One of my absolute favorite films of the year, the Derrick Comedy group’s dark and absurd detective comedy Mystery Team, has finally been picked up for distribution here in the United States. The lucky distributor: Roadside Attractions, the same group that brought films such as Tarsem’s The Fall (a top ten pick from last year) and Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me to the people of America.
This time around, Roadside Attractions (and indie arm of Lionsgate) will have on their hands a film that I’ve already called the “perfect comedy for the internet generation,” a comedy sketch troupe movie that doesn’t have all the usually limitations of a comedy sketch troupe movie. For one, it is a well-executed, deeply funny story about three high school seniors (Donald Glover, Dominic Dierkes and DC Pierson) who aren’t ready to give up their childhood dreams of being the town’s super-sleuths. Think Encyclopedia Brown meets well, the gang who brought us the “Bro Rape” video. It is hilarious, ’nuff said.
Don’t believe me? Here are some other quotables from the movie’s run at this year’s Sundance Film Festival:
“[The] perfect comedy for the internet generation. Irreverent, dark and beautifully self aware, the first film from the Derrick Comedy group is a certified winner with the potential to earn a cult following.” – Me, Film School Rejects
“I can’t recommend it enough. Walking in I thought that the Derrick Comedy team’s short film background would lead to a movie that was lacking cohesion and just a series of sketches, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Watching this movie I couldn’t help but think that I was seeing the future of film comedy stretching its legs and warming up.” – Devin Faraci, CHUD
“Derrick Comedy is on the edge of becoming huge.” – Peter Sciretta, /Film
“Mystery Team needs to be seen. It’s fresh, it’s unique, and funnier than hell. It’s the kind of movie that’ll rock midnight showings full of jubilant, nerds for years to come. It’s the Rocky Horror Picture Show of mystery movies.” – Josh Tyler, Cinema Blend
“It’s Encyclopedia Brown meets Napoleon Dynamite with a pinch of Ace Ventura … and it’s hilarious.” Erik Davis, Cinematical
So as you can see, this is a movie deserving of a proper release and from what I’ve heard, Roadside is the type of distributor that knows what they are doing with such a film. “We are excited to be partnering with Roadside for the release of this movie,” said Mystery Team director Dan Eckman in a press release. “They combine a wealth of experience with an openness to new ideas. We view the marketing as an extension of the filmmaking process, and we’ve always seen this as an ‘unconventional conventional’ movie. We hope to carry that spirit through the release.”
The Derrick Comedy group will embark on an innovative advance-release tour of colleges in late summer (we will have more on this as dates are announced), to be followed by a release this fall. As always, we will keep you in the loop so that you can be ready when the Mystery Team rolls into your neighborhood.