Psych I was such a fan of this TV show and so sad when they ended it.
I remember the first time I ever saw the previews for this film and was super excited, my friend and I our anticipation was sky high. And I decided that this year I would review the three films of the Psych film series. They plan to write two more movies, but after the third one I’m not so sure they will be continuing them. But fingers crossed they do.
So this is a “holiday movie”, but not one as James Roday Rodriguez likes and wanted to make it like Gremlins, in more ways than one. Initially the plot was going to be different, but then Timothy Omundson had a stroke. While he was recuperating the team rewrote the script and had to create a slightly different film.
I’m really glad they care about the fans and decided to make this.
So in the last episode of Psych, they moved from Santa Barbara to Sam Francisco and it was weird to see it in this other location. I personally did not care for it.
We start the first film with Shawn Spencer (James Roday Rodriguez) disguised as Soupcan Sam, I love that he gets a callback.
Shawn meets with the premier fence on the west coast El Proveedor, as he is searching for his grandmother’s ring; stolen in the season finale.
In classic Shawn fashion he waits until the prey is distracted and then takes off running, using his fake beard to zip line across the water. And then running down the street with chaos ensuing. Shawn runs into an office building and we see that guy from the morning show, Monty, working there. And we all know why Shawn went to that office, the it just has to be Gus‘ office: Badump there he is.
Gus is the best of friends and gets rid of the gang members, and we get that classic intro.
Juliet’s partner at the SFPD is the brother from Sleepover, Sam Huntington. Whenever I see him in law enforcement I always feel it is a continuation of his character in Sleepover. He and Juliet are working on a teenagers turned thieves ring case and grab one of the thieves who turns out to be Chief Vick’s daughter, Iris. Will we get to see her husband? All those seasons and we still don’t know what he looks like.
Juliet is a pushover and let’s here go free, but of course she’ll be sure to pop up in the film later.
Meanwhile Juliet’s partner, Sammy, is back at his home and discovers that a “Billy” a guy going by “The Duke” (Zachary Levi) has been waiting for him. Sammy gets the jump on the Duke, but it turns out he came with backup. I can’t remember their nicknames. But Gus and Shawn come up with some good ones for the minions.
Juliet goes to talk the chief and instead of letting her know the danger her daughter is in with this thievery ring, Juliet folds and withholds it from Chief Vick. Seriously Juliet, her mom should definitely know.
Chief Vick talks to Juliet about her relationship and all I can think what I always think, I wish Maggie Lawson and James Roday Rodeiguez stayed together. They were so cute.
In Chinatown we find Shawn’s Gremlins inspired shop. It’s cute, but it also looks too much like a set than a real office. It’s okay but I miss their old office.
One thing I feel this film really missed out on was a cameo of Tony Shalhoub as Monk from Monk. I think it would have been super cute like those all commercials they had when they first aired Psych. Especially as they had a mention of it in the series finale episode.
Shawn and Gus try to get on the case when they head to the hospital to see Sammy as he is in the ICU, but Vick seems angry to see him. I wonder what happens to make her anti-psychic?
As they leave the hospital the two run into Nick Conforth (Ralph Macchio). Nick tells them that Sam called him yesterday and said that no one he knew could be trusted, that he was looking into “The Crimes of Juliet”, he also knows where Sam was planning to investigate next.
They head toward the signal was but it looks like just a wooded area. Instead they discover that there is an asylum out there. But when they reach it, it turns out to be a condemned building. Eee! Another condemned asylum?!
They go into the asylum and find a bank of monitors that are getting into the SFPD. They call Chief Vick but when she gets there, everything is gone and they see Juliet there. Juliet gets angry and kicks them off the case and the two head to a planetarium party instead. There Gus meets a girl, of course. He’s not quite into the girl as she goes after him.
Back at the asylum Juliet had a lot of secrets and she’s not spilling them. It seems odd as she is always the straight arrow.
Back at the hospital, Sam is dead-an assassin got him the blonde minion. We get a callback to the series as Woody is the coroner. Fun fact the same actor played an odd and murderous coroner in Diagnosis Murder.
As they are getting the coroners report, Selene has tracked Gus down and wants to be with him. Man this girl is weird and I don’t care for the character but whatever. Selene researched Gus and did a deep dive and found out info from back when he was a child. She’s crazy, but we all know what Gus is into:
Back at the coroner’s office they so over Sam’s dongle in his stomach. They just take it out and plug it in and it works without even needing a serious cleaning to try and get it to work after it has been in blood and stomach acid and the like. Like they don’t even pause to wipe, just pop it in.
