Mystery Team
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Three would-be Encyclopedia Browns step into the world of grown-up crime in this independent comedy. When they were seven years old, "the Mystery Team" were three kids living in the same neighborhood in Oakdale who played at being precocious preteen detectives. With Jason (Donald Glover) as "the Master of Disguise," Duncan (D.C. Pierson) as "the Boy Genius," and Charlie (Dominic Dierkes) as "the Strongest Kid in Town," they would spend their afternoons getting to the bottom of such crimes as missing tricycles and stolen pies, charging ten cents (or some… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"A pleasant, charming knockabout with a playfully imaginative sense of wit and a pleasingly assured visual style."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Daniel M. Gold, New York Times
"Enjoyably crude and occasionally sharply observed dork comedy by Derrick Comedy, a troupe of young unknowns who have gained a YouTube following."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"This ensemble-written movie is a weak effort, despite its appealing premise."
‑ Betsy Sherman, Boston Phoenix
"An outrageous, offbeat comedy that's often preposterous and silly, but nonetheless quite funny and delightfully bizarre."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Just because you're a hit on YouTube doesn't mean you should be making movies."
‑ Brian Miller, L.A. Weekly
"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?"
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Derrick Comedy would rather be gross and infantile, staging a routine of crass and witless sequences that reduce the film to tiresome cult comedy mechanics, clumsily scripted by the three stars."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A promising premise ... stricken lame by a complete lack of pacing. But then, every once in a while, a discussion about proper hobo bean-slicing etiquette, or a stripper's hilariously blasť scar story comes through and just kills."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"If this is the future of comedy in Hollywood, then there's little to fear -- as long as everyone remembers that brevity is the soul of wit."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Genuinely funny but amateurishly constructed."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"Spectacularly funny and refreshingly free of irony ... Way funnier than The Hangover, more clever than Sherlock Holmes."
‑ Matt Pais,
"The intersection of child-detective literature and a harsh grown-up world is an irresistible concept"
‑ Jesse Hassenger,
"The twentysomething talents behind Mystery Team are still in the comedy minors, but this nerdy, nutty, perfectly pitched first swing suggests there are major things to come."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
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