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Escape Room, Holmes and Watson and More in This Week's MPAA Ratings Bulletin

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By Chris Kavan - 11/28/18 at 10:25 AM CT

That post-Thanskgiving bloat must be affecting the MPAA ratings board, as it is a bit of a light offering this week. A relatively short list gives us two decent subjects - Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly team up (again) to bring us a comedic take on the classic detective duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. If you like things a bit more thrilling, don't worry, you'll get to see a bunch of pretty people in peril soon enough in a film that looks Saw via immersive puzzle therapy. There are a few more films to whet the appetite as well, should you choose to make it to the list.

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It's been awhile since I've been anticipating a Will Ferrell, but if anything can make me sit up at least a little, it's pairing him back up with John C. Reilly who were memorably hilarious in Step Brothers. That was released all the way back in 2008 and, thus, a bit over a decade later we finally get them back together - not in a sequel - but for Holmes & Watson. This isn't the first time the legend of Sherlock Holmes has been turned into a comedy (The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother for one) but this outing looks to kick the comedy up to 11. I know the golden age of Ferrell comedy has probably passed us by, but if the duo can muster up half the laughs as Step Brothers, well, it may be good enough for this day and age. We'll see how their comedic talents match up soon enough. Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material, some violence, language and drug references.

Torturing people is going to continue to be entertaining horror for as long as audiences will put up with watching people getting tortured for their entertainment (ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?) While Escape Room may not have the gore factor of your typical Saw or Hostel-type film, make no mistake, people will be tortured and people will die. Like all these type of films, our group of people at first seem like a random assortment of individuals (student, dead-end job dude, rich dude, etc.) check this - they are all there for a reason (and by the trailers, something to do with some dark incidents in their past). And, in order to face their fears/transgressions or whatever, they will have to solve some gnarly escape room puzzles... or die trying. I mean, the concept is nothing new but the execution at least looks a bit interesting. It'll be a good streaming title for me - we'll see if audiences are hungry for horror when it arrives. Rated PG-13 for terror/perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language.

Those are the only two films worthy of a write-up this week, but be sure to check out the full MPAA Ratings Bulletin below:


Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity/sexuality.


Rated R for disturbing/violent content, language, some sexuality and drug use.


Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some bloody images, drug use and teen partying.


Rated PG-13 for terror/perilous action, violence, some suggestive material and language.


Rated R for some sexual content, graphic nudity and brief disturbing content.


Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material, some violence, language and drug references.


Rated R for language throughout.


Rated R for language, sexuality, nudity and some violence.


Rated R for violence and language.


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