Sherlock Holmes parents guide

Sherlock Holmes

Overall B-

Compared to other adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work, this Sherlock Holmes (played by Robert Downey Jr.) turns the detective into more of an action hero. Even his trusty sidekick Watson (Jude Law) packs a punch as the pair takes on a criminal mastermind with world domination ambitions.

Release date December 25, 2009

Violence C
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A-
Substance Use B-

Why is Sherlock Holmes rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Sherlock Holmes PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material.

Run Time: 129 minutes

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Sherlock Holmes
Rating & Content Info

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Why is Sherlock Holmes rated PG-13? Sherlock Holmes is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and action, some startling images and a scene of suggestive material.

Violence will be the greatest issue in deciding if this movie is appropriate for older teens. Many scenes feature characters fighting. While weapons use is minimal, the hand-to-hand combat is brutal with sound effects and slow motion sequences. At least two characters are shot with pistols. One scene features men fighting competitively in a ring match. A character is executed by hanging—we see the body twitching after the event. A corpse is exposed and maggots are seen on the face. A character, trying to recreate an event, is seen hanging with rope around his neck (he is still alive). A character is shocked with a device. A character experiments with potions using a dog as a test subject. In a makeshift lab, a dissected frog, a brain and other disturbing things are seen. A character is lit on fire. A cult is depicted and in one scene a clothed woman is seen tied to a table. Later a comment is made about a baby being conceived during a cult ceremony. One mild profanity was noted. Social drinking is depicted. A character is seen with a pipe, but we don’t see it being smoked.

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Sherlock Holmes
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Violence.
Alberta PG Violence. Not Recommended For Young Children.
Manitoba PG Not Recommended for Young Children, Violence.
Ontario PG Violence.
Quebec G
Martimes PG
Canadian Home Video PG

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Cast and Crew

Sherlock Holmes is directed by and stars Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Sherlock Holmes movie is March 30, 2010. Here are some details…

Release Date: 30 March 2010
Sherlock Holmes releases to DVD and Blu-ray with the following extras:
- Featurette: Sherlock Holmes: Reinvented (How Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey Jr. reinterpret the master sleuth and how Downey prepares for the role.)
Sherlock Holmes on Blu-ray also offers:
- Picture-in picture
- Storyboard comparisons
- Stills galleries
- Focus points
- Timeline

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary character has been brought to life for TV and film many times. Matt Frewer plays Sherlock Holmes in Hallmark’s The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Actor Robert Downey Jr. plays another maverick willing to take the law into his own hands in Iron Man.