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Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019)

Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (original title)
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In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.


Rob Letterman


Dan Hernandez (screenplay by), Benji Samit (screenplay by) | 9 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Detective Pikachu
Justice Smith ... Tim Goodman
Kathryn Newton ... Lucy Stevens
Bill Nighy ... Howard Clifford
Ken Watanabe ... Lieutenant Hide Yoshida
Chris Geere ... Roger Clifford
Suki Waterhouse ... Ms. Norman
Josette Simon ... Grams
Alejandro De Mesa ... Bartender
Rita Ora ... Dr. Ann Laurent
Karan Soni ... Jack
Max Fincham ... Young Tim Goodman
Simone Ashley ... Girlfriend
Edward Davis Edward Davis ... Boyfriend
Diplo ... DJ


The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry's former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City--a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world--they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The original game had unresolved plot points and a sequel that was released after the movie, so the movie comes up with its own ending See more »


The Gyarados in the Pokemon battle depicted in the Rhyme City railway video was on the ground. Gyarados is a flying/ water type Pokemon and should've been in a state of levitation. See more »


[first lines]
Mewtwo: They're outside.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear in a sequence of manga/anime images of events/characters from the film. The characters mimic the artwork of lead Pokémon series designer, Ken Sugimori. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Emma Thompson/Jonas Brothers (2019) See more »


Written by Christopher John Emerson, Skrillex (as Sonny Moore) and Kristy Lee Peters
Arranged by Jeff Morrow
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User Reviews

Phenomenal design of the Pokémon weighed down by a poor story
15 May 2019 | by jackgdemossSee all my reviews

All props to the designers in charge of the Pokémon because they looked brilliant. The only two positives of this movie were how well done the Pokémon were, and Ryan Reynolds' performance as Pikachu. It is fairly rare that I will trash a particular actor, but Justice Smith almost ruined this film alone. I am shocked that a more talented soul was not cast to play our human protagonist. It didn't help his situation that the story he was cast into was as boring as they come. Thankfully, the beauty of the Pokémon and the novelty of seeing them in a live-action world was able to carry this film to watchable levels.

As a footnote, I would pay top dollar to see all of the films in a Kevin Feige-written 10 year plan of 20 Pokémon movies. This is one of very few universes that have the potential to rival what Marvel has done with the Infinity Saga, but it will take a lot of talented individuals that I am all but certain Warner Brothers and The Pokemon Company do not currently have.

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Release Date:

10 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,365,242, 12 May 2019

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1 | Dolby Atmos | Dolby Atmos (Dolby Atmos+Vision)| DTS (DTS: X)| SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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