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Mystery Team (2009)

Donald Glover , Aubrey Plaza , Dan Eckman  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Glover, Aubrey Plaza, Matt Walsh
  • Directors: Dan Eckman
  • Format: 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035LCV12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,454 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery Team" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Description

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 that’s been called “’Encyclopedia Brown’ meets NAPOLEON DYNAMITE meets ACE VENTURA” (

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HILARIOUS! December 8, 2010
By A. Ward
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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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43 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unconventional and Fun January 25, 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdism at its best November 28, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I HEAR THE MINK IS VERY GOOD HERE July 1, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Great February 19, 2011
By Ryan
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I saw this movie a year ago and was a little scetchy 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 comdey never had before. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE! February 17, 2011
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This was a great movie to kick back and enjoy without having to think too much. If you are a fan of the Derrick Comedy sketches, you will really enjoy this DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great comedy, glad to support these guys February 8, 2011
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I've always loved Derrick Comedy's sketches I'm glad to see how far they've come with this movie. It's hilarious and their sketch comedy humor translates very well into a full length film. I encourage you to support what these guys do and buy this movie. It's worth every cent.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Funny March 16, 2011
I watched this not expecting much, but I found it to be hilarious. At times the characters are a bit unbelievable, but it all lends itself to comic genius. There are many times in this movie where I laughed uncontrollably, I really loved the writing and the acting. The concept is very original (though the part where the group has a falling out is a common cliche), and they really follow through with it; not pulling any punches. I'm not sure how well the jokes will stand up to multiple viewings, but I think any fan of comedy movies should check out Mystery Team.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie
I love Donald Glover! However, this movie disappointed me. It was cute, but something I should have rented instead of purchased because I will never watch it again.
Published 17 days ago by Terry Lake
5.0 out of 5 stars Haha
I watched these guys when I was younger. Stupid humor but that was expected, great movie that I might buy!
Published 2 months ago by mykel niles
5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Glover is the man!
This is one of the most funniest movies ever. I have seen it over a dozen times and will likely watch it a dozen more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff!
This movie is a good time -- not a movie that will stick with you for the rest of your life and it may be one you're glad you didn't have to pay full movie ticket price for, but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fred H.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the funniest movies I've ever seen
One of the greatest comedies I've ever seen. I can't remember laughing so hard at a movie, I was on the floor laughing almost the entire time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Erik Darmstadt
5.0 out of 5 stars best comedy movie out there
this has got to be one of my favorite comedy movies of all time. its a movie you will never get tired of
Published 6 months ago by Omar Luna
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
An absolute cult classic in my opinion. I laughed out loud several times. It's like Dumb and Dumber but even more ridiculous if that's possible.
Published 6 months ago by David M. Roderick III
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a very good prouct, my son loves it. he watch this movie all day long, and it came in the mail so fast.
Published 10 months ago by R. Distiso
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Ovation!!!
This is greatest comedy movie I've ever seen!!!
DERRICK comedy has never failed at being funny!!!
If your a fan of comedy then you should own this movie!!!
Published 11 months ago by the_keys
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy!
I'm a big Donald Glover fan, this was the first thing I ever saw him. It was so funny, I started to watch "Community" which is now one of my favorite shows of all time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mitchell Malcolm
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