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Mystery Team -- They were kid detectives. Now they're 18 and still solving child crimes. But when The Mystery Team is challenged to crack a murder case, they see an opportunity to finally prove themselves as real detectives once and for all.
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One big case. Zero clue.
A group of former Encyclopedia Brown-style child-detectives struggle to solve an adult mystery. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Dan Eckman 
Writing credits
D.C. Pierson (screenplay) and
Donald Glover (screenplay) and
Dominic Dierkes (screenplay)

Dan Eckman (story) and
Dominic Dierkes (story) and
Donald Glover (story) and
Meggie McFadden (story) and
D.C. Pierson (story)

Produced by
Dominic Dierkes .... executive producer
Dan Eckman .... executive producer
Alexis Fish .... line producer
Donald Glover .... executive producer
Meggie McFadden .... executive producer
Meggie McFadden .... producer
D.C. Pierson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Donald Glover (original score)
Cinematography by
Austin F. Schmidt 
Film Editing by
Dan Eckman 
Casting by
Jodi Collins 
Production Design by
Lisa Myers 
Art Direction by
D.C. Pierson (supervising art director)
Costume Design by
Kristen Koenig  (as Kristen Konzet)
Makeup Department
Natalie Cora .... key hair stylist
Natalie Cora .... key makeup artist
Natalie Cora .... special makeup effects artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Huber .... first assistant director
Tay Schumaker .... second assistant director
Amy Williams .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Joe James .... property master
Nicholas Lareau .... assistant property master
Cora Paradiso .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Bob Dziemian .... sound effects editor
Lou Esposito .... sound designer (2008)
Ryan Heiferman .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Hodne .... dialog mixer
Matthew Janson .... sound mixer
Mike McVearry .... boom operator
Pete Nenortas .... boom operator
Loui Ramon .... foley artist
Visual Effects by
Alastor Arnold .... digital intermediate colorist
Michael DeBeer .... visual effects supervisor
D.C. Pierson .... end titles (as DC Pierson)
John Schuman .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryce Boucher .... electrician
Mark Brochu .... best boy grip
Fletcher Burns .... grip
Andrew P. Byrd .... grip
Jason Cleary .... camera technician
Beecher Cotton .... camera operator
Jeff Eckman .... behind-the-scenes videographer
Bernard Evans .... gaffer
Tom Fitzgerald .... jib dolly grip
Joe Giroux .... electrician
Afton Grant .... Steadicam operator
Ethan Gutt .... dolly grip
Marcos Herrera .... camera intern
James Lewis .... electrician
Lucas Loureiro .... second assistant camera
Branden James Maxham .... key grip (as Brandon James Maxham)
Brandon J. Meadows .... grip
Bryant Naro .... electrician
Carson Reaves .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Rodriguez .... key grip
Robert Toth .... best boy electric
Wally Webber .... grip
Adam Wilkins .... grip
Casting Department
Jessica Rotondi .... casting assistant
John Sefel .... casting: New Hampshire
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Belkus .... additional wardrobe
Katrina Davis .... wardrobe captain
Editorial Department
Robbie Renfrow .... digital intermediate colorist
Max Wink .... assistant editor
Other crew
Nicholas Barton .... production assistant
David Beede .... production assistant
Abby Dawson .... production accountant
Jeff Eckman .... production assistant
Jeff Eckman .... set medic
Ben Heald .... production assistant
Matt Hoffman .... production assistant
Heidi May Johnson .... production coordinator
Kyle Lafleur .... production assistant
Jason Mazzarino .... production assistant
Nick Packard .... production assistant
Ryan Sartor .... production assistant
John Schuman .... armorer
David Sidorov .... production assistant
Arnold Soko .... production assistant
Jack Wojchiehowski .... production assistant
Gigi Causey .... thanks
Matt Newton .... the producers wish to thank (as Matthew Newton)

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Rated R for crude sexual content, nudity, language and some drug material
97 min | USA:105 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Australia:MA (2010) | USA:R (certificate #45503)

Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: Just after Jason hits Kelly with the broom, he goes into the kitchen and you can see the finger of a crew member in the lower left hand corner signal Kelly to give her next line, "Why are you here?"See more »
Jamie:There's something fishy going on down at the sardine factory! I think it's fish!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Trainspotting (1996)See more »
The StandSee more »


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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Mystery Team Movie Review from The Massie Twins, 14 November 2009
Author: GoneWithTheTwins from

Although it's incredibly silly, the humor is undeniable. Inserting the most ignorant, imbecilic and inexperienced kids into the most depraved adult situations provide some fairly unique moments, as well as incredibly unexpected laughs. The film is off to an odd start with an out-of-order sequence and introductions for the three lead characters that doesn't give much of an opportunity for accustoming to their extreme immaturity. But after the Nickelodeon TV show feeling, the opening scene gives way to an angry child spouting obscenities and the Mystery Team reveals a unique brand of hilarity.

Jason (Donald Glover) is the ringleader and master of disguises for the Mystery Team, a group of high school students who have failed to outgrow their fascination with solving little mysteries, including locating lost objects and tattling on children who sneak into movies. At the age of seven, their gig was popular – but now as high school seniors, they're the laughing stock of the class. Jason's sidekicks are Duncan (D.C. Pierson), a boy genius who provides plenty of worthless trivia and statistics, and Charlie (Dominic Dierkes), the self-proclaimed strongest kid in school, whose feats consist of accidentally punching his partners in the face.

When a little girl approaches the group with the standard 10 cent fee and a case of double homicide, Jason immediately accepts, intent to prove to the world that their detective work is professional and mature (after all, their slogan is "No case too hard, no case too tough") – and also because the young girl's sister is Kelly (Aubrey Plaza), a sexy goth who Jason can't resist. His reluctant team starts to gather clues, aided by the unquestionably unbalanced grocery store clerk Jordy (Bobby Moynihan), which will lead them to a seedy strip club, heroine addicts, a conspiracy-laden lumberyard, a cocaine dealer and dead bodies. Exactly the sort of thing this chocolate milk-loving group can handle.

"You're an adult now. Act like one!" demands the principle. Brilliantly, no one takes the Mystery Team seriously, causing their admiration for their own work to be that much more hilarious. The group can barely manage spilt milk, so their involvement with blood, human waste, naked flesh and loaded guns brings about a constant source of highly contrasting conflicts. It's also the only real problem – the coincidences that grant their harebrained escapes, especially toward the climax, are often so unrealistic that they put a strain on the already preposterous plot. Despite the few faults that also include editing abnormalities, the film is surprisingly witty, and a worthy feature film debut for Derrick Comedy, a youthful five-person sketch comedy group made famous by YouTube and responsible for directing, editing, producing, writing and starring in Mystery Team.

- Mike Massie

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