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Review: Mystery Team (2009)

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I for one don’t think I’ve ever heard of Derrick Comedy before. With all the online videos I watch on a daily basis, I’m sure I have seen one or two. But I have heard of Donald Glover. The talented Community star is also a rapper, writer, and all around Renaissance Man helped write and star in this comedy. Also starring? About all of NBC’s Thursday night comedy schedule.

Mystery Team is the Hardy Boys all grown up. What started as a detective agency of 3 young kids is, well, the same. Instead of maturing like the rest of the world the Mystery Team is the same young, stupid, and immature group of kids still solving missing lunch money cases. The Mystery Team consists of Jason (Glover) the master of disguise, Duncan (D.C. Pierson) the boy genius, and Charlie (Dominic Dierkes) the muscle. Things take a turn once they are faced with a real “adult” case: Murder. Soon the question turns from will they solve the case, to will they be alive by the end?

One of the coolest things about this low-budget comedy was all the actors that are now featured on NBC. Mystery Team includes Aubrey Plaza and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), Ellie Kemper (The Office), John Lutz (30 Rock), and Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live). These familiar faces made it seem less low-budget and more professional. And the biggest problem I usually have with comedies is not finding them funny. Luckily, I had no such problem with Mystery Team. The plot is genius. And the R-Rating especially makes the team stand out with their “Golly!” schtick. At the end of the day, it is a low-budget comedy, but the talented cast and excellent plot makes it well worth your time.

My Rating: B+


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