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Sherlock Gnomes also known as “Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes,” “Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes,” “Gnómeó és Júlia 2,” “Sherlock Gnomes e o Mistério do Jardim,” “Sherlock Koumes,” “Σέρλοκ Ζουμπόμς,” «Шерлок Гномс»

MPAA Rating: PG-Rating (MPAA) for some rude and suggestive humor.

Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger

Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Family • Kids
Animation Adventure Family Comedy 3D Sequel
1 hr. 26 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
March 23, 2018 (wide—3,500+ theaters)
DVD: June 12, 2018
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Relevant Issues
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Don’t take your friends, family, work partners or spouses for granted or be dismissive of them

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Caring for and respecting others

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The importance of showing appreciation for what others do for you

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Featuring: Emily BluntJuliet (voice)
Johnny DeppSherlock Gnomes (voice)
James McAvoyGnomeo (voice)
Michael CaineLord Redbrick (voice)
Chiwetel EjioforWatson (voice)
Maggie Smith … Lady Bluebury (voice)
Stephen Merchant … Paris (voice)
Mary J. Blige … Irene (voice)
Director: John Stevenson—“Kung Fu Panda” (2008)
Producer: Elton John … Executive Producer
Rocket Pictures [Great Britain]
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Paramount Animation
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Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Prequel: “Gnomeo and Juliet” (2011)

Not as witty as its predecessor, “Sherlock Gnomes” isn’t a terrible sequel; it goes through its plot quickly with a lot of action and a few mini life lessons along the way.

There isn’t much to the plot. The gnomes move to a new garden in the middle of London. Gnomes in their neighborhood begin to quickly disappear. When their family is taken, it’s up to Gnomeo and Juliet to join Sherlock Gnomes and Watson to solve the mystery before it’s too late.

The movie’s pace is pretty quick; there are hardly any wasted plot movements. I expect that some of the plot points will go over a child’s head. Gnomeo and Juliet argue, since she’s focused on rebuilding their garden, and he feels that she doesn’t listen to him. They argue like a Hollywood couple, so some younger kids may find this boring.

Content of concern

This movie is appropriately rated; younger children may find this scary. There are a lot of action scenes, loud noises, and scenes where gnomes are threatened with crushing or death. One of the gnomes is in love with a frog in the garden. They kiss in the end of the movie. When she asks how he learned how to kiss like that, he says he learned from the Internet.

One of the gnomes is named Mankini. He wears the infamous Borat thong-type mankini throughout the movie—“Sun's out, buns out.” The camera zooms in on his sunburnt butt cheeks at least 5 times, one time especially up close. Another gnome is on a toilet seat with his pants around his ankles. He’s shown dancing, and another time he leaves his toilet seat (pants down) and is clueless when people act shocked.

Why are people supposed to wear clothes? Answer

There are some replacements for curse words. There is a subtitle, using asterisks to curse. Other similar words are “fudge bucket,” “You're acting like a rear-end,” “fertilizer,” “Oh big hairy bums,” “cheese and crackers,” and “screw.”

Moral Lesson and discussion points

The movie’s moral lesson was my favorite: laying down your life for your friends and forgiveness. Sherlock Gnomes is willing to die for his partner Watson. It’s plainly stated, so if you do decide to take your child to this film, you could talk about appreciating your friends, not taking advantage of them, and forgiving them when they make mistakes. A discussion would be required afterwards because the movie only briefly states this before moving on. Most importantly, however, you can discuss how Jesus sacrificed his life for us, even though we sin.

Even though Sherlock Gnomes is more kid-friendly than the first film, I don’t recommend. I found it boring, and none of the kids in the theater laughed. However, if you’re really wanting to see a movie that is less objectionable than the current immoral trash that usually dominates the big screens, then this movie might be good enough for a single view.

  • Violence: Mild
  • Profane language: Minor
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Minor
  • Nudity: Moderate
  • Sex: Minor

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Secular Movie Critics
…With an uninspired vocal turn from Johnny Depp, “Sherlock Gnomes” is as slight as its heroes… “Sherlock Gnomes” doesn’t stand out from pack of family-friendly films… In terms of ranking these adaptations, "Sherlock Gnomes” is quite a bit more pleasant than "Peter Rabbit” but doesn’t touch the wonder of "Paddington 2.” …
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…Here’s a mystery for Sherlock Gnomes: What happened to the plot?… the animated garden ornaments movie franchise now seeks to exploit Sherlock Holmes, the legendary sleuth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary canon. “Sherlock Gnomes” is the resulting stoney baloney, an act of defilement akin to placing the film’s vulgar troll-on-toilet character on Sir Arthur’s grave… [1/4]
Peter Howell, Toronto Star Newspapers
…The ghost of Arthur Conan Doyle should tell them to get off his lawn. …The biggest problem is that this universe seems limited in its possibilities — imagine “Toy Story” with basically one kind of toy. …
Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times
…lazily conceived… clumsy mishmash of cutesy gnome-related humor, Holmesian mystery, and perfunctory action-comedy. Flitting from one half-backed set piece to the next at a breakneck clip…
Keith Watson, Slant
…They're wonderfully tactile eye candy, but the gnomes don't bring much to the party in the second of their mild, Elton John-fueled adventures. …seem to be casting about for something — anything! — to give their movie an identity, a hook beyond the noisy, frantic, and desperately tinny action on display. …
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…Guess you really can't go Gnome again. …Simply put, Sherlock Gnomes is a dreadful bore. …
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
…With little wit to its name, “Sherlock Gnomes” becomes far more tedious than playful. …the most consistent piece of amusement for the crowd I saw (of primary demographic) was the gnome who wears sunglasses and a pink bikini. A close-up shot of his butt got the biggest laugh. … [2]
Nick Allen,