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The Massively Mixed Up Middle School Mystery

The Massively Mixed Up Middle School Mystery

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G
Review:

This TV movie, originally designed as an online series, is a fun, farcical whodunit that keeps the mystery light and the laughs silly. Turns out, the students at Martin van Buren, Jr. Junior High have many mysteries to solve. Why don't cafeteria mozzarella sticks ever taste right? Who passed gas over the loudspeaker during morning announcement? Why doesn't the school have even one working water fountain? The latest mystery is a real headscratcher. Who dunked Principal Speckler during the Subs and Slushie carnival? If the dunker doesn't come forth, Speckler has threatened to cancel the upcoming student council dance. The overachieving student body president Gaby (Brianne Tju), fearing that her legacy is at stake, enlists a trio of teen sleuths, known as the Junior Eyes, to solve the mystery. Working out of the sports equipment shed, Everett (Garrett Ryan), Riley (Adam Hochstetter) and Alyssa (Haley Tju) must confront suspects, disprove the legend of the boiler room pool, and track down the permanent records file in the mysterious teacher's lounge--all before the last period bell. Like a six grade Sherlock Holmes, Everett, is ultra-observant, able to deduce clues from minute details. Alyssa is the one with common sense, and Riley the comic relief. "Middle School Mystery" has elements of a typical pre-teen kid com, but thankfully lacks the typical snarkier undertones. Junior High is a challenging time for most, and this movie focuses on more on the silly than the serious. But it's a welcome reprieve and shows that goofy fun knows no age limit, and the pressures and mysteries of Junior High aren't as school career-threatening when looking through a longer lens. An hour of fun that isn't groundbreaking but is certainly entertaining.

Laura Fries   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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