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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020)

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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 1,200-pound polar bear.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Winslow Fegley ... Timmy Failure
Ophelia Lovibond ... Patty Failure
Wallace Shawn ... Mr. Crocus
Craig Robinson ... Mr. Jenkins
Kyle Bornheimer ... Crispin
Ai-Chan Carrier ... Corrina Corrina
Chloe Coleman ... Molly Moskins
Kei ... Rollo Tookus
Caitlin Weierhauser Caitlin Weierhauser ... Flo
Alan H. King Alan H. King ... Principal Scrimshaw
Santiago Veizaga ... Gunnar
Ruby Matenko ... Maxine Schellenberger
Sheldon Hanai Sheldon Hanai ... Corrina's Dad
Rachel Bentzen Rachel Bentzen ... Corrina's Nanny
Daniel Chai ... Doctor


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 1,200-pound polar bear.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and mild action

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Release Date:

7 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Kyle Bornheimer and Craig Robinson both had recurring characters on Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Teddy Wells and Doug Judy respectively. See more »


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Clever and Great for the Whole Family
25 February 2020 | by kjproulxSee all my reviews

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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