“HOLMES & WAT­SON”

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With a heavy dose of satire added to an iconic premise, this spoof reteams Will Fer­rell and John C. Reilly – who worked to­gether sev­eral times pre­vi­ously (“Step Broth­ers,” “Tal­ladega Nights: The Leg­end of Ricky Bobby,” etc.) – as the leg­endary, Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle-cre­ated Bri­tish sleuths. A mur­der sus­pect be­lieved to be their arch en­emy Pro­fes­sor Mo­ri­arty isn’t, so Sher­lock Holmes (Fer­rell) and Dr. Wat­son (Reilly) pur­sue the real Mo­ri­arty (Ralph Fi­ennes), who has plans for an even more sen­sa­tional crime that could throw all of Eng­land into chaos. The hu­mor here is pretty low­brow, but it’s mildly in­ter­est­ing to see this sort of take on such a well-known fran­chise. Hugh Lau­rie (“House”) ap­pears as Sher­lock’s brother My­croft, with Re­becca Hall, Rob Bry­don, Kelly Mac­don­ald, Steve Coogan and Lau­ren Lap­kus also fea­tured. DVD ex­tras: three “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries; deleted scenes; “Line-O-Rama.” ★★ (PG-13: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

John C. Reilly and Will Fer­rell

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