Psych: The Movie

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Psych: The Movie
Psych The Movie Poster.jpg
GenreDetective fiction
Comedy-drama
Based onPsych
by Steve Franks
Written bySteve Franks
James Roday
Directed bySteve Franks
StarringJames Roday
Dulé Hill
Timothy Omundson
Maggie Lawson
Kirsten Nelson
Corbin Bernsen
Theme music composerSteve Franks
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Executive producer(s)James Roday
Dulé Hill
Steve Franks
Chris Henze
Kelly Kulchak
Producer(s)Chris Cheramie
Running time88 minutes
Production company(s)Pacific Mountain Productions
Thruline Entertainment
Universal Cable Productions
DistributorNBC Universal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Original release
  • December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)
Chronology
Preceded byPsych (2006-14)
Followed byPsych: The Movie 2 (2019)

Psych: The Movie is a television comedy film based on the USA Network dramedy series, Psych. The film follows the Psych characters three years later in San Francisco, since the series finale in 2014. The movie aired on December 7, 2017 on USA Network.[1] James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, and Corbin Bernsen all reprised their roles from the series, with frequently recurring actors Kurt Fuller and Jimmi Simpson also appearing.

The film was directed by series creator Steve Franks, who co-wrote the script with Roday. Franks hopes to make five more sequels,[2] with Psych: The Movie 2 set for 2019.

Production[edit]

Once production on the dramedy series, Psych wrapped, series creator Steve Franks immediately had the idea to bring the Psych universe back in movie form later on. On May 8, 2017, USA Network confirmed that a TV movie would be produced.[3] Franks directed the movie and co-wrote it with series star James Roday. All the series main cast returned for the TV movie, with Zachary Levi portraying the main villain, "Thin White Duke",[4] while Jazmyn Simon – co-star Dulé Hill's real-life fiancée – plays Selene, a romantic interest for Gus.[5] and WWE wrestler Charlotte Flair portraying Heather Rockrear.[6] On June 28, 2017, former guest star Ralph Macchio joined the cast, reprising his role as Nick Conforth,[7] the police academy officer who trained Shawn and Gus in season 5. Principal photography took place from May 25 to June 18[8][9] in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, Kurt Fuller and Jimmi Simpson reprised their respective roles of Woody Strode and Mary Lightly.[10] The movie was released on December 7, 2017 on USA Network.[11] Timothy Omundson returned as Carlton "Lassie" Lassiter but suffered a stroke just before shooting was to begin. The movie was partially rewritten, with Omundson appearing in only one scene that was filmed outside the main shoot in Vancouver months later.[12]

Plot[edit]

Shawn, Gus and Juliet have relocated to San Francisco and been living there for five years. Gus has found a full-time job as a pharmaceutical salesperson while Shawn opens a new office in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Karen Vick has been promoted to the Police Chief and is being vetted for the post of Commissioner. Unfortunately, Karen's daughter is being pressured into petty thefts by her school friends. Gus finds a woman at a planetarium who is a female version of him but disagrees with him about Pluto being a planet. She begins to stalk him and Gus is uncomfortable with how similar she was to him.

In another scene, Shawn is busy trying to recover his grandmother's engagement ring which was stolen at the end of the final episode of Psych Season 8. Shawn refuses to get married until he can locate the ring. Wearing a beard disguise (borrowed from Burton Guster), Shawn enters a black market auction to steal a bag of jewellery from a gang but soon finds that none of them were his ring. He tosses the bag back to the gang of thieves and runs away. Unfortunately, the thieves find the beard and trace it back to Gus. The gang of thieves later corners Shawn and Gun in the Psych office and almost kill them until Shawn reveals that the real reason he stole from them was to find his grandmother's ring so he could get married, as well as that he was a psychic. The gang leader is intrigued and asks him to make readings on his future. Shawn makes a series of fake predictions and the gang leader tells him that if none of those predictions come true he would kill Shawn later.

Meanwhile, Juliet's detective partner Sam is shot in his own home by a gang of three with his police flash drive stolen. Juliet, the SFPD and Psych team attempt to find out who did it and why. Shawn and Gus break into an abandoned building and find that Sam's flash drive has already been used to access confidential police data as well pull up a file of Detective O'Hara's illegal arrests as a cop. Shawn brings Chief Vick and Detective O'Hara to the scene but the gang has already fled. The gang later sends to the SFPD a poster outlining the victims of her illegal actions. Juliet is feeling guilty and worried about the poster as she had in fact crossed ethical lines to put those people behind bars. Shawn then deduces from the list and Juliet's old case files who the gang was. It turned out that the gang's leader was one of Juliet's informants, a British man whom she had to send to jail too for his crimes, despite her promises. Shawn also deduces that this man was stalking her and spying on her from a neighbouring apartment. Juliet and Shawn chase the man but he escapes.

