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Mystery Team

4.4 out of 5 stars 106 customer reviews

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They were kid detectives. Now they're eighteen and still solving child crimes. But when the Mystery Team is challenged to solve a murder, they see an opportunity to prove they're real detectives - and to save the world of sex, crime and swear words. From Derrick Comedy, the Internet sensation whose short films have been viewed over 100 million times, comes this strangely hilarious, completely unique film.

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The Internet sketch comedy troupe Derrick Comedy makes an impressive feature debut with this clever and frequently laugh-out-loud entertainment about a trio of former boy detectives who struggle to maintain their childhood fame while trying to solve a very grownup mystery. Three-fifths of the Derrick Comedy troupe--Donald Glover (Community), D. C. Pierson, and Dominic Dierkes, who together also wrote the film's script--play the Mystery Team, who once gained notoriety as preadolescent problem solvers (on the level of lost kittens and the like); now, as socially awkward teens, they stubbornly refuse to stop solving "mysteries," much to the chagrin of their parents and the community at large. But when a young girl hires them--at their standard rate of 10 cents--to discover her father's killer, the Mystery Team finds that real crime is a lot ickier than investigating the theft of a neighbor's pie. The freshness of the film's central concept, which spoofs kidhood sleuths like the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, is mined for all it's worth, and the clash between the deeply naive boys and the real world, with its gun-toting preteens and raunch, produces some genuinely hilarious moments. The premise doesn't hold up for the entire film's running time, and some of the gross-out gags seem unnecessary, but as a first film and introduction to Derrick Comedy for many viewers, Mystery Team feels assured and charmingly cracked. The DVD includes an amusing commentary track by all five Derrick Comedy members, who include director Dan Eckman and producer Meggie McFadden; fans of the group's Internet shorts will appreciate the details behind their leap to features, and newcomers will enjoy this extended opportunity to hear their creative collaboration at work. The deleted and extended scenes are actually as funny as what appears in the completed film (a rarity), as is the making-of featurette, which eschews the usual behind-the-scenes chitchat in favor of full-bore goofing around. Shot-on-video test footage of the opening scene and an interview with Glover in character round out the extras. --Paul Gaita
 
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  • Actors: Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza, Matt Walsh
  • Directors: Dan Eckman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035LCV12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Team" on IMDb

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By A. Ward on December 8, 2010
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Funny, funny, funny! These former fart joke writing, comedic sketch making actors really show their stuff in this genius idea of these kid detectives continuing their service as they graduate from high school. Donald Glover, (known for Community) really shows his acting skills as he acts as an innocent kid, protecting the world from sex, drugs, and swear words. If you like Derrick Comedy, you'll love their feature length movie "The Mystery Team."

All-Star quotes:
"The stage is wet and smells like cold cuts!"
"Chocolate milk just taste better than regular milk."
"Dad, mom wants me to go to a party with girls; isn't that gross?"
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An ambitious, never boring independent comedy with a ton of really funny scenes and a great cast. Buy this DVD or continue being a communist.
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My favorite comedies tend to be absurd comedies; movies where things happen that are so outside reality that you can just enjoy the trip on which the filmmakers are taking you. Great examples from the last 10+ years include Wet Hot American Summer, Black Dynamite, The Ten, and Hot Rod.

Add to that canon the hilarious and surprisingly effective Mystery Team.

Brought to you from DerrickComedy, the YouTube sketch troupe headed most famously by Donald Glover (of Community fame), Mystery Team is clearly a labor of love, a group of friends coming together to make a movie for the fun of making movies. And it really shows.

The story follows three former boy detectives who're approaching the end of high school, and are stuck in the stasis of their childhood fame. Just as they're approaching the end of their partnership, they're approached with a big case: A murder. Setting out to solve a grown-up crime using their kid-detective methods provides the film's insane comic premise.

What's most impressive about this film, apart from the hilarious script that's endlessly quotable, is the technical skill that went into making it. I was struck on the third or fourth viewing with the camerawork. It's often very adventurous, and renders colors gorgeously. It's the small but essential things like this, this attention to detail, that makes an already good movie great.

Comedy fans will recognize many familiar faces as well: Aubrey Plaza, Bobby Moynihan, Dotcom (from 30 Rock), Matt Walsh, and several others.

I recommend Mystery Team to anyone who loves the smarter side of absurdist comedy, a genre often marred with comparisons to schlock like Epic Movie and the Happy Gilmore productions. I could watch it a dozen times, and find new things to laugh about every time. It's a great piece of underground comedy lore, one you're almost guaranteed to enjoy if you give it a chance.
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I feel like some people don't "get" humor-jokes, y' know? Some people can't see right past the surface of things, I suppose. If you can't see past the poopy-doody-cocky-doody of a sophisticated poopy-doody-cocky-doody joke (yea, I sure did just say "sophisticated") then you should probably stay away from this - and if you can't agree that such a thing exists you should probably stop reading this review.

The crew (Derrick) that put this together is littered all over NBC's Thursday night line up as writers and actors (not too shabby at all). You'll notice a few notable comic cameos as well. If you are watching this flick and don't recognize anyone then the chances are you aren't really into funny things much. You should probably watch some more safely formulated sitcoms on the CBS line-up (not to say that CBS is the only one with those - they're just the easiest to point out).

Enough people have talked about plot and what-not. I'm just going to point out some more movies 'n' television that if'n you like 'em you probz want to check this here Mystery Teamz out: Hamlet 2, Wet Hot American Summer, Monty Python (any/all), The Tramp, Spaced, The Young Ones, The Honeymooners, Dark Crystal, THX 1138, Upright Citizen's Brigade, Kids In the Hall, and I Need That Record.
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I saw this movie a year ago and was a little sketchy on the story line and how it would be carried out for a good hour and a half. When I first saw it with my friends, we laughed so hard we had to rewind it at parts. This movie was so oddly original that it boggled my mind how not a lot of people know about it. I also like how it has the characters have a child like sense of wonder throughout the film, it really gave the movie something that any other crime comedy never had before. I highly recommend giving this movie a watch.
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This is an odd ball over the top, laugh out loud original comedy. Three high school boys who do not know the facts of life operate a dime stand kids detective agency. Jason (Donald Glover) is the master of disguises. He is a naive, nerdy, non-street smart Axel Foley. Duncan (D.C. Pierson) is the brains of the group because in the second grade he memorized a book of trivia. Charlie (Dominic Dierkes) is the muscle in the group, because he thinks he is tough.

They ride bicycles with white wall tires and communicate with walkie-talkies. When an 8 year old girl hands them a dime and asks them to find out who killed her parents, our heroes get way over they head as the comedy becomes non-stop. The trip to the gentleman's club was the funniest scenes in the film. Think of it as Napoleon Dynamite for adults.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, sex talk, nudity.
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