Sixteen years ago, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe released Super Troopers – a rowdy, silly comedy about a highway patrol that refuses to take their jobs seriously.
Instead they preferred pranking speeders and fighting with local cops – as the zany flick took a healthy $18.5m box office return from a tiny budget.
The original received a cult following since its release and it’s because of that army of supporters we have a sequel – with thousands of fans contributing towards a record-breaking campaign on the fundraising site Indiegogo.
So, what did fans pay for?
Super Troopers 2 tells the story of an international border dispute between the United States and Canada. The Troopers – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Much like we saw in the first movie, unconventional police work ensues.
I was worried about walking into my screening. Although I enjoyed the first movie, I was watching it through younger eyes. My sense-of-humour has changed since then… or so I thought. By switching off my brain and just going with it, I got a real kick out of the viewing experience.
My main issue is that this had five writers and you can tell from its uneven tone. It feels more like a bunch of skits mashed together rather than flowing naturally as a movie should.
Some of those skits don’t work, but many do. There are plenty of laughs to be had here.
As to whether Super Troopers 2 is for you, it simply comes down to the following. Did you enjoy the goofy ‘stoner’ feel of the original? If so, with this being more of the same, I think you’ll enjoy it.
If you like your comedies to be more hi-brow, then perhaps you should avoid or you could feel like you’ve been ‘nicked’.
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Running Time: 1hr 40mins
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar
Written By: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter & Erik Stolhanske
Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso & Hayes MacArthur
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