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Holmes & Watson (2018)

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A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

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Etan Cohen

Writers:

Etan Cohen, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were created by the late) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Sherlock Holmes
John C. Reilly ... Dr. Watson
Rebecca Hall ... Grace Hart
Rob Brydon ... Inspector Lestrade
Kelly Macdonald ... Mrs. Martha Hudson
Lauren Lapkus ... Millicent
Pam Ferris ... Queen Victoria
Ralph Fiennes ... Professor James Moriarty
Hector Bateman-Harden ... Young Holmes
Codie-Lei Eastick ... Young Watson
Laura Stevely ... Sherlock's Mom
Layla Rose Boyce Layla Rose Boyce ... Nicotine Stains / Nancy
Sadie Newman ... Jane
Harry Baxendale Harry Baxendale ... Seamus
Ella Bright ... Bridgette
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A humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for crude sexual material, some violence, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Christophe Beck wrote a score for this film which was not used. See more »

Goofs

The film is set during the Victorian era, but most of the ladies on the Titanic are wearing Edwardian ball gowns. See more »

Quotes

Watson: [referring to Holmes being sick at morgue] Are you sure you wouldn't rather wait here because last time
[gestures vomiting and diarrhea]
Holmes: I told you, that was merely a bout of stomach influenza
Watson: Yes, but the time before that?
Holmes: Bad clams.
Watson: And before that?
Holmes: I shook hands with a prostitute.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a fake quote from a Hannah Montana episode; Season 2, Episode 4. "Logic is the sword by which we slay ancient superstitions. But lo, the heart has its own truths to tell us." See more »

Alternate Versions

US and international versions have two different pre-title scenes, showing how the pair first met:
  • In the US release, Watson helps a bullied Holmes when the two are children.
  • In the international release, Watson attempts suicide above Holmes' garden, where he is growing a large vegetable. Holmes manages to convince Watson not to, although he is actually suggesting alternative methods instead, which Watson misinterprets. Nevertheless, Watson accidentally falls onto Holmes' vegetable.
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Connections

Referenced in PWN: Just the Worst Movies - PWN #16 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile
from "Rigoletto"
Written by Giuseppe Verdi, Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (as Francesco Piave)
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Incredibly lazy, as a comedy and a film in general
15 July 2019 | by PhelixRothSee all my reviews

I honestly don't hate Reilly or Ferrell. I've seen both of them do fantastic jobs with decent scripts. This film...does not have one of those.

Holmes and Watson could have been great - after all, the Sherlock Holmes character, being such a cultural icon, is ripe for parody. But this movie does NOTHING with its premise. In fact, most of the script could just have been copy-pasted from your standard brainless buddy comedy set in modern America, with barely any changes.

For one thing, the film has barely any plot - instead, the titular characters simply stumble from one scene to the next, encountering various people of no real consequence (even Moriarty - played by the fantastic Ralph Finnes, a casting choice that would have been so much better in a serious adaptation - is barely in the movie and feels like an afterthought). And sure, not every comedy needs a strong plot; but when you're making a film about Sherlock Holmes, whose very character is built on strong murder mystery plots, you need to at least ATTEMPT to give your parody something of a story.

And for another, the jokes are just painful. As mentioned, most of them barely relate to the Sherlock Holmes character at all - they're just standard slapstick jokes transplanted into a Victorian setting, with barely any changes; or else painful attempts at being "topical" that'll feel horrendously outdated in a few months. The film makes no real effort to satirise the Holmes character - in fact, it never makes us feel like we're watching Sherlock Holmes or John Watson on the screen at all. Instead, we just feel like we're watching Will Ferrell and John C Reilly faffing around in costumes and putting on dumb accents, and the film never tries to convince us otherwise.

It's just low-effort tripe beginning to end. Modern comedy feels like a cesspit sometimes.


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Language:

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Release Date:

25 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,411,522, 30 December 2018

Gross USA:

$30,573,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,466,970
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