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New Sherlock Holmes a Family-Friendly Bromance?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 6, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 6, 2009 |

USA Today has an early look at Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, which opens this Christmas, and stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. I’d been fairly stoked about this particular adapation — Downey, Jr. and Ritchie seemed perfect for a dark, frenetic, and possibly violent version of the Arthur Conan Doyle character. But, this paragraph in the USA Today story has me a little concerned:

The language has been tamed for this PG-13 outing. But manly bonding between bohemian Holmes and bourgeois Watson is at the core of the story. Trendy types might even describe it as a “bromance,” especially when Downey’s detective bristles at the very thought of his friend’s nuptials coming between them. But the relationship takes its cues from a long line of what used to be known simply as buddy films.

A PG-13 bromance? Also, there’s no cocaine, a “nod to the family-friendly rating.”

I don’t want family friendly, goddamnit. I want blood. I want Sherlock to shoot someone in the face and say, “Elementary.” I want full-on doublebacking, coke snorting, and a hardcore murder mystery. I don’t want a family friendly Sherlock Holmes. Damnit.

Anyway, USA Today also has some early images for the set. You can go over there to check out the full gallery, but here’s a sampling:





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