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Psych: The Movie – A Perfect Reunion

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Psych: The Movie Plot Summary: 

After three years, the psychic detective agency crew reunites when an assailant targets one of their own.

Wait for it. Wait for iiiiittt….

Well, we waited for three years and finally Psych came back with a two-hour movie special. And quite special it was. The movie takes place three years after the final episode in 2014, which I really liked because they established that time has passed. Jobs have changed, relationships have changed, but our beloved characters have stayed the same.

Following the events from the final episode of Season 8, Shawn (James Roday) still has yet to find his grandmother’s ring, which he used to propose to Juliet (Maggie Lawson) (For those who don’t remember, the ring was stolen by a thief in a driver’s ed car). The movie begins with Shawn dressed as a hobo, doing a pirate voice, as he steals a sack of jewelry from some known gang members and their leader, El Proveedor (Robert LaSardo) in hopes of finding the missing ring.

Of course, his shenanigans lead him into Gus’s (Dulé Hill) new office where he hides out, and also steal Gus’s sandwich. However, this is not the main plot of the movie, though all of this does come in to play later on. The movie really kicks off when Juliet’s police partner, Sam (Sam Huntington), is attacked in his home by a man who calls himself “The Duke” (Zachary Levi). Now Juliet, Chief Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson), and the Psych team, must locate Sam’s dongle (it’s a USB…yes, many jokes are made) and find out who is behind Sam’s attack, as well as the manifesto: The Crimes of Juliet O’Hara before things get too out of hand….spoiler: things get out of hand.

As you can expect, we see a number of familiar faces. Henry Spencer (Corbin Bersen) comes as soon as he hears that Juliet could be in danger…because Henry is the best (TV) dad in the world, although, his new look may surprise you. Our favorite coroner Woody Strode (Kurt Fuller) pops up when you least expect him, and I don’t want to say anyone else because it will be too much of a spoiler. But trust me, you’ll know them when you see them.

Unfortunately, Timothy Omundson suffered a stroke soon after the movie started production, still, Carlton Lassiter made a breif, but important, appearance. We’re all hoping we see you back soon, Mr. Omundson.

We are also introduced to new faces, obviously Juliet’s partner, Sam and the bad gay, The Duke. The Duke has some buddies too, including Heather Rockrear (WWE’s Charlotte Flair) and Nathan Mitchell…who’s character’s is simply referred to as: Black Gentleman Ninja. Perhaps my favorite though, is Selene (Jazmyn Simon), who is basically female Gus and she is just spectacular. And while we do get to meet Chief Vick’s daughter, Iris (Emma Tremblay), we still HAVE NO IDEA what her husband looks like…a running joke of the show that made me laugh but I also really thought we were going to see him. They tricked us.

Most importantly, the movie is filled with familiar Gus and Shawn antics, there’s lots of “suck it”s and “tch, come on, son”s, but the best thing is just being able to watch the bromance of Shawn and Gus that we have been missing for so long. They both come back with new witty retorts (my favorite being, “Gus, don’t be the comma in Earth Wind and Fire”), associate names, and everywhere we turn Gus seems to have some kind of food he got from not-even-Shawn-knows where. It’s a perfect blend of the Psych we know and love, but still full of new developments and surprises. None of it felt predictable and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Psych: The Movie OVERALL SCORE: 10 / 10

By the way, something big happens at the end and it has set in motion plans for a sequel, though nothing is confirmed. However, creator Steve Franks has plans for five, yes, FIVE, more Psych movies. Keep your fingers crossed.

Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman
Rachel Freeman is a staff writer and comic review editor at Pop Break. She regularly contributes comic book reviews, such as The Power of the Dark Crystal, Savage Things, Mother Panic, Dark Nights: Metal, Rose, and more. She also contributes anime reviews, such as Berserk, Garo: Vanishing Line and Attack on Titan as well as TV reviews. She has been part of The BreakCast for the Definitive Defenders Podcast. Outside of her writing for Pop Break, Rachel is currently a pre-school teacher. She is a college graduate with her BA in History and MAED. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @Raychikinesis.


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