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The Kid Detective

The Kid Detective
The Kid Detective
The Kid Detective
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh85%
Common Sense Media Iconage 15+
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A once-celebrated kid detective, now 31, 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.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh85%
Critics Consensus: A low-key charmer led by Adam Brody's sharp performance, The Kid Detective uncovers dark comedy in a story of unfulfilled childhood potential.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dark whodunit comedy has a message; also drinking, drugs.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Kid Detective is a comedic mystery about what happens to a prodigy who's burdened by high expectations. Abe Applebaum (Adam Brody) gained notoriety as a child detective who failed when he wasn't able to solve the mystery of his best friend's disappearance. As an adult, he's somewhat of a town joke, and he wallows in his self-doubt and self-pity by drinking heavily; drug paraphernalia is also seen. He takes a murder case involving a high school honors student. Subjects like teen sex, suicide, drug dealing, and homelessness are touched on, but the only character actually taking drugs is Abe. One joke involves him hiding while searching for evidence and getting trapped in a little girl's closet -- when he's caught, the town believes he's a pedophile. Characters smoke, including an older teen girl who's briefly seen nude in a photo. A naked man's bare backside is also shown, and sex is described. Strong language includes "s--t" and "f--k."

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:October 16, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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