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Enola Holmes | 2020 | PG-13 | – 1.5.3

content-ratingsWhy is “Enola Holmes” rated PG-13? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some violence.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes kissing a hand and a couple of hugs, flirting and pronouncements of affection, a few scenes of a teen girl wearing a cleavage revealing corset, several fight scenes leaving one man dead and a teen girl with a bloody head wound and bloody knees, a couple of shooting scenes without deaths, a near drowning, a stabbing, discussions of murder plots, two teens run from a man trying to kill them in several scenes leading them to jump from a train and one climbs out on a roof, several arguments, and some moderate language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


Enola (Millie Bobby Brown), the very clever 16-year-old sister of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill) and his very disagreeable brother Mycroft (Sam Claflin), runs away from home to escape boarding school and follows clues to figure out why their suffragette mother (Helena Bonham Carter) has disappeared, as well as to protect the life of a wayward young lord (Louis Partridge). Also with Fiona Shaw, Adeel Akhtar and Frances de la Tour. Directed by Harry Bradbeer. [Running Time: 2:03]

Enola Holmes SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A man kisses a woman’s hand. A teen boy hides in a basket and pops out startling a teen girl that hugs him. A teen girl takes a teen boy to her room (he sees her underwear hanging on a laundry line) and offers for him to sleep on the floor. A teen boy asks a teen girl to stay with him and she declines the offer; she touches his hand and he kisses her hand. A teen boy and a teen girl flirt in a few scenes. A line drawing shows a man kissing a woman’s hand.
 A woman takes a teen girl’s measurements and says they are disappointing and that she will need to wear an “amplifier” to enhance her hips and her breasts. A teen girl changes clothes in a dress shop and we see her synching in a corset that creates visible cleavage and tying on a skirt frame and bustle to increase her hip size. We see the bare chest, abdomen, groin with a medallion or leaf covering the genitals, side of a buttock and legs of a male statue.


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Enola Holmes VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 – A teen boy is shot in the chest and we see several holes in his shirt as he falls back motionless on the floor. Someone shoots at a teen boy and a teen girl and several shots hit near them; a man with a gun then hits the teen girl in the head with the gun butt (we see blood on her head and she falls unconscious); the man then punches the teen boy and wraps a rope around his neck trying to strangle him (we see scratches on his neck later) until the girl revives and pulls the man down to the ground where he hits his head on a cone killing him (we hear a crack and see blood on his head). A man enters a train carriage and we hear a scuffle and a teen boy yelling; when another teen enters the carriage she sees that the man is trying to push the other teen off the train and she hits the man in the head with a cane, knocking him down. A man sneaks into a room and a teen girl hits him with a teapot, he yells and she and a teen boy run to her room where they block the door, as the man tries to force his way in; the boy climbs out of a window to get away. A man grabs a teen girl in an alley and pushes her into a water barrel, where he holds her underwater several times as she struggles to surface for air; she stops struggling and he lets her go thinking that he has killed her, when she flips her head back and head-butts him (we see his bloody nose). A teen girl and a man fight with kicks and flips and the man slams the girl into a wall, he swings a cane at her, she kicks him and he throws her through a door, he pulls a knife and stabs her in the abdomen (the blade is stopped by whale bone in her corset and we see her with bloody cuts on her knees later), and the girl sets off an explosion that lights fireworks as a distraction and runs away. A teen boy and a teen girl run through a train being followed by a man, and they climb between cars and jump off the train rolling down a hill (no injuries are seen). A woman slaps a teen girl hard in the face.
 Women practice martial throws in the upstairs of a tea shop and we hear loud thuds (we see no injuries). A teen girl tries to tackle a woman and they scuffle briefly. A teen girl climbs a rope into a tree house where she looks through items unto a woman outside tells her that it is unstable. A teen girl falls off her bike and we see her with dirt smudged on her face and skirt (no permanent injuries are shown). A woman and a teen girl play tennis in a room and when the ball hits a statue, its head breaks off and another ball hits a lamp breaking the glass flue. A teen boy cuts open a carpet bag from the inside and opens it, tumbling onto the floor where another teen tells him to leave the train car immediately. A teen girl sharpens a knife on a rock and uses it to cut a teen boy’s hair. A teen girl goes to a rundown rooming house and a rat skitters near her feet. A teen girl climbs through the window of a warehouse where she finds explosives and she sets off an explosion by mixing a liquid with a powder (we see gunpowder and a box with metallic balls like bombs). A teen girl describes learning from her mother and we see them doing science experiments, practicing hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting and shooting arrows.
 A teen girl wakes up and finds her mother missing. A teen girl disguises herself and runs away from home. A teen girl walks through crowded busy city streets and we see horses nearly running into her and people shouting. A teen boy hides in a basket and pops out startling a teen girl. A teen girl flips a bowl of soup across a table and onto another teen girl (we see green goop).
 A teen girl tells a teen boy that she suspects someone is trying to kill him and that they killed his father too. A young girl walking through an alley tells her mother that she’s hungry and the woman says, “I know.” A man talks about turning a woman in for having banned books on the shelves of her tea shop. A teen boy describes that a tree branch fell nearly crushing him. A man describes a man telling his young daughter to get a dog “out of my house” (it was a pine cone that the child had tied to a string and pretended that it was a dog). A teen girl’s voice describes her family including the fact that her father died when she was young and her two older brothers left home leaving just her and her mother. A teen boy talks about fearing that he will, “Hate every second of the rest of his life” if he follows the path laid out for him. Newspaper headlines list protests, civil disobedience and the struggle for women’s rights. A teen girl talks about hurting herself when she was young and trying to save a sheep when it got too close to a cliff’s edge. A reference is made to a botched burglary. Two men argue about caring for their younger sister and one man insists not to be condemned and the other says, “Don’t judge me.” A man yells when he discovers that a teen girl is missing. A woman yells at a train station for the train to be searched for her son; the train pulls away. A man says of a teen girl, “She needs a firm hand,” and that someone will need to “Break her and build her up.” A man greets a teen girl and says, “You’re such a mess.”


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Enola Holmes LANGUAGE 3

 – 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (silly girl, mad, villain, how disappointing, poorly mannered wilding, cruelty, timid, ridiculous, emotional, ignorant, new thinkers, sycophant, proud, foolish, stupid little girl, unexpected, obnoxious, sodding, bloody sharks, blooming, noisy, pathetic, brutal, normal, ignorant, strange fish, cantankerous, ostrich, puffed up misanthrope, seditious, mischief, dirty, poppycock, circus, nincompoop, no poise, powder puff, bossy, idiot), exclamations (yes, no, oooh, go on, be gone, woo-hoo, quickly, what the…, such a fuss, bloody, oh my, of course, keep your mouth shut, ow), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. My God, Oh Dear God, Oh Good God, God). | profanity glossary |


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Enola Holmes SUBSTANCE USE

 – A man drinks cognac in a lounge and another man orders a sherry, and a man asks another man to join him for a drink. A man holds an unlit pipe, and a woman smokes a pipe.


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Enola Holmes DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Parenting, gender roles, British class system, privilege, conservatism, expectations, privacy, virtue, equality, kidnapping, pity, loyalty, succession, being powerless and unrepresented, responsibility, reform, feminism, dignity.

Enola Holmes MESSAGE

 – Find your own path. You have to make some noise if you want to change the world and if you want the world to remain unchanged, it’s because you are privileged.

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