My Grandpa Detective
Detective Robert Whitmore is in for a surprise when he is assigned a new partner — his grandfather, whom he blames for the loss of his father as a boy. Due to a clerical error, Grandpa, a retired detective, has been forced out of retirement after twenty years. As the two generations try to solve an increasingly difficult case of the biggest, baddest, most brazen thief the department has ever seen, Whitmore is forced to deal not only with Grandpa, but with his feelings of bitterness and his own standing before God. “My Grandpa Detective” is a humorous story with a serious message of family and forgiveness.
“My Grandpa Detective” features drama, comedy, and inspirational storytelling. Its theme of forgiveness is the main thread, which is woven throughout the entire film. The acting is one of the strengths of the film, with fine performances by Stephen Hardy as Bobby; Garry Nation as Robert, his grandfather; and Stephen Ellerbeck as Bob, Bobby’s father. Glenda Warkentin plays Sassy, Bobby’s co-worker, who opens up the Bible to him and helps him find and offer forgiveness.
Bobby, who likes to be called Robert, was raised by his grandparents when his dad left home, promising to return. Unfortunately, his dad never came back. Bobby resented some of his grandfather’s strict ways, but eventually Sassy’s instruction to look to God and forgive helps Bobby to realize that his grandfather was the father he needed in his life. Some wacky characters make up the town of Brambleburg, but interesting events happen when Grandpa, 85, comes out of retirement for six days to work with Bobby as a detective.
The film has a few funny moments, including the great revelation of Bob being Bobby’s father, and they reveal the relationship in “Star Wars” fashion with the famous “I am your father” quotation and Bobby’s reply: “No. That’s not true. That’s impossible!” We are pleased to award this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus.