A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Makes sex, bad language, drugs, alcohol, etc. seem like a big joke; kids may not understand that this is a parody.
Positive Role Models
Despite the constant vulgar humor, sex and drug references, and occasional violence, the movie's three teen heroes are untouched by all of it. They are naïve and morally upright. They spend the film working to fulfill their dream of being detectives. They work together, solve problems, and rely on each other's strengths. That said, the bad behavior here cannot be ignored.
Violence & Scariness
Our teen detectives try to solve a murder case, which leads them to dead bodies, threats, some fighting, and one mild shoot-out, in which one of the teens is wounded. There is minimal blood. In one scene, a girl is accidentally thrown out of a car and crashes into a sign, leaving a gaping wound on her neck. Perhaps most disturbingly, a younger kid carries a gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the sex stuff comes in one long sequence, in which the teen detectives search for clues inside a sex club. We see several topless strippers, some lap-dancing, and other teens squeezing and touching female body parts. There's a weird room in which a perverse sex act is taking place, involving breast milk and a naked man lying on a table with his legs in the air. The three heroes are seen walking with "woodies" in their pants. The scene is likewise filled with sex talk and innuendo (as is, actually, the rest of the film). Some minor characters try to have sex with a pie and a loaf of bread, though offscreen. There's a brief, vague reference to pedophilia, as a joke.
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This movie contains a constant barrage of profanity, though, interestingly, hardly any from the three lead characters, who are stuck in a state of perpetual adolescence. Language includes many, many uses of "f--k" and "s--t" in various permutations. There's also one use of the "N" word, plus "p---y," "c--t," "faggots," "asshole," "hell," "'tards," "bitch," "muff diver," "cooch," "vagina," "damn," and "piss."
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Products & Purchases
One mention of a "No Fear" t-shirt, though not shown, and used as a joke in a line of dialogue.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A secondary character is a drug dealer, and the heroes pretend to "buy" cocaine from him, without really knowing what they're talking about. One of the heroes sneaks into a costume party, drinks bourbon with an older man, and gets drunk. A homeless person is seen passed out with a rubber tube tied around his arm and a needle sticking out of his vein.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that though Mystery Team looks like a kids' movie, it is most definitely NOT a kids' movie. It's more or less a parody of a "Encyclopedia Brown"-style kids' movie, filled with foul language, nudity, and sex -- including some slightly depraved sex -- drugs and booze, and some violence, including guns, shooting, and blood. The three lead actors, who also wrote the screenplay, are part of a college comedy troupe known as Derrick Comedy; their videos are popular on YouTube, and most of them are pretty vulgar. Oddly, the three actors play naïve and uncorrupted teens who do not participate in, and are not even aware of, most of the bad behavior in the movie. They come out squeaky clean. Only older teens and parents who have seen one too many kids' movies need apply. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Mystery Team looks deceptively like a kids' movie, but it surprises right out of the gate with unhinged vulgarity, sex, and drugs. Happily, even when the shock wears off, the movie -- written by and starring the members of the college comedy troupe Derrick Comedy -- remains funny, thanks to the decision to make its three hapless, stuck-in-adolescence detectives totally naïve and untouched by all the depravity.
These likeable misfits wander, morally clean, through the dirty landscape, and each side is able to humorously comment upon the other. The movie doesn't exactly provide non-stop laughter, but it does have a fair share of titters and chuckles. Director Dan Eckman could perhaps have picked up the pace a bit, but at least the jokes don't stop in the third act to make room for the conclusion of the mystery, like so many other comedies.
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