5+ The Kid Detective Reviews – When We’d Rather See The Kid, Not The Grown Up

The Kid Detective ⭐️½

Can’t remember the last time I wanted to see more of the flashback time than the present day, but that sort of sums up feelings generated here. It’s simply the kid felt more interesting.

Adam Brody is best known as hapless heartthrob Seth Cohen in teen melodrama The O.C., so there’s something cosmically appropriate about his role in The Kid Detective, in which he stars as a washed-up adult basking in the glory of his youthful successes. With his Chuck Taylors, casual blazers and messy hair, the 40-year-old Brody even looks like an all-grown-up version of his most famous character.

‘The Kid Detective’ Finds the Dark Humour in Being a Washed-Up Manbaby Directed by Evan Morgan

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

A Young Sherlock Holmes

There’s something cool about a kid who can solve almost everything. A prodigy detective with that one case that eludes him. This is what drives us to the adult story, the kid grown up now facing the failure of that unsolved case.

But I kept asking myself, what if we had stayed in the same time as the kid and let him work through solving that case as a kid? I know, I know, the case is an adult one, it’s not for kids, but that’s part of the beauty to the concept.

Guess I just kept watching this movie thinking about a different story I wanted to watch than what was on screen. That rarely happens. Not sure if props should be given for that or not.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Kid Detective?


  1. fanboyreviewer: “wasn’t a masterpiece, but it was a decent time in the theatre with a stellar lead performance along with a generally entertaining story”
  2. One Movie Our Views (3.5/4): “Maybe it’s because I used to love the Encyclopedia Brown books as a kid, but The Kid Detective simply hit all the right marks for me. If you are a fan of hardboiled detective movies, or films that successfully mimic that tone such as Brick and Assassination of a High School President, then this winking but loving homage proves to be a delightful and absorbing treat to watch.”
  3. Ready Steady Cut: “At first glance, a film starring Adam Brody as a down on his luck former child detective seemed easily dismissible. What could have been a poor homage to a clear rip-off of the USA network show Psych turns into a quietly effective gumshoe comedy with some heft.”
  4. rogerinorlando / Movie Nation (3/4): “With its lesser-known cast, “The Kid Detective” was always going to get lost in the cinematic shuffle, with or without a pandemic closing most theaters. But Morgan and his new muse have concocted a whodunit that could give Hercule Poirot a run for his money in a contest for the year’s best mystery.”
  5. The Canuck Critick: “I couldn’t help being reminded of investigation dramedies that Canadian Television does so well yet rarely does anymore, where a character resolves their lives alongside a mystery.”
  6. TheFlemishSeth: “Brody’s wildly fun performance makes The Kid Detective an unquestionably delightful experience, taking the mystery sub-genre to comedic highs while throwing a sincere adult coming-of-age story in the mix that’ll make you grin from ear to ear.”

Not Recommended

  1. Perry At The Movies (4/10): “Honestly, I’m finding it hard to find words to write a meaningful review on this film. Just like the movie, I’m all over the place and wish I could give you more, but alas you’re left thinking, “What was that?” Overall, I could only recommend watching this film on a streaming service. At least if you’re going to fall asleep, you can do it at home.”

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The Kid Detective ⭐️½

The Kid Detective – R – 1 hr 37 min
NO SPOILERS Movie Review
Watched in theater Tuesday October 20, 2020
AMC Kent Station 14 – Kent, Washington
#38 new movie seen in theater in 2020

Ahh yes, I like a good mystery, but alas, only part of that’s true here. The title sounds like something Disney+ might be showing too, but the subject matter, beyond the flashback scenes, is very adult-oriented.

Adam Brody plays a Abe Applebaum — goofy name, yes — a Sherlock Holmes wannabe, only he deals with cases that have more sentimental value than life changing significance. To drive home this point, he solves one case and gets “free ice cream for life.” There is one case, however, that dogs him. One case he was unable to solve: the abduction and disappearance of a young girl.

When he grows up, the time period where most of the film takes place, he looks hungover and disappointed in his life. I’d say suicidal-looking, but he’s not that desperate. I mean, seriously, he’s master youth sleuth Abe Applebaum. It’s almost like his name is infringing

A young woman comes to Applebaum with an intriguing mystery: find out who murdered her boyfriend. It’s only through a significant amount of bou

We’re off to figure out who abducted a girl when Applebaum was younger. She was never found dead and it’s the one and only case that Applebaum couldn’t solve. He keeps trying.

The middle killed it for me in this movie. It just meandered and became a lot of dialogue and chatting about the mystery vs. actually doing something significant to freaking solve the mystery. The first act is good and I suspected we’d be going a different direction. That’s how to hook me. Then it fell apart until the last 20 minutes or so where the mystery is solved — and, don’t worry no spoilers — I liked the ending.

So one star for the way it ended and a half star for starting out on a strong note. I just can’t give this any more love than that. Too bad, because I wanted to like this more than I did based on the opening. Kara enjoyed it more, giving it a full star higher than me. It doesn’t seem like a complete package to me, unfortunately. Not recommended.

Rating (out of 5 stars): ⭐️½ (Todd) ⭐️⭐️½ (Kara)

FIRST LOOK: The Kid Detective

Despite running this movie site and actively researching new movies coming out via multiple sources, sometimes I’ve noticed — and I don’t have an explanation why — movies just show up in the theater.

The Kid Detective is one of those movies.

I didn’t see it being talked about anywhere, didn’t see it on a release schedule, then AMC just reopens in our area and it’s showing at one of the reopened theaters as of the Friday schedule. I didn’t even see this as a movie that tickets could be preordered. This, along with it being a LIMITED release, explains why it wasn’t even included on our Wednesday post (see: Opening 10-16-2020 in Theaters: Honest Thief, 2 Hearts)

Curious, I did a little more digging on this movie and learned I’m not the only one pleasantly surprised when it showed up in theaters. Heck, Sony bought this movie and just put it out with little to no advance promotion. Thank you, Sony (definitely no sarcasm, we like new movies in theaters, more, more, more!)

With postproduction, we’ve been editing it all year. Film festivals have been mostly closed down and so we didn’t really get a chance to do that. Then Sony bought it, I don’t know, a month ago. Then last Monday, they go, “Hey, we’re going to put it on 1,000 screens, 850 screens in a week and then a bunch in the U.K. Here’s the publicity department. Talk to them, they’re going to cut a trailer.” So here we are, I’m doing press for a movie.

You didn’t know the movie was coming out until when?
Almost a week ago. It’s super weird and I want to be optimistic about it and I am … It’s so interesting and unlike anything, any road that any movie I’ve been on has traveled and we’ll see. But I’m pretty happy about it, I have to say.

Adam Brody Talks ‘The Kid Detective’ and Revisits Seth Cohen – The Ringer

Official trailer:

What do you think? Any interest in seeing?

The Kid Detective is open in LIMITED theaters as of October 16, 2020.