Sherlock Holmes [2009] [PG-13] - 4.7.2

 
 

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A reinterpretation of the Sherlock Holmes character as a brilliant swashbuckler, with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role and Jude Law as his friend Dr. Watson. The game is afoot when an executed criminal (Mark Strong) seems to have come back to life and threatens to rule Britain by using magic. Also with Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan, Geraldine James and Kelly Reilly. Directed by Guy Ritchie. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman kisses a man passionately. A man and a woman hug and she kisses his neck.
 A woman is shown wearing a towel wrapped around her (bare shoulders and back are visible) while a man is in the room with her; she lowers the towel and we see her bare back to the hip. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in a few scenes. We see three small nude male statues in the background (bare chests and genitals are visible). We see shirtless men boxing each other. A woman bound on an altar is in a trance, she is writhing and cleavage is evident. We see a man taking a bath (nothing is visible).
 A man is in bed, handcuffed to the headboard, we can see his chest and legs and a small pillow is hiding his crotch; a chambermaid enter the room, he tells her, "Beneath this pillow lies the key to my release," and she runs away. A man says, "I've woken up in handcuffs naked before."
 A man talks about his son being conceived in a ceremony and that his mother was not the man's wife.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A man points a gun at another man, pulls the trigger and the man holding the gun bursts into flames (we hear him screaming, see him flailing, he crashes through a window and lands hard on a carriage in the street below).
A man attacks another man in slow motion, accompanied by a description of the blows and the injuries they will inflict (we hear crunches, one loud crack when the man's leg is broken and we see the punches land).
 A woman is chained around the wrists and attached to a conveyor that pulls her behind numerous pig carcasses and through flames, and then toward a band saw: we see pigs being splashed with flames, a man covers the woman with flame retardant fabric as they move through the flames and they struggle to get free before being cut in half (we watch the pigs being sliced from top to bottom and the saw stops just as the man's head almost touches it).
 Two men fight bare-knuckles in a ring while people stand around cheering: one man is slammed against a wall, punches are exchanged, one man has a bloody face, and in slow motion one of the men is boxed on the ears, punched in the jaw (we are told it is broken), punched in the abdomen (we hear that 3 ribs are broken) and kicked back through a wooden wall.
 A woman, lying on a ceremonial table, writhes and appears to be in a trance: as a man stands above her chanting, she raises a dagger in the air over her chest, presumably to kill herself at the man's suggestion (the act is interrupted and the woman is unharmed).
 Two men and a woman are caught in a huge explosion; we see them being thrown and one man disappears within the flames; they all survive but one is badly wounded (we see him in a hospital with bloody wounds on his shoulder and back).
 Three men fight with two other men: one vary big man throws a man, a man beats the big man with a pan repeatedly, a man strikes the big man in the head repeatedly with a rod, a man is held down by the throat against a table, the big man is zapped by an electrical charge and is thrown through a wall (he returns to be zapped again), and a man runs while the big man chases him.
 A big man chases a man into a shipyard where he hammers out the supports that hold a ship under construction: the ship rolls toward a man lying in the treads of the ramp, it rolls over him and into water, the man sits up seemingly uninjured, a large chain and spool careen toward him, and another man jumps on him to shield him (they are both unharmed).
 A man holds another man around the throat and squeezes; another man holds the restrained man's nose until he stops thrashing and is still (it's not clear whether he is dead or simply unconscious). A man head-butts another man. Two men fight a very big man who is swinging an ax; one man breaks the big man's arm (we hear a crunch), and then holds him around the throat until he passes out. A man strikes another man in the face with a stick (we hear a crack and he falls to his knees). A man punches another man in the nose.
 We see a partially covered dead body in a coffin with ashen skin and worms wriggling around his eyes and mouth (we see him several times). A man examines a dead body for evidence: he picks dirt from under his fingernails, and snips a bit of his hair. We see a dead man lying on a medical table and a doctor pronounces him dead (his skin is tinged slightly blue.
