The Pink Panther 2 Parent Guide
"The Pink Panther 2" offers moments of comedic genius and a few great guffaws, but struggles to sustain the laughter.
Parent Movie Review
After taking on the role of Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the 2006 film The Pink Panther, Steve Martin is back on the prowl as the bumbling French detective. Awarded the country’s highest honor for recovering the famous Pink Panther diamond, Clouseau has since been assigned by his superior, Chief Inspector Dreyfus (John Cleese), to deal with parking infractions. But when a reclusive art thief named The Tornado comes out of retirement and starts pinching ancient artifacts and national treasures, Dreyfus is forced to transfer Clouseau to a Dream Team of the world’s top detectives.
Accompanied by his sidekick Ponton (Jean Reno), Clouseau prepares to meet with agents Vicenzo (Andy Garcia), Pepperidge (Alfred Molina), Kenji (Yuki Matsuzaki) and Sonia (Aishwarya Rai) in an attempt to recover the Shroud of Turin, a historic Japanese sword and other irreplaceable relics. However, when the Pink Panther diamond is pilfered from it’s secure case in the French capital, the newly assembled Dream Team congregates instead at the scene of the latest heist to begin their investigation.
With news cameras rolling and correspondents questioning their every move, the group of law enforcement personnel attempts to gather clues about the shifty crook. Unfortunately, Clouseau manages to unintentionally tamper with almost all of the evidence before it can be analyzed. Yet, smudged fingerprints don’t come close to the damage caused by Clouseau’s other faux pas. While trying to recreate the sequence of events behind the robbery of the Pope’s (Eugene Lazarev) ring, Clouseau dons the sacred robes and walks out on the balcony where faithful followers mistake him for their spiritual leader. Later he dangles two children over the side of another balcony after they attack him in his apartment.
Even before his social blunders are blazoned in headlines around the globe, Mrs. Berenger (Lily Tomlin), a woman of advancing years and impeccable social graces, is hired a to teach sensitivity training and anti-harassment skills to the inept Clouseau. Regrettably she doesn’t get a rein on him before the detective ogles a young assistant at his office and makes ethnically rude comments about a team member.
Martin, along with a burgeoning cast of new characters in this film, endeavors to recreate the oddball humor and physical antics made famous by the celebrated British actor Peter Sellers who played the original Inspector Clouseau. Stocked with a smattering of sexual innuendo, racial slurs, profanities and plenty of slapstick violence, The Pink Panther 2 offers moments of comedic genius and a few great guffaws, but struggles to sustain the laughter.Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer.. Running time: 92 minutes. Theatrical release February 6, 2009. Updated July 21, 2016
The Pink Panther 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is The Pink Panther 2 rated PG? The Pink Panther 2 is rated PG by the MPAA for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action.
Cartoon and slapstick style humor are the basis for many of the gags in this film. While trying to issue a parking ticket, Clouseau’s arm gets caught in a car window. As the vehicle pulls him along, he kicks a man in the face. Other characters are hit with household objects, attacked with weapons, run over by horses and engaged in hand-to-hand combat. Physical jokes also depict characters falling, being electrocuted or sprayed with a fire hose. A man mistakenly starts a fire in a business. Later he dangles two children over the side of a balcony. One adult fires a gun at another, killing a person. A brief portrayal of suicide is shown. A man is reprimanded for engaging in sexually harassing activities, for touching others inappropriately and for making disrespectful comments. A character also misuses sexually laden terms. Brief kissing is seen. A character impersonates the Pope and clumsily handles ancient and sacred artifacts. Occasional profanities and terms of Deity are used. Infrequent social drinking is portrayed.
Page last updated July 21, 2016
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The Pink Panther 2 Parents' Guide
How does Clouseau feel when the other detectives want to vote him off the Dream Team? How does he show he is still committed to finding justice?
What does Clouseau learn from Ponton about marriage and family relationships? Though work schedules are often demanding, what compromises are necessary in order to keep a marriage intact?
The most recent home video release of The Pink Panther 2 movie is October 5, 2010. Here are some details…
Blu-ray Release Date: 5 October 2010
The Pink Panther 2 releases on October 5, 2010, as a 2-disc set, offing the movie on Blu-ray and DVD.
DVD Release Date: 23June 2009
The Pink Panther 2 stalks onto DVD as a Two-Disc set. Presented in widescreen, this version provides audio tracks in 5.1 Dolby Surround (English) and Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), with subtitles in English and Spanish. Disc two includes 27 Pink Panther cartoons.
The Pink Panther 2 is also available on Blu-ray, This 3-Disc set is presented in widescreen format, with 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio (English) and5.1 Dolby Surround (Spanish and French), and subtitles in English, French and Spanish. This package offers a Digital Copy and 27 Pink Panther cartoons, along with some bonus materials. These include a gag reel and 3 featurettes (Drama is Easy Comedy is Dangerous, A Dream Team Like No Other and Master Thief-Global Crime Showdown!).
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Indian actress Aishwarya Rai was introduced to North American viewers when she starred in the musical, Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood version of Jane Austin’s novel Pride and Prejudice. Clumsy law enforcement officers are also portrayed in the movies Johnny English and Get Smart.