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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Sherlock Holmes in this action-enhanced adaptation of Sir Arthur Conon Doyle's super sleuth. With Dr. Watson (Jude Law) by his side, they track the infamous Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), whom they believe is responsible for the assassination of the Crown Prince of Austria. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 16 Dec 2011
Video Release: 12 Jun 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Rated PG-13?


Violence: Frequent scenes of fistfights, explosions and beatings occur. Dead and bloody bodies are shown following explosions in public venues. Numerous characters suffer from bloody gunshot and other weapon-induced injuries. Weapons include brass knuckles, knives, guns, tanks, missiles and darts. Characters are drugged or poisoned. Others are pushed out of windows or off of moving trains. A man attacks and attempts to kill a woman. A person is infected with a deadly disease. A man commits suicide with a gun. Men prepare chemical warfare. A man is impaled with a meat hook and hung from a ceiling with a rope. Later he has a piece of wood shrapnel removed from his leg. A man is revived from death with an adrenaline injection. Characters discuss the results of surgical experimentation. Others plunge over the wall to their apparent deaths. A man receives a packaged bomb.

Sexual Content: A man wears long underwear. Another character walks around his house naked (only partial male buttock nudity is seen). A naked statue is on display. A married couple kisses and the woman makes a suggestive remark to her husband. A couple kisses. Men dance together. One male dresses in drag.

Language: The script includes a handful of profanities and some sexual innuendo including negative terms for males and veiled homosexual jokes.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink frequently. One man consumes formaldehyde. Some individuals appear to be drunk or highly agitated. References are made to a man’s drug use. Characters smoke pipes, cigars and cigarettes on numerous occasions.

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