Anyone who loves Nickelodeon personalities like Jennette McCurdy, Ariana Grande, Ciara Bravo, Noah Crawford, Chris O’Neal and Noah Munck can see all of them in this zany comedy about a bunch of smart kids getting together to stop a nasty grown-up who tries to cheat them out of a million dollars.
Okay, it gets a little cartoonish. It also feels like it lifted its blueprint almost entirely from the late TNT series “Leverage,” even though it’s based on a 2008 children’s book by Gordon Korman.
But by the time a high-toned society wedding devolves into a food fight, it’s having such a good time that there’s no reason to nitpick.
Besides, we really like all the good guys. The way they plot out their improbable victory stands in the finest tradition of comic superheroes, where individual skills mesh together to form an even greater whole.
Things heat up when an unscrupulous collectibles dealer swindles Griffin (Crawford) and Ben (O’Neal) out of a Honus Wagner baseball card worth $1.2 million.
To get it back, they form a team with Amanda (Grande), a geek turned gymnastic beauty; Darren (Munck), a lovable lug; Savannah (McCurdy), an emotive actress; and Melissa (Bravo), Griffin’s annoying kid sister and the mandatory computer hacking wizard.
The plot takes a while to unfold, but the producers keep the crowd entertained with narrow escapes, amusing incidental characters and periodic references to “Call Me Maybe.”
Besides, for an hour and a half, Nick fans can forget it’s almost time to go back to school.