Okay, to start this review, I need to reveal a serious bias. I am entirely, unequivocally enamoured with the fantastic actor who is Adam Brody.
Since he stole hearts as the nerdy Seth Cohen during the freshman season of teen drama The O.C., I have absolutely adored him, and will watch any film that lists him in the credits.
That said, he has hurt me a few times – Yoga Hosers and CHIPS come to mind. But with The Kid Detective, I swear, Adam Brody puts in the performance of his career in a film that may just be the best comedy to hit theatres in 2020.
Once his small town’s resident sleuth, Abe Applebaum isn’t 12 anymore. He’s an overgrown, adult man clinging to his past as he works as an unlicensed P.I., trying to relive his glory days. He’s a drunk, an underachiever, and quite literally, a disappointment to the town.
And yet, Brody, with his plucky charm and wit, makes Applebaum a lovable loser, and the film is all the better for it. The 32-year-old Applebaum gets thrown back into the deep end when he’s presented a job – to solve the murder of a high school girl’s boyfriend.
As he unravels the seedy underbelly of his town, he finds some of the answers to his past in the process. This is an impeccable star performance for the underrated Brody, and also sees a lovely turn from Sophie Nelisse, of The Book Thief fame.
The Kid Detective looks, acts and thinks like an indie, and the budget is reflective of that.
But it’s all but guaranteed you’ll find incredible joy in writer-director Evan Morgan’s noir send-up, and Brody’s charming persona here.