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"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?"
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Donald Glover is hilarious, this movie is so stupid and rediculous that you can't help but laugh at all the antics that are going on in this film.Published 3 months ago by Guy With The Face
This movie was everything I hoped it would be and then somePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Worth every penny. I watched it alone and still was rolling with laughter. The cast is great, so many great performances by quite well know actors and of course Donald Glover is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Powers