 Two men fight on a high structure with swords: one nearly falls off the structure, but pulls himself back up, the other is caught in a rope and pulled toward the edge of the structure, and a man throws an ax and cuts the man loose. Two men attack several other men using sticks and punches (we hear loud thuds), and a gun is fired (we do not see anyone struck). A man punches another man in the stomach.
 A man becomes entangled in heavy chains and hangs high over a river (we see him dangling from the neck motionless). A hood is placed over a man's head, a noose is wrapped around his neck, the gallows hatch opens and we see him hanging (one of his feet twitches briefly).
 A woman strikes a man who tried to mug her several times in the head with a small, weighted object, then holds a knife to another man's face and then throat, and she steals one man's wallet and leaves. A man and a woman strike each other; the man pushes the woman off a tall structure over a river (we see her lying motionless on a platform with a twisted leg).
 A man sitting in a water-filled bathtub begins to twitch, he struggles to reach the faucet, the water appears to be bubbling, he slips slightly below the surface of the water, his skin turns bluish and he stops moving (we hear later that he died). We see the body of a police officer in a sewer.
 Two men shoot guns at a man. A woman shoots at a man and hits him in the hat (we see the hole). A man shoots several men in a room, and others shoot at each other and still others fight with sticks. A man fires a handgun several times in an apartment and people in the apartment with him become nervous. A man shoots at another man who jumps through a window and into the river below (he is pulled out of the water by a man on a boat).
 A man pulls out a small gun from his sleeve and threatens another man. A man holds a gun to another man's face. Law enforcement officials load handguns while riding in a carriage. A man with a gun walks around a room.
 A man picks up a dead rat by the tail and snips the tail off (he keeps the tail). We see several pig carcasses hanging in a warehouse and severed pig heads are on tables. We see remains of animals in jars in a makeshift laboratory, including a dissected frog and several other frogs floating (and twitching slightly) in a small amount of water. A dog lies on the floor motionless in several scenes and a man refers to another man killing another dog (the dog is not dead).
 A woman splashes the contents of a wine glass in a man's face. A man grabs a woman's hand as she reaches for something and raises his fist (apparently fearing that she is going to harm him).
 A man jumps out a window, onto a ledge, then onto a shed roof that breaks under his weight (he's dirtied, but OK). A man rolls on the ground after apparently been struck by horses pulling a carriage. A man kicks a door down and searches through an apartment.
 A man talks about another man "coming back from the grave." A man says to a police officer at a crime scene, "Here's one for the doctor and one for the rope." We see and hear about a "book of spells." A man talks about five lives being sacrificed. A man thrashes on the floor and another man refers to a spell and says, "It's like he's burning from the inside out." We see people panicking about a "man returning from the dead." A man refers to the smell of "putrefaction."
 A man in a prison cell chants and there are ritualistic etchings scratched into the walls. We see placards with images of serpents and references to Satan and demons on them. We see a room with symbols and pictures painted on the wall and an altar. A character has a sinister appearance and a deep, booming voice.
 A man is surrounded in prison by large men who appear threatening. A man and a woman enter a man's study and find him hanging by the neck (he's fine, and just experimenting). A man is blindfolded and taken to a meeting.
 A man cuts his own finger with a knife and we see blood drip from the wound. A woman has bloody cuts on her face. A man has a badly scarred face and a large scar across the top of his head.
 A dog flatulates. A man talks about the smell of excrement.

PROFANITY 2 - 3 mild obscenities, name-calling (you're not human, the boy was a curse), 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A woman smokes a pipe, a man smokes a pipe in a few scenes, a man gives another man an unlit cigar, and a room appears smoke-filled when a man opens heavy curtains. A man drinks a glass of wine that has been drugged and collapses, people drink alcohol in a restaurant, a woman drinks from a glass of wine, a man pours champagne, a man drinks a glass of wine, and a man takes a drink of alcohol. We see empty medicine vials in a man's apartment. A man says, "I was trying out a new anesthetic" in reference to an unconscious dog on the floor.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Black magic, insurance fraud, crime investigation, consulting detectives, reason, love, relationships, jealousy, friendship, the greater good, deal of a loved one, marriage, commitment, logic, fear, suspicion, world domination, the future, weakness.

MESSAGE - Fear can cause people to believe in magic.

Special Keywords: S4 - V7 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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