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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 1,500-pound polar bear.


Tom McCarthy


Tom McCarthy (screenplay by), Stephan Pastis (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »





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
Arlo Weierhauser Arlo Weierhauser ... Flo (as Caitlin Weierhauser)
Alan H. King Alan H. King ... Principal Scrimshaw
Santiago Veizaga ... Gunnar
Ruby Matenko ... Maxine Schellenberger
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 1,500-pound polar bear.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, some language and mild action

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Odd, imperfect, but cute family film
3 April 2020 | by aidanratesmoviesSee all my reviews

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

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Release Date:

7 February 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airborne See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »


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$45,000,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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