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The Kid Detective (15)

Cast: Sarah Sutherland, Sophie Nelisse, Adam Brody
Genre: Comedy
Author(s): Evan Morgan
Director: Evan Morgan
Release Date: 20/11/2020 (selected cinemas)
Running Time: 97mins
Country: Can
Year: 2020

Almost 20 years ago, Abe Applebaum was the cause celebre of the close-knit community of Willowbrook. As a fresh-faced teenager, Abe set up his own detective agency with mayor's daughter Gracie Gulliver as receptionist. When Gracie vanished without trace, Abe failed to unmask the culprit. Now 32, Abe stills runs the detective agency. Out of the blue, high school student Caroline sombrely enters his office. "Somebody murdered my boyfriend. He was stabbed 17 times," she reveals.


 

LondonNet Film Review
The Kid Detective (15)

Writer-director Evan Morgan’s genre-bending debut feature is a delightfully deadpan anthem to doomed youth, which becomes increasingly dark and twisted as desires in the characters’ blackened hearts are revealed. A script laced with wry humour delights in confounding expectations, lulling us into a false sense of security with a gently paced, sun-dappled opening to establish the crime-solving credentials of a 13-year-old in a sleepy town at the mercy of the mysterious Red Shoe Gang. Initially, the tone is more Scooby-Doo than grizzled gumshoe as the prepubescent hero uses logic to crack minor classroom misdemeanours and deduce the identity of a student who pilfered school funds…

When reality bites in the present day, the central character’s wide-eyed, youthful optimism has festered into regret and deep self-loathing, rooted in his inability to solve one case that struck painfully close to home. Old tricks like hiding in a closet to spy on suspects, which might have been cute as a pint-sized PI, are no longer appropriate, causing one frustrated police constable (Maurice Dean Wint) to snap, “you can’t run around calling yourself a detective and expect everyone to play along!” Gossip Girl alumnus Adam Brody is handsomely cast as the child prodigy turned dishevelled town outcast, who is viewed as a joke, even by his own parents.

Almost 20 years ago, Abe Applebaum (Brody) was the cause celebre of the close-knit community of Willowbrook. As a fresh-faced teenager, Abe (played in flashback by Jesse Noah Gruman) solved dozens of crimes and set up his own detective agency with mayor’s daughter Gracie Gulliver (Kaitlyn Chalmers-Rizzato) as receptionist. When Gracie vanished without trace on a walk home from school, Willowbrook expected Abe to unmask the culprit. “We’re all really counting on you,” cooed one classmate. He couldn’t and the guilt warped Abe’s glittering future. Now 32, Abe stills runs the detective agency with a sardonic goth receptionist called Lucy (Sarah Sutherland).

Disappointed townsfolk lavish him with disdain and his parents (Jonathan Whittaker, Wendy Crewson) frequently bail him out of financial holes. Out of the blue, high school student Caroline (Sophie Nelisse) sombrely enters his office. “Somebody murdered my boyfriend. He was stabbed 17 times,” she reveals. Abe nervously agrees to take on his first murder case and help Caroline make sense of her loss. Expert testimony from the victim’s so-called friends (“He was very impatient with handicapped people”) provide pieces of a perplexing puzzle.

The Kid Detective is galvanised by the compelling dynamic between Nelisse’s grief-stricken girlfriend and Brody’s fallen wunderkind. Their offbeat double-act provides flecks of irreverent humour as the plot untangles with plentiful kinks to keep audiences guessing about what happened to Gracie that fateful day. Jaw-dropping revelations in a hurriedly engineered final act are creepily satisfying and send a shudder down the spine.

– Jo Planter


London Cinemas Showing The Kid Detective


From: Friday 20th November
To: Thursday 26th November

From: Friday 27th November
To: Thursday 3rd December

UK and Irish Cinemas Showing The Kid Detective


From: Friday 20th November
To: Thursday 26th November

Eden Court

Fri/Sat/Thu 11:00 (Fri) 19:30; Sun/Mon 14:00 19:30 (Sun)

Everyman Cardiff

Tue/Thu 14:00 (Thu) 18:15; Wed 14:15 17:00

Maxime Cinema

Fri 17:30 20:00; Sat/Sun 17:00 19:45 (Sat); Thu 14:45 20:00

Moray Playhouse

Fri 16:30 19:30; Sat 16:30 20:00; Sun 13:00

Pavilion

Fri-Sun 19:40

Reel Cinema Port Talbot

Fri/Mon-Thu 17:00 19:10; Sat/Sun 16:30 19:10

Regent Cinema

Fri-Mon/Thu 19:15

Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw

Tue-Thu 11:20 14:30 17:30 20:30

Studio Cinema

Fri-Sun/Thu 17:45; Mon/Tue 17:30

The Gwyn Hall

Fri/Thu 17:00 19:30; Sat 16:30 19:15; Sun 16:00

From: Friday 27th November
To: Thursday 3rd December

Everyman Cardiff

Fri 20:30; Sat/Wed 18:00; Sun 17:45; Mon 19:15; Tue 12:30; Thu 17:15

Libanus 1877

Fri-Mon 19:30

Reel Cinema Port Talbot

16:30 (Sat/Sun) 19:10