A once-celebrated kid detective, now 32, 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.

Pam says:

The title suggests a kid’s movie, but make no mistake, this is anything but that.  Adam Brody takes on the lead role as Abe, the kid who never really grew up and still fantasizes about being a local Sherlock Holmes.  As a past unsolved mystery of the disappearance of his best friend Gracie haunts Abe, he wallows in the guilt as the ghosts of yesteryear are awakened.  When a new opportunity to prove himself is presented as  Caroline (Sophie Nelisse) hires him to solve the murder of her boyfriend, even Abe begins to question his abilities.

Expecting a light-hearted comedy, I quickly realized it was more of a coming-to-terms type of coming-of-age story for Abe.  While there were some silly and awkward positions, these were juxtaposed by maudlin and disturbing concepts and images.  Lacking energy and pacing, there’s never a connection with Abe, but the story hooks you and pushes you to stay and find out how all the pieces of this puzzle fit together.

*Rated R*

2 Stars

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