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(2006), PG ["Lite" 13-PG*] (1hr 27min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
February 10, 2006
66 out of 100

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(2006), PG ["Lite" 13-PG*] -- The most bumbling gendarme in all of France.

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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  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Isa. 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless. [Yes, it is haughtiness which gives us the impudence to use filthy language.]
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary/
    Commentary section.

    The Pinl Panther (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence, frequent
  • theft
  • firearm
  • series of people being shot by some special gun
  • threats to kill
  • firearms to control
  • replays of murders

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • four uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • flatulence
  • trickery for gain

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure
  • crotch humor, repeatedly
  • male face between female legs - dressed
  • inappropriate touch
  • favoritism due to sex appeal
  • sexual innuendo
  • excessive cleavage, repeatedly

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)
  • three uses of God's Name in vain without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by poison dart
  • murder by gunfire

  • 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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