39 – Mystery Team (2009)

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Director: Dan Eckman Starring: Donald Glover, D.C. Pierson, Dominic Dierkes Running time: 97 mins

Subject: Enjoyably odd caper about a trio of eighteen year-olds more interested in solving neighbourhood crimes than copping off with girls. During a scene where a mystery takes them to a strip club, one screams , “Oh god, they’re like pigeons!” of the scantily-clad babes dancing around them. The tone flits from amusing to tense with surprising ease. Perfect for if you’re in the mood to laugh but hangs together as a story as well.

Like: The Hardy Boys before their balls dropped.

Core truth: A man with a chest full of disguises never ceases to entertain.

Did you know? Mystery Team didn’t get a UK premiere…until film blogger ultra culture made it happen at his self-organised film festival, Teenage Wasteland.

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