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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Mostly a spoof without many clear messages, but the finale has the not-speaking-to-each-other Holmes brothers expressing gratitude and appreciation to each other.
Positive Role Models
Sigurson Holmes isn't stupid at all -- though he's not as brilliant as his big brother, and typically acts rude, arrogantly, and on hotheaded impulses. Stereotyping of Italians as opera- (and pasta-sauce-) loving buffoons.
Violence & Scariness
Swordfighting (almost never drawing blood) and crotch kicks. Slapstick wrestling, punching, and head bops. Threats made with guns. A threatened peril with a cartoonishly big buzz-saw blade. Falls from great heights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A comic villain gropes at the leading lady's "boobies" (in the context of a musical number). Sigurson fondles the heroine's breast and strips down to assume a sexual position -- the premise being it's a necessary interrogation technique. Two male bare butts.
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Some occasional language, including "s--t," "Christ" as an exclamation, "whore," "fart," "buggers," "testicles," and "winkle" (as a euphemism for testicles).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Quite a bit of cigarette and pipe smoking. Social drinking, apparently of beer. A musical number sings about drinking "some very sexy wine," which is then acted out, with some kind of knockout pills in the goblets.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother is a genial spoof with some dirty-joke humor, including some groping and two shots of male bare butts. If released today, it might get a very light PG-13 -- nothing Austin Powers smutty, though. There are a few swear words and violence that is pretty much unrealistic slapstick. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Gene Wilder made his directing debut here with a genre farce that, like Young Frankenstein, shows respect and real affection for the material being burlesqued, not just anything-goes yucks. Though gags are uneven -- a horse-carriage fight scene using a giant fake hand vs. giant fake shoe is hilarious; a reference to the classic short story "The Lady or the Tiger?" is merely odd -- and the plot just sort of turns into confetti after a while, there's a consistent sense of fun throughout. Despite a few naughty bits, teens should jam to the infectious, let's-put-on-a-show enthusiasm (occasionally the cast bursts into a loony dance number, the "Kangaroo Hop"), not to mention the built-in empathy factor for younger brothers everywhere. Deductive logic, an essential part of the Sherlock stories, is strangely absent in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. Yet one hardly notices.
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