The Kid Detective (2020) Movie Review ‘What a Treat’

Director: Evan Morgan

Writer: Evan Morgan (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Brody, Sophie Nelisse, Tzi Ma, Peter MacNeill, Maurice Dean Witt, Jonathan Whittaker, Wendy Crewson, Sarah Sutherland

Plot: A once-celebrated kid detective, now 32, continues to solve the same trivial mysteries between hangovers and bouts of self-pity. Until a naive client brings him his first ‘adult’ case, to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend.


Tagline – No longer a kid. Not much of a detective.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Kid Detective starts as we meet the washed-up former kid detective Abe Applebaum (Brody) who became the go to guy for small mysteries around the town, before things dried up for him, now 32-years-old, where he tends to get drunk only to find himself doing the pointless cases.

This changes with Caroline (Nelisse) arriving in his office, asking for help to solve the murder of her boyfriend, a murder the police were unable to solve.

Thoughts on The Kid Detective

ThoughtsThe Kid Detective is a mystery comedy that will show us how a man who has spent his life believing he was a brilliant detective, only for things to dry up after the cases start falling apart. He is given a chance to redeem himself with the latest case, one that will open up the old wounds from the unsolved case which nearly ruined him. This will put Abe through the comedic locations of finding the truth, through the different people from his past which would have cause him to understand the truth about previous cases, he was so quick to solve. Adam Brody is brilliant in this leading role, bringing the downbeat character to life, while having time to add a small amount of comedy to what we see. The mystery itself will keep us guessing towards the truth, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. This is a treat of a movie that only gets better as more is revealed.

Final Thoughts The Kid Detective is a brilliant movie, with a dark tale and a stunning performance from Adam Brody.

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