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The Pink Panther Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Even with the inspired choice of Steve Martin in the Clouseau role, this "Panther" picture is more bumbling and fumbling than the blissfully oblivious, accident-prone Inspector.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Martin's gift for physical and vocal comedy is as deft as ever.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This slapdash farce, arriving three decades after Sellers last inhabited the role, sustains a baseline of good will that often spikes into delight at Mr. Martin's beguiling nonsense.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    This Pink Panther really doesn't have to achieve the heights of the original; it just has to be funny on its own terms. But it pales there too. Kline, a master of comic hypocrisy, deserves more screen time, Emily Mortimer is wasted as Clouseau's adoring assistant Nicole and Knowles is over indulged as Xania.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Transforming Clouseau's perennial nemesis into a more urbane smoothie, Kevin Kline delivers like a pro.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Slapstick update to a comedy classic falls flat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film pushes the limits of PG. It includes several sexual situations and allusions, including a reference to Viagra. There is some crude language and potty humor. The movie features frequent slapstick violence: various objects (balls, lamps, a badge, cars) slam into torsos, crotches, and faces, causing bruises (at least); a couple of explosions and two murders occur (one a needle to the neck, another by gunfire, off-screen); a secret agent spoof involves the violent defeat of several black-masked figures in a casino, etc. Clouseau mispronounces English words ("bowls" become "balls"). Characters drink liquor, in particular, a flaming drink.

  • Families can talk about Inspector Clouseau's comic ability to solve cases even though he seems dumb: How does the film make fun of "straight" detective movies with this character? Why does Clouseau inspire such jealousy and rage in his superior officer? They can also talk about slapstick humor and when it is funny or appropriate.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Blissful and seemingly willful ignorance wins the day.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Shooting (off screen) and needle puncture cause deaths; frequent slapstick stunts, including blows to heads and crotches, leaving an assortment of bruises, cuts, and other injuries; electrodes attached to crotch leads to grimacing and smoking pants fly.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief kisses, some women's outfits are tight-fitting and show cleavage; the camera focuses on Beyoncé's hips as she walks away; Clouseau has his head in secretary's crotch as he helps her off a table. Viagra reference.

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    Language: Clouseau mispronounces "bowls" to sound like "balls" when asking a man if he can "hold" them.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Visual references to Holiday Inn, TGI Fridays, McDonald's.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking in a casino (including an exotic, flaming drink).