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

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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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$7,840 (USA) (28 August 2009)

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$84,755 (USA) (5 March 2010)
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When Jason, Duncan and Charlie are in the strip club investigating the guy who got the ring, in the background you can hear a song playing. It is "Fire" off of Childish Gambino's (Donald Glover's artist name) mix tape Sick Boi. See more »

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After Kelly leaves for the wake, Jason picks up a cell phone and selects a number. But then it calls a different number. See more »

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Jamie: There's something fishy going on down at the sardine factory! I think it's fish!
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The bear in the man's picture at the end of the movie is credited as "White Bear" - "Himself" See more »

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The Stand
Written and Performed by Donald Glover and Chris Ward
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Perfect and laugh-out-loud funny with great performances
8 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You have to see this movie.

"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.

I'll give Mystery Team a well-earned 9 out of 10. It just missed a 10 because the ending was good but not quite a classic.


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