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The Kid Detective
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:19:49 PM »
I saw this yesterday and thought (a bit like "Promising Young Woman") rode the line between black comedy and just "Oh God no" drama/thriller business really well.

I love a modern detective film along the lines of "Brick" and "Gone Baby Gone" so this was right up my street. Good performances all round, a brilliant cut-to a policeman asking the main character what the fuck he was doing and one of the funniest (but not "funny") endings of a film I've seen in ages.


Re: The Kid Detective
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2021, 01:38:24 PM »
Yeah I really enjoyed this. Reminded me of The Zero Effect a bit, with a bit of a Royal Tenenbaums "life never got better than childhood" vibe to it. I liked the central mystery and resolution as well

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Re: The Kid Detective
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2021, 11:03:29 AM »

Nice job subverting the detective drives really shitty old convertible that was once a glorious car trope with detective driving fairly nice old convertible that was shit when new. Now I have to watch it.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2021, 11:05:29 AM »
Nice job subverting the detective drives really shitty old convertible that was once a glorious car trope with detective driving fairly nice old convertible that was shit when new. Now I have to watch it.

It's subverted in that he doesn't drive it, the girl who hires him drives him around in it.

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Re: The Kid Detective
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2021, 04:51:03 PM »
Fans of amazingly funny Canadian comedy might be interested to know that Jay McCarrol, co-creator of Nirvanna The Band The Show, did the soundtrack for this film.

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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2021, 05:24:49 PM »
Where are you all watching this? A review caught my eye the other day but couldn't see it on iTunes, Netflix or the other places...

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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2021, 05:53:59 PM »
Fans of amazingly funny Canadian comedy might be interested to know that Jay McCarrol, co-creator of Nirvanna The Band The Show, did the soundtrack for this film.
And it's written and directed by Evan Morgan, who worked on with Jay and Matt (amongst others) on The Dirties which I think starts from the sort of place in NtBtS in some ways, but to a different end.

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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2021, 06:39:47 PM »
Fans of amazingly funny Canadian comedy might be interested to know that Jay McCarrol, co-creator of Nirvanna The Band The Show, did the soundtrack for this film.

Furthermore the director Evan Morgan worked on the original NTBTS webseries (he plays one of the guys who auditions to be in Jay’s band when he and Matt break up after Jay “curses the hole” on wii golf). He was also a writer/producer/editor on Matt Johnson’s first film “The Dirties”. After the success of The Dirties Matt Johnson was attached to a film version of Encyclopedia Brown so I wonder how much of that became this.

And it's written and directed by Evan Morgan, who worked on with Jay and Matt (amongst others) on The Dirties which I think starts from the sort of place in NtBtS in some ways, but to a different end.

Oh that’ll teach me to forget about writing a post for an hour halfway through

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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2021, 06:53:38 PM »
Your webseries nugget is a lot more interesting!

Re: The Kid Detective
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2021, 03:56:00 PM »
Spoilers for the ending:
I liked the reveal of whodunnit and didn’t see that coming at all, but the fact that Gracie was still alive and the only thing trapping her was a shed that didn’t even seem to be locked was a serious misstep in my opinion. I don’t get what her surviving adds to the narrative. Apart from that I liked the movie a lot. Adam Brody was excellent.

Saw a review on letterboxd where someone gave the movie 2 stars and said they saw the twist coming from 5 minutes in, which is so impossible that it made me laugh.

Re: The Kid Detective
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2021, 06:31:04 PM »
Spoilers for the ending:
I liked the reveal of whodunnit and didn’t see that coming at all, but the fact that Gracie was still alive and the only thing trapping her was a shed that didn’t even seem to be locked was a serious misstep in my opinion. I don’t get what her surviving adds to the narrative. Apart from that I liked the movie a lot. Adam Brody was excellent.

Saw a review on letterboxd where someone gave the movie 2 stars and said they saw the twist coming from 5 minutes in, which is so impossible that it made me laugh.

It very prominently had an enormous iron bar locking it, grates over the windows, et cetera, plus she had been held captive at that point for 15 years and was psychologically damaged beyond the point of escape. Her surviving and him finding her plays into the darkly comic ending that he finally completes his act of heroism and everything is still just the most depressing version imaginable.

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« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2021, 01:40:32 AM »
It very prominently had an enormous iron bar locking it, grates over the windows, et cetera, plus she had been held captive at that point for 15 years and was psychologically damaged beyond the point of escape. Her surviving and him finding her plays into the darkly comic ending that he finally completes his act of heroism and everything is still just the most depressing version imaginable.

I saw the window grate but missed the iron bar somehow. It was still h a pretty regular looking wooden shed, you could probably put your foot through it by accident. I couldn’t suspend my disbelief that anyone could possibly have been shacked up in there for 15 years, and if she had been dead he would have still solved the mystery. All just a matter of personal opinion though, perhaps on a rewatch I’ll be more into it.

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