Shawn is freaking out over this Crimes of Juliet, but that has to go to the back burner as they head to the San Francisco office they get jumped by El Proveedo. Shawn gives him a psychic reading and does all the silly psychic hand movements and the rest that we have all missed seeing.
After successfully getting out of that situation. The boys head home where Juliet is trying to figure out who is after her. She asks Shawn for help and admits that she didn’t follow the law in order to put certain people away. It’s interesting as she was so law and order in the series; and honesty was the most important thing to her. With such a huge stray from her character I wish we had background as to why.
Shawn doesn’t care as his psychic ability is a lie and searches the board figuring out the one behind it is the snitch, Billy. They look across the window and see Billy staring back. Originally Zachary Levi was supposed to play Z in Psych the Musical but there was a scheduling issue, so when they were making this film they reached out to Levi again and he was very interested.
We have a shoot out with Billy AKA the Thin White Duke, but he has an exit plan and associates, The Gentleman Dandy and Heather Rocklear.
The most interesting thing that was brought up in the conversation is that he isn’t in charge, someone else is. Who? My friends and I were trying to figure out which person from their past. I wa s thinking maybe someone from season one? Like the girl who murdered to get her grandma’s ring. Or maybe Shannon Woodward’s character from Scary Sherry Bianca’s Toast.
Henry decides to come to SF for Christmas and is a hipster. I think it was a random decision and he looks so weird.
That night Mary shows up in Shawn’s vision which is off as he usually only saw him when he was on the Yin Yang case, but both of them are dead. Is that a clue?
They start singing Allison Road and then he sees Juliet as Princess Leia and Gus as Prince. Wait Allison, wasn’t that the name of the girl Yin chose as his new apprentice?
Meanwhile Vick’s daughter is kidnapped by the Thin White Duke and calls all the players to join him at Alcatraz. Even Woody and Henry.
They are on the ferry and Gus thinks about making a jump for it, and I’m like are you crazy? You’ll die before you make it to shore, the water is freezing, the currents deadly.
I have to say I really like that we are doing this thing at Alcatraz at night, not only have I been there I did the night tour and it is very scary, Uber creepy. I know a lot about it and feel like I’d totally be Gus in this situation.
And our behind the scenes headliner is, Allison! Yes, Allison from the Yin episode: Allison kills The Thin White Duke and shares her plan on how she wants to take down Juliet: 20 minutes, no lights, fights. Ready, set, go.
Vick goes searching for her daughter, Juliet goes searching for Allison, Gus tries to get to the lighthouse; and they are approached by the Black Gentleman Dandy/Ninja.
Allison goes after Juliet, and Heather Rocklear goes after Woody and Henry.
Meanwhile Shawn and Gus are too entertained by the Black Gentlemen Dandy swordplay they kind of forget about the trouble they are in. They have a heart to heart about the women in their lives and then run from the Black Gentlemen Dandy.
The men try to fight Heather but are only doing okay, until Vick comes in and knocks her out.
Allison has round two with Juliet coming up on top again. Gus and Shawn have been running but stop when they find that the Black Gentlemen Dandy has his father. They try to disarm the Black Gentlemen Dandy but he is able to outsmart him, although Woody saves the day when he comes with a shotgun. They save Iris and all reunite.
Back on the dock Henry goes his way fishing, Selene follows Gus to the dock and brings him flowers, and when Proveedor comes to find Shawn and bring him the ring he found as all of Shawn’s premonitions came true. It turns out that Shawn had a little help from MCNab! Yay! I was hoping he’d have a cameo!
They end up getting married right there on the dock with Vick as the maid of honor, Gus the best man, and El Proveedor does the wedding. Even the Black Gentlemen Dandy wishes them a happy wedding. And we get our pineapple in the last scene and Ewan O’Hara (John Cena) stops by on a case.
Shawn grabs thewedding gift that Ewan gave him and they all go out in a blaze of bullets.
I thought it was cute! I wish it had taken place in Santa Barbara but otherwise I really enjoyed it. It had a lot of inside jokes for the fans, it gave you exactly what you wanted and I loved that all the cast came back for it. Definitely a win for the fans!
For more Psych, go to Tuesday the 17th: Psych (2009)
For more psychos, go to Father Knows Best: The Stepfather (1987)