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Review: Mystery Team

Those meddling kids
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  January 26, 2010
1.5 1.5 Stars

Indie comedy has it tough in the marketplace, so though it's no fun to pan the first feature by the Derrick Comedy troupe, neither was it fun to watch Mystery Team. Directed by Dan Eckman, this ensemble-written movie is a weak effort, despite its appealing premise.

Jason (Donald Glover of NBC's Community), Duncan (D.C. Pierson), and Charlie (Dominic Dierkes) live their dream of being kid detectives. Trouble is, they're now high-school seniors. They choose to ignore the scorn of their peers, the cringing of their families, and puberty. After a girl asks them to find out who murdered her parents, the investigation propels the über-dweebs into the company of strippers and drug dealers. The "hilarity" that ensues is pretty stale.

Like the boys, Mystery Team is in over its head as it wraps shtick around a plot about orphaned sisters. Since the film — which was shot in Manchester, New Hampshire — features cast members from each of NBC's Thursday-night sit-coms, its lasting value may be as the answer to a trivia question.

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Umm...want to give the readers more info here? What was weak about it? Why was it "stale?" You haven't given a single specific. This is barely a review. If I were to review this review, I would say that it was a "disappointingly weak effort."
Posted: March 10 2010 at 4:36 PM


I agree, super poor review, BETSY SHERMAN probably had more important things to review that day. Maybe she should be worried about her job review.
Posted: June 20 2010 at 12:26 PM

Stephen Baynham

Don't know what to make of this review- was wondering whether I should see the movie. The plot is explained, it sounds pretty good, and then the following (and final) three sentences are:
1. It was not good.
2. It was not good here is more info about the plot.
3. Here is a snarky comment.

The purpose of a review isn't to tell us whether you liked it (I don't care whether you did), it's to tell us whether we'll like it. This review is bad.
Posted: September 19 2010 at 10:42 PM
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