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(2006), PG ["Lite" 13-PG*] (1hr 27min)
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Robert Simonds Productions, International Production Company, The Montecito Picture Company
Distribution (US): Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing
Director(s): Shawn Levy
Producer(s): Ira Shuman, Robert Simonds, Tracey Trench
Screenplay: Len Blum, Steve Martin
Story: Michael Saltzman
Characters: Maurice Richlin, Blake Edwards
Cinematography/Camera: Jonathan Brown
Music: Christophe Beck, Henry Mancini
Film Editing: George Folsey Jr., Brad E. Wilhite
Casting: Ilene Starger
Production Design: Lilly Kilvert
Art Direction: David Baxa, Peter Rogness
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
The Pink Panther, a PG, is just a skootch under what "hardcore" PG used to be. With a final score of 66, The Pink Panther falls just two points under the scoring range (68 to 86 out of 100) earned by PG movies in the comparative baseline database. That makes it a "lite" 13-PG.
Slapstick violence is rampant. There is a murder with a poison dart and a gunfire murder. A number of people are shot with a special gun that gave the impression of killing them. A number of threats to kill are heard.
Martin's face ends up between Emily Mortimer's legs with her knees over his shoulders. Though such a positioning was not, according to the plot/story, sexual in nature the optics of it were to anyone, say, five years old and older. The sexual hints are obvious. Even the intro cartoon Pink Panther dances with the cartoon Clouseau with his knee between Clouseau's legs. These all have to be acted or drawn thus making them intentional. And whether we realize it, these things are noticed by the adolescent crowd and their assimilation of sensibilities and life's signals are duly influenced. [Eph. 5:4, Luke 17:2]
There were two muffled uses noted of the most foul of the foul words. The other words of the three/four letter word vocabulary were used four times. [Isa. 13:11]
No drugs, no booze and no smoking were noted. Regarding the finding of the American College of Physicians about drinking in and as entertainment (see the links in the Scripture reference), this film is a good example but only in drugs, drinking and smoking. [Eph. 5:18]
God's Name was used in vain four times, each without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]
The most bumbling gendarme in all of France, Jacques Clouseau (Steve Martin) is given a chance to make good. Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Kevin Kline), who thinks he is a candidate for the highest police award - the Medal of Honor, promotes Clouseau to Inspector figuring Clouseau will bumble a case, giving Dreyfus an opportunity to rescue the case and win the Medal of Honor. Gendarme Gilbert Ponton (Jean Reno) is assigned by Dreyfus as Clouseau's partner while in reality Ponton is ordered to follow Clouseau's every move to gather ammunition against Clouseau and to feed back to Dreyfus any information about the case Cousteau may stumble upon.
The case. At a France - China soccer game, France's soccer team coach, Yves Gluant (Jason Statham) is murdered by a poison dart and Gluant's famous Pink Panther diamond ring is missing from his hand.
Suspects include Yves' girlfriend and singing star, Xania (Beyonce Knowles); Chinese officials in the stadium since the poison used was of Chinese origin; soccer trainer Yuri (Henry Czerny) who "defected" from Russia to work for Team France and hates Gluant as does almost everybody else.
Now wearing an Inspector's uniform, Clouseau begins the hapless escapades in the shadows of Peter Seller. Helping Clouseau is Nicole (Emily Mortimer) who has amorous designs on Clouseau.
Please be sure to read the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for a more complete assessment of this film.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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(The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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