Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

2020

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

Critics Consensus

A fun, fast paced film for all, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made celebrates the power of imagination with a delightful sense of humor and just the right amount of bears.

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Based on the best-selling book by Stephan Pastis, the Disney+ original movie "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" follows the hilarious exploits of Timmy Failure, a quirky, deadpan 5th grader from Portland who, along with a 1,500-pound polar bear named Total, operates Total Failure Inc., a detective agency. Somewhat of an outsider at his elementary school, Timmy is clueless but confident and wants to see his detective agency become the best in the world. But first he must navigate the world of adults around him, including his overburdened mother Patty, her well-meaning boyfriend Crispin, his teacher and nemesis Mr. Crocus, and Mr. Jenkins, a school-mandated guidance counselor, and figure out what it means to be normal when you know deep down inside you're different.

Cast

Ophelia Lovibond
as Patty Failure
Chloe Coleman
as Molly Moskins
Winslow Fegley
as Timmy Failure
Ruby Matenko
as Maxine Shellenberger
Allie Dunbar
as Vet Assistant
Sydney Winbush
as Purse Snatch Victim
Nicole Anthony
as Mrs. Novachek
Ai-Chan Carrier
as Corrina Corrina
Ai Chan Carrier
as Corrina Corrina
A. Brian Daniels
as Police Officer
Matt Lewis
as Scoutmaster
Jeff Sanca
as Bus Driver
Lilian McNeil
as Classmate
Nico Bustamente
as A.D.R. Looper
John Nania
as Masked Swordsman
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Critic Reviews for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (3)

  • There's a sequence about an hour in when "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" is briefly jolted from its hard-boiled slumber... More such scenes may have elevated it from simply being fodder for a streaming service.

    February 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There isn't enough in the way of good jokes or clever references... to make the film appealing, and the flatness of Timmy's delivery, which is supposed to scan as deadpan, doesn't contain enough nuances to make much of the humor land.

    February 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, Timmy himself proves oddly charmless, pathologically deluded, self-centred and heedless of the distress he causes others, not least his struggling single mother. We don't find out why he's like this, but the bear is amazing. Kids will love it.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Timmy Failure is a lovely collection of deadpan jokes.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A charming, very funny film...

    January 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • In his first feature since 2015's Oscar victor "Spotlight," the quiet humanity of McCarthy's filmmaking meshes oddly with the material's zanier demands, finally reaching an anodyne middle ground.

    January 26, 2020 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

  • Feb 25, 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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