Scoobyless Doo-Doo

Daphne & Velma is not the girl power flick it desperately wants to be. The best thing about the Scooby-Doo franchise is just how well the mismatched Mystery, Inc. work together. For whatever reason, Ashley Tisdale and her sister Jennifer thought Daphne Blake and Velma Dinkley should solve a mystery on their own. So they produced the movie themselves and it went straight to DVD. Without Fred, Shaggy, or Scooby-Doo, only Daphne & Velma have a noticeable live-action casting decline.

Both actresses are named Sarah, but neither feel right in their iconic roles. The mixed race Sarah Jeffery of Descendants fame is given red hair to play Daphne. Apart from wearing purple, nothing about her screams accident prone or fashionable. Not even when they lean into those tendencies out of nowhere. Sarah Gilman’s Velma looks and feels like a Ghost World reject. Once again, it’s not enough to wear orange or say “Jinkies.”

Without the rest of the gang, I really don’t buy Velma being best friends with Daphne. Yet that’s what happens when a mystery comes around at their high school. Despite the entire franchise being horror themed, Daphne & Velma feels more like science fiction. Their school is obnoxiously high tech with borderline futuristic technology and kids becoming zombies because of their cell phones. Insert dated modern slang and that’s literally the entire movie. Complete with a less than surprising twist villain. Daphne & Velma is proof that all future mysteries require a talking dog.

5. Daphne & Velma

Daphne and Velma

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