‘Bad Detectives‘ is an indie comedy mystery helmed by Presley Paras in his directorial debut and written by Chris Johnson. The movie was made by Mutiny Pictures.
Ping Liu (Dralla Aierken) and Nic O’Connell (Freya Tingley) were childhood friends, but had a falling out. However, after their grandfathers pass away, the two return to Los Angeles to find out they have inherited a detective agency. Their lawyer Mr. Strathmore (Jim Meskimen) pressures them to sell the building to Assemblyman Wei (Victor J. Ho), a lawmaker who is flipping properties. His assistant Tony Chow (Steven Chan) warns them something is up and after one of their friends is killed, the women begin to wonder about the death of their grandfathers and their final case.
Okay, I enjoyed this film. It is not pretentious and just gives you a good time with its two quirky protagonists. My one complaint about it is that it opens too many subplots. Of course, there is sequel potential and I hope that the filmmakers are considering this idea. I think there is a trilogy in here somewhere especially with the tease at the climax.
Now, the movie does a certain B-movie indie comedy mystery quality, but it was enjoyable and I had a very good time while watching it.
I enjoyed Aierken and Tingley’s banter. The two of them had really good synergy as frenemies. With both having their own problems, the two of them are like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson if they hated each other. I thought their banter was the best part of the film. As for the rest of the cast, they all did a good job with their roles. In the context of this feature, I cannot find fault in it. Caylee Cowan had a cameo and that was a treat.
Bottom line, Bad Detectives is a fun mystery and a great deal entertaining. The two leads make the movie a blast and you enjoy yourself as you watch it.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong language, Violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: I’m a lawyer, not a therapist.
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