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The World Famous Kid Detective

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slow-moving, low-budget mystery has some violence.

Movie NR 2013 62 minutes
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While the idea has promise -- a boy who loves the world of noir fiction and film so much that he "works" as a detective -- the execution leaves much to be desired. Lines are delivered in the familiar singsong of the untrained performer, and staging is awkward. This sounds technical, but audiences used to polished commercial film and television will, consciously or unconsciously, read these deficits as signals of amateur work. The tone is largely comic, but adult viewers will worry about young children forced to care for themselves as a normal part of their lives. The situation brings out their survival skills and maturity, but it also feels worrisome that the kids live with no adult supervision. The message may be that kids can live out their important fantasies without interference by adults, and this effort to de-emphasize adults is underscored by the choice to present adult characters only from the neck down, sometimes only by close-ups of their shoes. There are better mysteries out there.

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