Mystery Team (2009)
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A pleasant, charming knockabout with a playfully imaginative sense of wit and a pleasingly assured visual style.
Just because you're a hit on YouTube doesn't mean you should be making movies.
Smutty, silly, groan-worthy in many places, inexplicably hilarious in others, Mystery Team is a guilty pleasure -- a deeply dumb movie made by pretty smart people.
Not surprisingly, especially for a movie heavy on college humor, the results are hit-and-miss. Some bits fall thuddingly flat, and the characters are rarely more than stick figures.
Does the thought of watching grown men act like socially awkward boy wonders, while everyone tries not to look confused at their golly-gee shenanigans, crack you up?
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Donald Glover carries the entire film and does a considerably funny job doing so, but it's not enough to keep the plot on track without any help from his costars.
"One big case. Zero clue."
A group of former Encyclopedia Brown-style child-detectives struggle to solve an adult mystery.
Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson and Dominic Dierkes play three 18 year-old boys who peaked when they were seven years old. A master of disguise, a boy genius and a tough kid, together they formed the Mystery Team, who would solve petty, childish mysteries around town for a dime a pop. They were beloved at the time, but when they're still at it 11 years later, it's kind of sad. One day a little girl brings them a grown-up mystery: her parents were murdered. It's out of their jurisdiction (they're usually occupied with finding out who stuck their finger in an old lady's boysenberry pie), but, pressured to grow up, they take the case.
Mystery Team is a parody of a phenomenon that was never itself a film: The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and especially Encyclopedia Brown. They manage to walk the line -- like the first Austin Powers film -- so that it's neither too wacky so you can't believe it and don't care about the characters, but not too boring that it's not full of subtle interplay. The main gag is the innocence of the boys, who are thrust into adult situations continually. It's all about the acting in this film, and kudos especially to Donald Glover. Dressing like an outrageous hobo, for example, could come across as really stupid in a film with Jim Carrey or Rob Schneider, who play up their roles too much. Donald manages to do it consistently. On top of that, there are a several delightful plot twists that you won't see coming. The film tries to balance the boys basically being incompetent with allowing them to succeed in a way that isn't too corny. It's laugh-out-loud funny throughout, a genuine must-see if you like intelligent edgy comedies. Note, it's not really meant to be a kids film. There's a lot of raunchy humor.
The humor grows grows on you eventually, leading to some outright guffaws.
Mystery Team Quotes
|Duncan:||Everything is in the toilet!|
|Jim:||Frank! Sometimes I wish you didn't beat that cancer. I really do.|
|Jason:||Paper plates? Are you expecting the pope?|
|Duncan:||Goodnight sweet hobo. May your bindle be heavy with treasures, but your heart be light with song.|
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