Mystery Team | Saturday Doobie Feature Ep. 105 | Movies & Marijuana Podcast
NEW Saturday Doobie Feature! Justin and Cory are back for more silver screen smoking, this week to discuss 2009’s Mystery Team with guest, Michael Hesser from the Hollywood Redux Podcast. With the help of their favorite strains, the trio seeks to solve the mystery of what makes this Donald Glover comedy a cult classic.
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About the Movie:
Mystery Team was crafted in 2009 by the comedy group Derrick Comedy. The story was written by Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes, Dan Eckman, and Meggie McFadden. It stars Donald Glover, DC Pierson, and Dominic Dierkes. It was directed by Eckman and produced by McFadden.
In January 2008, Derrick Comedy took a hiatus from filming short online sketch videos to produce Mystery Team, which is the group’s first feature-length production. The film was independently produced and shot over seven weeks in the Spring of 2008 and filmed primarily in Manchester, New Hampshire, Eckman and McFadden’s hometown.
Mark’s Showplace, a real-life strip club in Bedford, New Hampshire, was used as Ponytail’s Gentlemen Club in the movie. The Lumber Yard scenes were filmed on location at Reeds Ferry Lumber Corp. Merrimack, NH.
The movie was shot on a tight budget. Dominic Dierkes mentioned on the DVD commentary and on tour stops that lighting problems forced a wardrobe change for his character. Dierkes said his initially white shirt reflected light that appeared to glow when viewed on screen. With several early “white shirt” scenes already shot, and not having the budget to reshoot them, the members of Derrick opted to write in a gag in which Dierkes spilled chocolate milk and used the shirt as a rag, forcing him to switch to a red shirt for the remainder of the movie.
The Mystery Team consists of “Master of Disguise” Jason Rogers (Donald Glover), “Boy Genius” Duncan Wheeler (DC Pierson), and “The Strongest kid in town” Charlie Day (Dominic Dierkes): three children who styled themselves as detectives, solving mostly kid-related mysteries such as missing cats or a lost baseball, and gained some local fame.
Somehow, the trio have remained as naïve as ever, although they are about to graduate from high school. They have continued to exhibit the same mindset and antics even though they are teenagers, focusing on children’s infractions, although adults (such as their parents) wonder when the teens will grow out of this attitude.
To prove to themselves and the town at large that they can be “real detectives”, the Mystery Team take it upon themselves to solve a double homicide when they are hired by a young girl named Brianna (Daphne Ciccarelle) to discover why her parents were killed. Although Duncan and Charlie reluctant to help her, Jason convinces them to help her stating that it is their chance to prove they can be real detectives and earn everyone’s respect.
The Mystery Team spirals down a dark road of dangerous drug dealers, strippers, and a psychotic killer with a loaded gun. What’s the worst that could happen?
Directed by: Dan Eckman
Produced by: Meggie McFadden
Written by: Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes and Dan Eckman
Starring: Donald Glover, DC Pierson, Dominic Dierkes and Aubrey Plaza
Music by : Donald Glover
Cinematography: Austin F. Schmidt
Edited by: Dan Eckman
Production Company: Derrick Comedy Productions
Distributed by: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: January 17, 2009 (Sundance) & August 28, 2009 (United States)
Running time: 94 minutes
Box office: $89,442
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