The Pink Panther Parent Guide
Parent Movie Review
Timing is everything—in relationships, career moves and especially comedy.
Just as Pierce Brosnan retires from the role of the polished James Bond, Steve Martin stars in The Pink Panther franchise as the bumbling Frenchman, Jacques Clouseau. It’s a career move that could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship for the comedic actor.
In this prequel to the 1963 movie, which starred Peter Sellers, Martin contributes to the project off camera as a screenwriter as well as resurrecting the clumsy crime fighter.
Following the public murder of the national soccer coach, Clouseau is summoned from his county precinct to the Paris office of Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline). Promoted to the rank of Inspector, he is assigned to investigate the untimely death of the coach and the theft of his famous Pink Panther diamond.
Assigned as an assistant to the newly advanced Inspector is a bulky, somber-faced agent named Ponton (Jean Reno). Descending from a long line of law enforcement officers, Ponton’s infinite patience with Clouseau’s absurd actions is a testament to his dogged attitude toward justice. (Better known for tough guy characters in Rollerball and Mission: Impossible, actor Jean Reno also displays his previously undisclosed talent for deadpan humor in this role as Martin’s straight man.)
Grilling the coach’s girlfriend Xania (Beyonce Knowles) and his teammate Bizu (William Abadie), the Inspector starts eliminating names on a long list of suspects while his secretary Nicole (Emily Mortimer) adeptly runs intervention for her unwary boss.
Meanwhile, with Clouseau’s investigation under the scrutiny of the media, Chief Inspector Dreyfus plans to quietly conduct his own inquiry, solve the case and put himself in good standing to receive the country’s highest award for honor.
Like the Seller’s movies, this script relies heavily on slapstick humor, with some of the gags coming straight out of the original films. Clouseau’s initial meeting with the Chief Inspector is punctured by a mishap involving the new arrival’s police badge. Electrocutions, explosions and a finger caught in a door are played for laughs along side the more serious murders of two characters. Brief sexual innuendo and some suggestive comments along with a flatulence joke are other content concerns parents will encounter.
Still, the director manages to combine a smart script and good pacing. Believing he is hired for his abilities, Clouseau faces a devastating setback when the truth behind the Chief Inspector’s motives is revealed. Yet the disheartened detective doesn’t commiserate for long. Disclosing his real degree of competence, he and his subordinates bring the case of The Pink Panther diamond to a close with perfect timing.
Theatrical release February 9, 2006. Updated February 13, 2012
The Pink Panther
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Pink Panther rated PG? The Pink Panther is rated PG by the MPAA for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language.
Slapstick violence is a staple of this comedic film with characters being hit, electrocuted, run over, dragged behind vehicles and attacked by piranhas. Others run into objects and fall down stairs. On a more serious note, two characters are murdered, one with a poison dart and one by a bullet to the head. The script also contains several scenes of sexual innuendo and low cut female clothing. An older man prepares to take a sexual enhancement pill in anticipation of the evening’s events. Another character misconstrues a couple’s activities when he sees one of them performing the Heimlich maneuver. Several verbal exchanges involve suggestive subject matter. A few profanities and a brief portrayal of flatulence are also included.
Page last updated February 13, 2012
More parents' guide for The Pink Panther after the break...
The Pink Panther Parents' Guide
Why does Chief Inspector Dreyfus initially hire Clouseau? Can outward appearances be deceiving? What does Ponton discover about Clouseau as he works with him?
How does Clouseau react when he discovers the Chief Inspector’s real feelings about him? How could you overcome a similar disappointment?
The most recent home video release of The Pink Panther movie is June 12, 2006. Here are some details…
DVD Release Date: 13 June 2006
The Pink Panther bumbles onto DVD with director Shawn Levy providing an audio commentary. Also on the disc are eleven deleted and extended scenes as well as an alternate opening sequence (all with optional director’s commentary). A documentary titled Cracking The Case offers closer investigation of the production. Lastly, songstress Beyonce graces the screen with an exclusive performance (with commentary) of her music video Check On It. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 for both English and French, with subtitles in English and French.
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The safety of Royal Family’s crown jewels is uncertain when a bumbling English Secret Service agent is assigned to protect them in the film Johnny English. Actor Steve Martin also appears in the Cheaper By the Dozen series, and as a pushover pop in the heartwarming Father of the Bride.