balls."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking, and the possibility that Clouseau's father is a habitual lush.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has a salacious scene of nude young women (why nude? your guess is as good as ours) stomping grapes at a vineyard. Also scattered profanity (in French and English), previously unknown in this series. A scene of attempted suicide (by a young Clouseau) is played for laughs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 3, and 5 year old Written byJulieS July 27, 2010

Nudity

Fine movie, but was appaled by the topless women in the vineyard. Not just a quick peek, but some time spent on them romping about topless.
Kid, 11 years old September 25, 2010

its only boobs.

Its only boobs in that vineyard scene. its not bad at all.
Kid, 12 years old April 18, 2011

nothing bad

just 1 boob scene rest is g rated

What's the story?

After Peter Sellers died in 1980, director Blake Edwards announced he had enough outtakes and unused Sellers material to concoct new Pink Panther comedy starring the comic genius. Once again the sacred Pink Panther diamond is stolen. The mythical Mideast country of Lugash sends a demand to Paris for Clouseau to recover it. A handful of scenes -- some very funny, some overbearing -- show Sellers' Inspector Clouseau visiting his favorite disguise shop, starting fires in his office, checking into (and wrecking) a hotel, and getting stuck in an airline toilet while bandaged head to foot. Then, news comes that Clouseau's plane has disappeared. A chic French TV reporter, Marie (Joanna Lumley), starts interviewing everyone who knew Clouseau, including characters from earlier movies, like the aristocratic burglar Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven).

Is it any good?

TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER is a strange, mutant tribute/exploitation of the movie. Kids who are undiscriminating may laugh a few times. Edwards meant well, but it just doesn't work.

The cast reunion mainly provides an excuse to show plentiful excerpts from the previous films in the series. This is a sort of thing that long-running TV series do occasionally when they get lazy, the dreaded "clip show." The question of who has stolen the Pink Panther diamond is simply dropped, and the clips more than anything remind us that Peter Sellers wasn't really around for this production at all.

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