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The Pink Panther 2 | 2009 | PG | - 4.4.3

In this sequel, Inspector Clouseau (Steve Martin) and his partner Ponton (Jean Reno) join an international team of detectives to recover several stolen treasures. These include the Shroud of Turin and the Magna Carta, stolen by the infamous but supposedly retired Le Tornado, who leaves his calling card at the scene of each crime. Also with Aishwarya Rai, John Cleese, Andy Garcia, Al Molina, Lily Tomplin, Yuki Matsuzaki, and Emily Mortimer. Directed by Harald Zwart. [1:32]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and woman begin to embrace in an office, but stop as an older woman slams the door open and accuses the man of inappropriate attention to a female coworker. An older female sensitivity instructor rubs the knee and lower thigh of a younger colleague seated next to her as she smiles, and his eyes widen in surprise and horror. A woman bends over a computer as she speaks and swivels her hips; when she looks up, a man is seated erect listening to her, and mumbles, "I like you very much."
 A buxom woman wears a range of revealing outfits that include a trench coat that reveals significant cleavage, a tube top beneath a tight jacket, a skirt with a slit at the back, a tight, low-cut dress and a cocktail dress that reveals significant cleavage. Women wearing low-cut dresses reveal cleavage. A woman appears in several scenes wearing a sheer white blouse with a camisole underneath. A man wears a ballet tutu and appears to be wearing makeup. We see a man's bare back.
 A female sensitivity trainer conducts training sessions with a man and mentions a tight white blouse and breasts, and a tight skirt and buttocks, which are clearly defined by a woman bending over. A man and a female sensitivity trainer talk and he is told he must not say "sexy" or "woof," mention a woman's breasts, her clothing and her voice, or look at women in the office. A man says, "We are like two studs pawing at the ground." A sensitivity trainer berates a man several times for smiling at and seeming to ogle female coworkers. A man yells out to another man in an airport, "I am sorry that you cannot satisfy your wife" and onlookers interpret the remark as sexual. A man refers to sex as "smoochy woochy." During a crime scene investigation presentation a man calls out, "Enough of this foreplay!" A man tells several other men that his female assistant "Is here to service you, so feel free to ask for all your needs."
 A man is concerned about showing interest in a female colleague because it will result in sexual harassment training and a black mark on his record. A man states to his friends, to a colleague, and later to a room of people that a woman is attractive and other men state that she is attractive as well. A man states that the Pope has a wife.
 A man appears onstage in a restaurant wearing a tight matador's costume and dances the Flamenco; he approaches a dining table, places his buttocks on the edge of the table, and rubs his buttocks suggestively with both hands and dances away.
 A wife and her husband kiss very lightly at the close of their wedding ceremony. A man kisses a woman's hand.
 A man kneels before a woman and proposes marriage to her, stating that it might hurt a little since he is awkward. A man asks a woman to have a dinner date with him and she accepts.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man falls backward as a shot is fired at him, the shot ricochets off a wall ornament and the camera cuts to another man slumped to the floor with a tray spilled in front of him (there's blood on his forehead, running down both sides of his face and over his jacket). The body of a dead man lies face down and we see a black scar from a bullet wound (there is some blood on his head and face).
 Throughout the film, a klutzy man behaves awkwardly by bumping into people and knocking people down, falling over obstacles, nearly colliding with others, dropping books and files in a flurry of papers, falling over cars, falling onto furniture and breaking it, falling off balconies and down staircases, dropping breakable items, accidentally breaking lamps and china displays, and inadvertently setting fires (there are no apparent injuries in these mishaps).
 An officer on traffic duty catches his hand on a car that he ticketed, the car begins to move, a man accidentally kicks the driver in the face, and he is nearly crushed against a truck and is thrown but is unhurt. A man pounds his head against a wall in frustration (his head is not damaged).
