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Mystery Team (2009)

A group of former Encyclopedia Brown-style child-detectives struggle to solve an adult mystery.

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Dan Eckman

Writers:

D.C. Pierson (screenplay), Donald Glover (screenplay) | 6 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Glover ... Jason
D.C. Pierson ... Duncan
Dominic Dierkes ... Charlie
Aubrey Plaza ... Kelly
Glenn Kalison ... Robert
Peter Saati Peter Saati ... Leroy
Kay Cannon ... Destiny
Bobby Moynihan ... Jordy
Matt Walsh ... Jim
John Lutz ... Frank
Robbie Sublett ... Ricky Appleman
Tom Shillue ... Alan McGinty
Kevin Brown ... Bouncer
Ellie Kemper ... Jamie
Jon Daly ... Greg
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Storyline

Three clueless high school nerds, best friends for years, call themselves the "Mystery Team" and solve neighborhood crimes - such as who poked a finger in a pie cooling on a window ledge - cute at seven but foolish at 18. Then, one morning, a young girl pays them a dime to find out who murdered her parents the night before and took her grandmother's ring. Using inept methods, the team lucks onto the trail of the bad guys. Can they bumble to success and a renewed reputation? And what about coming of age? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One big case. Zero clue.

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

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Rated R for crude sexual content, nudity, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,840, 30 August 2009

Gross USA:

$77,126
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1.78 : 1
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The color of the bikes that the team rides matches the color of their sneakers. See more »

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After Jason is shot, he leans against wood. When he gets up, there is no blood on the wood. See more »

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Duncan: Looks like we've got a long night of cocaine ahead of us.
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Fun Indie Comedy Missing Only One Thing
22 February 2012 | by curtis-8See all my reviews

I enjoyed the ultra-low budget "Mystery Team" a whole lot, just like I enjoyed the equally low budget comedy "The Foot Fist Way." The concept is a great one--three grown men who used to be a locally famous mystery solving team when they were kids (like Mystery Incorporated or the Hardy Boys) but who never grew out of it. The jokes and the story are funny, but the premise isn't set up early enough in the story. It seems to me like a whole opening segment is missing--one that showed the Mystery Team as children solving at least one kiddie mystery and becoming famous for it. The refer to this history quite frequently, but it's never explicitly shown or explained. If you didn't already know (by reading a synopsis or the box) then you might be a bit lost the first half hour or so.

But still, a pretty amazing job for a zero-budget comedy.

UPDATE: I just watched the DVD with the commentary and learned that just such an opening sequence as I described above was filmed--one that showed the Mystery Team as kids, wearing the same clothes and everything. The Derrik people explained that "it just didn't work." Now I'm even more disappointed! It's even worse that this CRUCIAL SEQUENCE did indeed exist, and they actually edited it out! That's right--they purposely edited out the set-up to the high-concept joke that is the basis for the entire story! It's tantamount to editing out the first 30 minutes of "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" because you don't think it's all that important to show the audience that he was a wacky guy who time traveled from the sixties. (he's still funny, right?)

Mystery Team would have made TWICE as much money ($10k?) if they had included the set up to their hour and a half joke. Coulda been a "10" instead of a "7." What an f up!


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