On The Couch #27: Mystery Team

I saw Donald Glover do stand-up in NYC at Comix not too long ago. He was hilarious. If he comes to your town, you should definitely go see him perform. When I heard that he co-wrote and starred in Mystery Team (along with the other members of his sketch comedy group Derrick), I immediately moved it to the top of my queue. You should too. This movie is really funny.

It’s full of one-liners that I can definitely see being quoted over and over again, similar to the way I treated Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The State and My Blue Heaven in high school (and beyond).

It’s a vegetable.

The movie is about three Encyclopedia Brown-esque detectives. Emotionally, they’re 18 going on 12. And they just graduated to their first murder case, which proves to be a little more difficult than figuring out who stuck his finger in a neighbor’s pie.

You know you’ve made it when your bike matches your Chucks.

If you’re a fan of NBC’s Thursday night comedies, you’ll recognize at least one person from each show in this movie. You’ve got Donald Glover from Community, Aubrey Plaza from Parks & Rec and Ellie Kemper from The Office. 30 Rock gets represented twice, with Kevin Brown and John Lutz. It was impressive to watch John Lutz play a character not named J. Lutz. SNL’s Bobby Moynihan is great as the local convenience store clerk who has a very unnatural fixation on Donald Glover’s character.

I don’t know what’s funnier, Bobby Moynihan trying to get his hand in the pile or the Ground Round sign hastily put up over the counter.

This is the first movie this year that I watched the movie again with the commentary track on the day after watching the movie the first time around. The commentary track is great. The members of Derrick are funny here too and have good stories about making Mystery Team.

Derrick. The group.

You really should see this. It’s one of the best comedies I’ve seen so far this year.