 A wine rack tips, a man catches bottles that fall out and juggles them, and as more bottles fall, he tosses them to restaurant staff and customers who all begin juggling; bottles break, dinnerware and glassware break, a ceiling fixture explodes into fire and smoke, a lighted chafing dish and grill set are knocked from a table and the fire ignites a tablecloth, the draperies and then the entire restaurant, and screaming people run out of a building amid smoke and flames (no one is hurt). A Flamenco dancer jumps on top of a table full of food, scattering it and breaking china and glassware, and he knocks a flaming dish to the floor and tablecloths, draperies, and the entire building burn (everyone gets out unharmed and we see the aftermath of blackened wreckage). A man attracts the attention of his boss by directing a red laser pointer at the boss's breast pocket until a handkerchief smokes; the man rises and smacks out the flame. A pink diamond is thrown into the air and shot into sparkling confetti; lighter fluid is poured from a grill onto a carpet, a shot is fired to ignite it, and it sets the carpet and wall hangings on fire.
 A man driving a car removes his hands from the wheel in traffic, gesticulates wildly, and nearly collides with seven other vehicles (we hear squealing tires, there are no injuries). A man driving a car too fast into an airport unloading area slams on the brakes, opens his door and strikes a man bending to pick up luggage, knocking him down. A man is thrown out of a restaurant and lands face down on the sidewalk (he gets up unharmed).
 A woman accuses another woman of possessing a stolen diamond, one woman pulls a gun, grabs the other woman around the throat, pulls her back with her, begins firing shots into a crowd of people (bullets ricochet off walls, serving platters, and a heavy tray) and a man is shot (the bullet is deflected).
 A man asks two boys if they know karate and the three of them assume fighting stances; the man attempts to strike the boys' father who's sleeping on a couch, he misses, flips in the air, and falls onto a coffee table, smashing it.
 A man enters an apartment, two boys dressed in karate uniforms kick him over, and the three fight with karate kicks, strikes, and throws; they then pick up longstaffs and nunchucks, they destroy objects, some furniture and a ceiling fixture, and they scare a dog, and the two boys attack tossing the man through the front door (he lands on his back but there are no injuries).
 A man holds two boys, each by one foot, and shaking them over a balcony and speaking in angry gibberish. A man runs on top of a large marble globe that's in a stand, it rotates, he falls off, smashes a ceiling fixture, furniture, lamps, vases, and china, and falls into a fireplace opening, landing several stories below, covered with soot but unharmed. A man falls over a balcony, grabs a banner, bounces on a flagpole, shouts and lands safely on the street amid loud screaming, running, and panicking.
 A cork pops on a champagne bottle, hits an emergency alarm, Special Forces team members descend from the ceiling with rifles amid dust and loud alarms, and one grabs a man and slams his head onto a table (we see no blood or injury).
 A man uses a fire hose to douse flames, but falls over a balcony (he uses the hose to descend to the floor below). Three men fall face first into cakes, and then roll down a long staircase but are unharmed. Gunshots are fired in a kitchen, and they ricochet and break equipment and light fixtures. A man hurls a filled wine glass at a television screen (the wine glass shatters).
 Two men push and shove each in competition as they investigate a case. A shadowed, robed figure steals a ring from a man as he sleeps.
 A detective points threateningly into a TV camera and says, "Tornado, I am coming to get you!" A woman constantly berates a man for looking at or speaking to a female coworker. A man and a woman argue.


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LANGUAGE 3 - 5 anatomical references, 3 mild obscenities (1 in Italian), 24 instances of name calling (idiot, moron, imbecile, crazy, mentally handicapped, twit, nitwit, drab and disgusting, scorned lover, sad human being, dumb blond, thief, pigs/piglets/pig persons), 16 stereotypical remarks about women, children, blonds, Italians, French, Irishmen, Spaniards, Japanese, Englishmen, Jews, homosexuals and lesbians, Catholics, and Buddhists, 1 religious profanity, 6 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Several restaurant and dinner party scenes portray guests sipping from champagne and other wine glasses, many bottles of wine are accidentally broken and wine spills over the floor, and a man pours champagne into two glasses and throws one at a television screen.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Crime, murder, awkwardness, physical comedy, friendship, love, family, lying, sensitivity training, sexual harassment, sexual innuendo, prejudice, trust, risk-taking, determination, victory.

MESSAGE - Even the socially and physically awkward may have some useful skills.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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