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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020)

Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
Rayting:   6.1/10
Country: USA
Language: English

An 11 year old boy who believes that he is the best detective in town runs the agency Total Failures with his best friend, an imaginary 1,500 pound polar bear.

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bobbyd61074 10 February 2020

This movie is no failure. But I'm not sure it's a complete success either. I laughed more than my nine year old son did. Additionally, I found myself pausing the movie frequently to explain how much of what was being seen on screen was in the young boys head. And that he was the only one playing along with his imagination/fantasy. The rest of the cast were his foils...not really in on his schemes.

For no other reason, it's worth seeing for the imaginative script. The lead actor kind of wore on me. The monotone thing was only cute for so long. He needed a little bit more range. May not be the youngsters fault rather the director's box that he was put in. Either way prepare for a mini Joe Friday..."Just the Facts Mam" from credits to credits.

This is an odd one. Funny while tip toeing in the pediatric learning disability/mental illness waters. This is a good thing. My son actually asked me to pause the movie during a scene where the protagonist found himself in trouble in school due to his wild imagination. My son proceeds to share how difficult concentrating in class is for him. This was so interesting because lately I've noticed some things that made me wonder about ADHD. I'm not going to diagnose him but I will now look into this. The fact that he initiated this conversation came across like he was asking for help so help it will be. I love him! This wasn't my favorite movie but it may have helped my family and possibly help others too. Well done!

markcaron-82524 9 February 2020

Watched this with my kids (8 & 10) and we loved it. Between the great casting and acting from everyone (especially Flo) to the main character's (Timmy Failure's) hard boiled and dry delivery of almost every line, this movie is spot on. Settle in for a fun detective adventure that weaves the quirkiness of Portland with the absurdities of an unsupervised, intelligent kid's imagination as he tries to solve his next case involving the class hamster, the "Russians", and a Segway.

cjwilkinson-81808 9 February 2020

But it's a very good joke - laugh out loud funny at times. And there's a lot more to it than that - this movie is well worth a watch.

funbntampa 19 February 2020

Maybe not for very impressionable young, but if you get that its a spoof; its is hiliarious ! I laughed and laughed. it came at a good time, I needed an ALL OUT laughfest and this movie provided it. I'll watch it 3 or 4 times, I was laughing so hard, I'm sure I missed things !

mandokal 16 February 2020

This kid's inner narrative, as well as his laser focus on the imaginary while remaining oblivious to the obvious, will be reminiscent a lot of our own childhoods if we grew up with undiagnosed autism.

questl-18592 10 February 2020

Timmy Failure is a fun, creative little movie with a few surprisingly good moments that somehow doesn't add up to a great flick. There's an awkwardness here that seems partly intentional and yet its still awkward. There's also a polar bear that's funny at times but also complete nonsense.

This is a kids movie though so maybe kids would get more out of it. It's not bad, it's just not amazing either.

dwright-39 9 February 2020

Nice film. This little guy(the actor) is really talented. Haven't seen him before but I'm sure I will again. lol

Have to say though, from a movie perspective, I found this little guy to be sooo cute! lol I mean really, man. lmao What a clever little rascal. The pace of the movie was pretty decent and the writing was on point in my opinion. overall a good film and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. BUUT! I gotta say, I couldn't help getting annoyed and agitated at how the mother was parenting and how the general adults treated his cute but disrespectul disposition and lack of discipline. Though this is a movie, this IS, unfortunately, how too many ppl raise their kids. They want to be friends instead of disciplinarians. I have no problem with nurturing their skills, encouraging those lil quirks and unique characteristics(which is absolutely the way to go in my opinion, because that is how we let them become who they truly are and reach their full potential). But the problem is usually parents forget to also maintain the parent/child dynamic. So sure, the child grows up all clever and sharp but what happens when these clever, smart people are confronted with adversity? You know when life does it's life thing. When they don't get their way? When they get outsmarted or cheated or disrespected or heartbroken? What lessons of self discipline, self constraint and taking the high road and being the bigger person and understanding that you, as the song says, can't always get what you want will come into play? THIS is why we have so many cold, self-centered in the world. Adults have no idea how to deal because they were neglected the simple basic lessons of life that help us all live together on this one rock as big/small as it is. Sure, it may seem like I'm making a big deal out of a non-issue, but that kind of thinking too, is why the world is like it is. Start teaching children EARLY about discipline. Not to mention I lost count how many times this little boy could have been in danger. Children need to know that they are not grown. The world is too dangerous and THAT is not cute. But anyway, like I said, as a movie? Nice one. I would definitely recommend but, ppl, DISCIPLINE your children and stop trying to be BFF's. You're parents. You don't need to be BFF's. They can't change who u are. You will be their parents forever. TEACHING! That is your number one job! They and the world will thank you for it. We have enough driven, smart, successful, morally bankrupt ppl in the world.

