The Cassidy Kids

Murder meets teenage angst in the film The Cassidy Kids. Five teens become instant heroes when they seemingly solve a murder in their small town. The incident spawns a hit Saturday morning television series, complete with lunchboxes and action figures. Of course, there’s a lot less blood in the television series, and the pimple faced, sullen teens have been replaced by bright, happy kids.

Fast forward to today. It’s been 25 years since the murder. A documentary film crew reunites the five heroes, but things don’t go exactly as planned. Most of them have done very little with their lives (who can live up to being an action figure?), and their once close friendships are strained. Worst yet, as they start talking, they realize they might have gotten it wrong; maybe they didn’t solve the case after all.

Stick around after today’s screening, there’s a Q&A with Cassidy Kids producer/co-writer Bryan Poyser. 7:30 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-4853 or visit www.ricecinema.rice.edu. $8 to $10.
Fri., April 4, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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