USA’s ‘Psych’ is back with a Christmas movie, and here’s what you need to know – Orange County Register

Three years after it left television, USA’s “Psych” is back for a Christmas-themed movie and it’s nice seeing the old gang back.

For eight years, the comic-mystery series stared James Roday as Shawn Spenser, the son of a Santa Barbara cop (Corbin Bersen) whose own deductive powers make him a natural-born crime solver but his slovenly lifestyle makes him ineligible to be taken seriously.

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But when he pretends he’s a psychic, everyone suddenly takes it seriously. Every episode found the often childish Shawn going through ridiculous machinations  – usually to pop songs – to get the bad guy or gal.

“In between the lines, there’s a lot obscurity. I’m not inclined to resign to maturity,” went the theme song, which pretty much captured the series’ irreverent tone.

“Psych: The Movie” finds Shawn investigating a crimering on the San Francisco docks. When discovered, it’s found he has a false beard.

“Who wears a beard over a beard?” asks a puzzled sinister thug, and the mystery is off and running.

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At the end of the series, Shawn finally had proposed to Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) after they had moved to San Francisco, but as the movie begins Jules is still unmarried, working for Kirsten Nelson’s chief of police Vick.

Meanwhile, Shawn and his lifelong buddy Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill) is still working for a pharmaceutical company, but the pair is nevertheless setting up another detective agency – “psychfrancisco.”

The movie pretty much unfolds like a regular episode with time for drop-ins from familiar faces like Ralph Macchio. Zachary Levi is the bad guy, known as the Thin White Duke, complete with an English accent.

There is also time for plenty of silly dialogue and goofy gags. After finding a document called “The Crimes of Juliet O’Hara,” Gus remarks,“That’s a killer title for a Hallmark movie.”

“Don’t be silly, Jules would never do a Hallmark movie,” retorts Shawn. Part of the joke is that Lawson is in two Hallmark movies this year. So keep up.

Roday directed from a script he wrote with Steve Franks. If you liked the series – you had eight years to find out – you’ll like the movie.

Psych: The Movie

What: The gang from the long-running comic-mystery series reteams for a movie. Starring James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie…

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