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"SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS"
(2011) (Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Heavy
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Moderate
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Minor
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) Minor
Profanity Minor
Sex/Nudity Heavy
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Moderate
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Adventure: A legendary detective and his physician sidekick set out to stop a villain from starting a world war in the late 19th century.
PLOT:
It's 1891 and a series of bombings are escalating tension between Germany and France, something not only welcomed but also plotted by the dastardly Professor James Moriarty (JARED HARRIS) who would financially profit from any related war expenses. Legendary if eccentric detective Sherlock Holmes (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.) is pretty such he's the culprit, but needs further proof. Unfortunately, his former sidekick, Dr. John Watson (JUDE LAW), is busy preparing to settle down and wed Mary (KELLY REILLY), something that doesn't seem natural to Holmes.

Accordingly, he doesn't invite anyone to Watson's stag party other than his own brother, Mycroft Holmes (STEPHEN FRY), who has ties to politicians of the day. He's also after gypsy fortune teller Simza (NOOMI RAPACE) who he believes knows something about what's occurring. After Holmes saves her from an assassin, and manages to dispatch Mary to stay with Mycroft, he, Watson and Simza set off not only to prove that Moriarty is behind the bombings and recent assassinations, but also stop him from starting a war.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they liked the first film, they probably will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • ROBERT DOWNEY JR. plays a late 19th century detective, an inventive but eccentric fellow who's just...


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