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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. »


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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why does Holmes refer to marriage as eternal purgatory? Why is he so upset with Watson’s wedding?

What does Moriarty mean when he says Holmes is fighting the human condition? How does the Professor plan to act as a catalyst for war? How does he expect to benefit from battle?

How does this interpretation of Sherlock Holmes differ from the book or from other film adaptations? Why do you think these characters appeal to many audience members? How does the element of action differ in this movie from more thoughtful depictions?

Click here to learn more about Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

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