There are jokes in Mystery Team that are instant classics. There’s an entire strip club sequence that almost made me wet myself.

The debut feature from Derrick Comedy, a group that has found success with short videos on the web, Mystery Team is about a trio of suburban mystery solvers who never quite grew up; even as they’re graduating high school they’re charging a dime to solve the mystery of who stole the rhubarb pie. When a real mystery – a murder mystery – gets dumped in their laps, the overgrown goofballs of The Mystery Team have to put aside childish things to… well, they have to use childish things to crack the case and save their own lives.

And now New York City Chewers can see the movie for free! It’s screening twice next week, and 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.

All the info you need is on the flier above – get out there and check this movie out. You’re going to be happy that you saw it before everybody else.

Oh, and while the Mystery Team guys say they’ve never read them, the movie really reminded me of a series of books that I enjoyed as a kid: Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. Check out the Wikipedia page here for a glimpse into a very strange use of film director branding.