Why is Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, and some drug material.
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.