aidanratesmovies 3 April 2020

Although its wild premise is still mildly enjoyable, Timmy Failure suffers most from being too similar to other films of its kind, and not having much to show for itself. Winslow Fegley plays Timmy and throughout the film is surprisingly pretty good. The standout for me was Craig Robinson as the school counselor, who not only provided a much more down to earth emotional balance, but provided the strongest performance in my opinion as well. The film can be pretty funny from time to time, but the jokes really do seem to be all in one thing. The script can be quite average, and the story doesn't seem to know what to do with itself. Various plot points are expanded on within the film, but none truly seem to be that interesting to follow, or seem to hit their mark. The film can have a bit of a problem with pacing at times, and several eye-roll like moments throughout, but it does have its moments. In the end, Timmy Failure seems like a bit of a missed opportunity, but for those willing to give it a watch, its a cute film with a good message, and certainly isn't a total waste of time. My Rating: 6.25/10

tknm-40555 21 April 2020

If you are stuck at home I absolutely recommend this very clean comedy!

csnwdave 9 February 2020

If you don't love this movie I feel sorry for you living in your sad cynical life. Great acting and awesome story. As a true Portlandian I feel it captures the heart and soul of all that is special about this city. No mistakes will be made watching this movie.

astephanie-chamberlain 27 February 2020

I usually enjoy most Disney movies, even as an adult, but I really disliked this movie. I don't think the main character is a very good example for children, and for adults, the character development I was expecting isn't there (a lot more could have been done given the scenario), so you will basically waste an hour and a half waiting for something to happen to make the movie a bit more worthwhile and be very disappointed in the end.

kjproulx 25 February 2020

When the Disney+ streaming service first launched, it was really The Mandalorian series that drew everyone in initially, but the ones who have stuck around, just appreciate the catalogue of content for a low price. Luckily, for those who have stuck around and are eagerly awaiting series' like Falcon and the Winter Solider and Wadavision, like myself, there is a great backlog of classic and a few originals to keep you subscribed. One of the most recent Disney+ originals is the film Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made. While the budget feels small and it feels like a movie that was made for television, it's also far better than I was expecting and I kind of wish kids had the chance to see this one on the big screen.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made follows a young boy who believes he is actually a licensed detective and can solve any mystery that the town presents to him. He partners up with his imaginary Polar Bear friend as they search for clues to very silly mysteries. Believing that Russians are evil and are behind certain things was a very funny subplot that had me chuckling on multiple occasions, but it really was the enjoyable performance by young Winslow Fegley that sold the movie for me. I think he has the perfect presence for family movies like this.

Now, this central character may be annoying to some viewers, as he is quite the smart-aleck when he speaks to adults, but if you can get past that, he's a very fun and funny character to follow. The clever humour spread out throughout this film and the quick cutaways are really what held my attention the entire run-time. This is a very quippy movie that doesn't skip a beat. Not only is this movie very funny, in terms of humour aimed at children, but it's also filled with very nice life lessons that parents may even latch onto, depending on certain behaviours of their children.

What I mean by this, is the fact that there is a lot of attention placed on the fact that this is a very unique young boy. Many characters look at him as an outsider or a nuisance, but where the film takes that was very well-done, even if it felt familiar. This is a very effective movie all around. Yes, as I said, it feels familiar in the way it resolves storylines in the third act, but it does a great job in getting you to care about the characters at hand, which at least makes everything worth it. For adults, I can see them finding enjoyment, but for kids, I can't recommend this one enough.

Overall, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a very well-done movie all around. From the clever writing aimed at children to the life lessons presented throughout the third act, this film is for all ages. It's very rare that a movie that's this kid-friendly is as good as it is, so I believe this one should be celebrated. If you're a fan of movies, no matter what ages they're for, or if you have kids to show it to, then Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a very good one. If you fall in either of those categories, definitely give this one a shot. It's now streaming on Disney+.

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