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Sherlock Gnomes | 2018 | PG | - 2.2.1

When all but two of the gnomes in a small English garden disappear, it's a case for the protector of the garden gnomes, Sherlock Gnomes (voiced by Johnny Depp), to see what's afoot. Also with the voices of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Mary J. Blige, Julio Bonet, Michael Caine, Jamie Demetriou, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dexter Fletcher and Ozzy Osbourne. Directed by John Stevenson. A few lines of dialogue are tapped out by ornamental rabbit ears and accompanied by subtitles. A couple of lines are meowed by ornamental cats and accompanied by subtitles. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 2 - A male gnome and a female gnome kiss. A male gnome and a female gnome hug. A male gnome and a female gnome flirt and hold hands in a couple of scenes. A man imagines himself and another man dancing together inside bubbles that float through the air. A gnome and a frog kiss.
 A doll wears a form-fitting dress that reveals cleavage, and dances while singing. Many male and female gnomes dance together and one (wearing a thong-type garment that reveals his buttocks, chest, abdomen, back and legs) thrusts his hips and wiggles his buttocks while calling out, "Love machine. Kissing, kissing."
 A reference is made to star-crossed lovers and two characters are named "Gnomeo and Juliet." A garden gnome plays the game, "She loves me, she loves me not" about the ornamental frog that he loves. A reference is made to a "lovers quarrel." A gnome says that he learned how to kiss on the internet.
 A garden gnome is shown permanently attached to a toilet (we see his bare legs to the hip). Two suction cups are thrown to a man and they stick to his clothed chest, resembling nipples. A gnome tells a man, "You're acting like a rear end."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A pie manufacturer mascot ornament (like a baby with a pie as a hat) argues with a man and threatens several gnomes that have been kidnapped by him; while standing on a dinosaur skeleton, something falls and breaks off a part of a gnome's hat and the pie baby ornament falls and is crushed under the dinosaur bones when they crumble (we see the pie hat pinned under the bones). An ornament shoots at a man a few times and misses. An ornament throws its hat at a drone and causes it to crash to the ground. An ornament and a man fall toward a waterfall and the ornament splashes into the water, yelling and spitting.
 A large gargoyle climbs a wall and swoops toward a man and a gnome, the gnome is pinned and captured by the gargoyle and the man throws a cane that hits the gargoyle in the head; we later see the man standing on a ledge as the gargoyle holds the gnome before the man falls back, off the ledge (we hear glass crash and assume that he has died). A gargoyle jumps off his perch and threatens many gnomes on the floor below. A dog chases and barks at a man and a gnome dressed in a squirrel costume; they jump onto a ride on a lawnmower and speed away throwing grass clippings on the dog before they ramp over chaise chairs and into a tree (no one is harmed). A female doll breaks the arm off an ape toy and he complains that it was his favorite arm. We see a crayon rendering of many gnomes trapped under a bridge where they are crushed when the bridge mechanism moves to raise the bridge.
 Two men and two gnomes go through a manhole; the men ride in a boat along the waste water and the gnomes run along platforms above them until many rats charge toward them and a giant wave of waste water washes toward them from the opposite direction knocking them around on the water. A garden gnome sneaks along a sidewalk, through garbage bags heaped on the curb and into a flower shop where he steals a special flower and trips the alarm system; police are seen outside the door and another gnome helps him get out and away safely. A large ornamental cat is knocked on its back and many smaller cats chase two men and two gnomes. Two men and two gnomes slide across a cable using paper lanterns to sail between buildings; they then jump onto the top of a moving truck and from there they jump onto a tree branch. A man punches and knocks down another man wearing a padded suit (he's training). A man and a gnome are thrown out of a doll museum and they land on food packaging in an alley (they are not harmed). Many gnomes are placed in a burlap sack by two gargoyles. Many gnomes are shown stuck to the floor with jam. Three characters fly on a drone over water to attempt a rescue. Many gnomes are sprayed with soap and water and they are freed from a sticky floor; one is stuck and nearly crushed by a bridge mechanism. Two gargoyles turn back to stone and fall into the water off a bridge.
 We hear news reports of garden gnomes disappearing from many gardens around a city. Three garden gnomes argue and wrestle around briefly. Two men argue and one speaks in a dismissive manner to the other. Two garden gnomes argue and one becomes angry. Ornamental rabbits tap out an exclamation and a woman scolds them saying, "Girls, language" (the subtitles spell out symbols like expletives). A garden gnome cries for help over a walkie-talkie. A reference is made to someone terrorizing the ornamental world. We hear explosions coming from a video game being played in another room. Two men and two gnomes are ordered out of a storage area by a large ornamental cat. A man says, "Emotion is the enemy of logic." A reference is made to "The scariest dive," when referring to a doll museum and we see dolls with missing parts and plush animals missing eyes and stitched up. A man says, "Work always comes first." A gnome says, "I feel sick," when he is held upside down by the feet.
 A garden gnome is shown seated on a toilet.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (dump, super cheesy, awful, loser, unbelievably awful, punching bag, humans are tiresome, rude, ugly, stupid, fleabag, frogist, twaddle, pipsqueak, miserabubble, like a dog), exclamations (fudge bucket, oh fertilizer, cheese and crackers, shut-up, blooming heck).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown with a pipe in his mouth and bubbles come out of it instead of smoke.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sherlock Holmes, adventures, partners, trust, mysteries, taking people for granted, respect, grudges, garden gnomes, evil, death of a friend, nepotism, obsession, revenge.

MESSAGE - The right partner can make you stronger.

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