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A Shot in the Dark Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 11+

Funny Pink Panther sequel. Older tweens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Inspector Clouseau attempts to go to bed with the comely heroine. A possible rape is made light of. There is a comical revelation of multiple adultery in the household where a murder takes place. There are numerous murders, all slapsticky and practically bloodless.

  • Families can talk about the movie's dated and dark-comedy elements. It might be strange for modern audiences to hear rape, marital infidelity, and multiple murder being lighthearted laugh-getters.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Inspector Clouseau was never such a lust-driven character as he is here, even though his detective instincts turn out to be correct. Aside from Clouseau's low-key assistant Hercule (Graham Stark, an offscreen buddy of Peter Sellers), everyone else seems to be a caricature, stereotype or buffoon.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Numerous murders, all slapsticky and practically bloodless.

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    Sex: Mostly euphemistic or discreet talk, in old-time Hollywood fashion, even making light of a possible rape. Inspector Clouseau attempts to go to bed with comely heroine. Comical revelation of multiple adultery in the household where the murder takes place. A nudist-camp scene of the "Austin Powers" variety, with strategically-placed foliage and props hiding all the danger zones.

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    Language: No expletives, but one character has a name that sounds exactly like "doo-doo."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking in a series of night-club settings, leading to one inebriated idyll (and death via poisoned vodka).

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