The mysterious gang then kidnaps Iris, Chief Vick's teenage daughter and use that to lure Vick, O'Hara and the entire crew to a remote building. It is then revealed that the real mastermind behind everything wasn't the British man but Allison Cowley, the Yin-Yang killer's apprentice and successor who wanted revenge on Shawn, Juliet, Gus and Vick. She kills her British partner now that she has no use for him. She says that she has tied up Vick's daughter in a room with a bomb and wants to play a game to see if Vick can get to her daughter in time. Meanwhile, she sends her henchmen to kill the Psych team (Shawn, Gus, Henry and Woody). In the end, Juliet uses her recent martial arts training to defeat Allison while the others use a combination of luck and assault with heavy objects to take down her minions. In the end, they rescue Iris and return to San Francisco. Back in San Francisco, they are greeted by Gus's stalker woman and the jewellery gang that Shawn had encountered. The gang leader explains that all of Shawn's predictions were miraculously true. To return the favor, the gang leader tracked down Shawn's ring by "breaking a few elbows" and returns it to him as a gift. With the ring back, Shawn asks Juliet to schedule their wedding. The gang leader offers to officiate their wedding there and then since he was an ordained minister.

The last scene is Shawn preparing to leave for his honeymoon in Jamaica. Suddenly, they hear gunshots. Ewan O'Hara (Juliet's older brother and military spy/secret operative) enters with a gift to congratulate Shawn on his wedding to his sister. Ewan is about to leave by the backdoor when a helicopter of Special Forces Commandos shows up, demanding Ewan, Shawn and Gus quietly surrender and come out of the office. The trio decide to run.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The original American broadcast premiere of Psych: The Movie on USA Network received 1.26 million viewers and was the most watched scripted program of the day. It also achieved a demo of 0.5 in the 18-49 category, matching the demo from multiple season 8 episodes, while beating the demo scores of many USA Network original shows' episodes in 2017.[15] In the Nielsen Live+7 ratings, the film nabbed a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.2 million viewers.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly graded it with a "B+."[17] Danette Chavez of The A.V. Club gave it a "B" saying "Psych: The Movie is lively and lightweight, buoyed by Roday and Hill's bond, which hasn't diminished at all in the last three years. Its structure is classic Psych."[18] The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating based on 14 reviews.[19]

Sequel[edit]

At a Comic Con gathering, Steve Franks stated that he hoped to make five additional TV movies, and was looking to the Fast and Furious franchise for inspiration.[20] Psych: The Movie 2 was greenlit on February 14, 2019, with all the main cast confirmed to return.[21] The film is set to premiere later in 2019.[22]

On June 26, 2019 it was announced via USA Network that Psych: The Movie 2 will be released this coming Holiday Season.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Psych: The Movie' Is Coming to USA Network December 7th". Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  2. ^ Agard, Chancellor (July 17, 2017). "Psych creator looks to Fast and Furious franchise for inspiration". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "Not a Drill: 'Psych: The Movie' Is Coming to USA Network This December". Retrieved 2017-05-08.
  4. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2017-06-14). "Psych Movie: Chucks Zachary Levi Joins Revival Cast as the Big Bad". tvline.com. TVLine Media. Retrieved 2017-06-18.
  5. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2017-06-22). "Psych Revival Enlists New Love Interest for Gus — and There's a (Fun!) Twist". tvline.com. TVLine Media. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
  6. ^ Gennis, Sadie (July 5, 2017). "Exclusive: Psych: The Movie Adds a WWE Superstar as Zachary Levi's Evil Sidekick". TV Guide. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Agard, Chancellor (2017-06-28). "Psych: The Movie: Ralph Macchio will reprise role in holiday special". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 2017-06-28.
  8. ^ Nelson, Kirsten [@nelsonKirsten] (2017-05-25). "Congrats to all my lovelies on Day 1! See you soooooooon!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-06-18 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Hill, Dulé [@DuleHill] (2017-06-18). "...and that's a wrap. #PsychTheMovie #December2017 instagram.com/p/BVf4h1Oh6nJ/" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-06-18 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ IMDB cast list
  11. ^ "Psych: The Movie: We Have an Airdate!". TV Line. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Psych: The Movie: Timothy Omundson Will Appear in "One of the Best Scenes"". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  13. ^ "'Psych: The Movie' react: Will Shawn and Juliet ever tie the knot?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  14. ^ Entertainment Weekly: Psych: The Movie Premiere Date Confirmed; John Cena cameo confirmed Entertainment Weekly, 7 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  15. ^ Welch, Alex. "Thursday cable ratings: NBA Basketball and 'Thursday Night Football' lead the night". Zap2It. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  16. ^ Otterson, Joe. "'Psych' Movie Sequel Greenlit at USA Network". Variety. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  17. ^ Connolly, Kelly (December 7, 2017). "Psych: The Movie is a madcap holiday gift". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  18. ^ Chavez, Danette (December 7, 2017). "Psych: The Movie is irrepressible, surprisingly seasonal fun". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  19. ^ "Psych: The Movie (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. December 7, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  20. ^ Psych Creator Wants To Make 5 More Revival Movies TV Guide. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Psych: The Movie Sequel Officially Greenlit at USA Network — Shawn and Gus Are Headed Back to [Spoiler]!". TVLine. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  22. ^ USA Network (February 14, 2019). "Psych: The Movie 2 Is Coming to USA Network Later This Year!". USA Network.
  23. ^ "Psych: The Movie 2 Will Be Bigger, Better and Gussier". USA Network. Retrieved 2019-06-25.

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