MOVIE: SUPER TROOPERS 2
STARRING: JAY CHANDRASEKHAR; KEVIN HEFFERNAN; STEVE LEMME; ERIK STOLHANSKE
DIRECTED BY: JAY CHANDRASEKHAR
AMovieGuy.com's RATING: 3 STARS (Out of 4)
Before my screening of Super Troopers 2, I turned to one of my fellow colleagues and asked, “how long ago has it been since the first Super Troopers?” The answer? 17 years. It has been more than a decade since the original, which became a “frat classic” to the college kids, about a group of wild Vermont state troopers that pull pranks, smoke weed, and occasionally succeed at the serving and protecting part. In between that span of time, I graduated from high school and college. That's a long friggen time. To some, it may be 10 years too late or an entirely unnecessary sequel, but director Jay Chandrasekhar has rallied the entire Broken Lizard team together for Super Troopers 2 and to this film critics surprise...it's good old fashioned fun shenanigans. With a mixture of childish fart humor and slapstick wackiness, Super Troopers 2 is a laugh riot.
We pick up a few years after the original, with the gang no longer employed as state troopers, after a ride along with actor Fred Savage went horribly wrong. This leaves Mac (Steve Lemme), Ramathorn (Chandrasekhar), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Foster (Paul Soter), and Farva (Kevin Heffernan) working remedial jobs in construction, until trusty captain O'Hagan (played by veteran Brian Cox) helps get the boys back in uniform. Due to a border restructure, there is a piece of Canada that is part of Vermont, which makes a small French Canadian town in need of a new U.S. Highway Patrol. The transfer puts mayor Guy Le Franc (played by a mop haired Rob Lowe) and the Mounted police at war with the troopers, which turns into a battle of hijinks and laughs along the border.
On the surface, Super Troopers 2 should be a failure. Historically, comedy sequels, such as Zoolander 2, Dumb & Dumber To, and Anchorman 2, have failed to live up to the originals. That's actually not the case here. Playing it safe, the plot of ST2 is near identical to the first film, when the troopers find a stash of narcotics and must find out who is dealing the illegal contraband (again). It is paired with a subplot of Rabbit falling in love with the mayor's assistant Genevieve (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and a hilarious prank war with three hockey loving Mounties. Even the re-hashed jokes landed for me, where Farva asks for “10 liter's of cola” at a pancake house, various comical road stops to mess with drivers, or repetitive jokes about Canadian accents, Chandrasekhar makes it all work without being over the top crass or offensive. And if you're fond of the mustached pranksters, then this movie will feel right at home. There's a consistent confidence from each character that never misses a beat and I bursted with laughter when the team engages in testing various pills, leading to Mac tripping on acid and Farva paralyzed from tranquilizers.
How much you enjoy Super Troopers 2 depends on 2 things: 1) Are you in the mood for stupid humor? Because there's not a lot of brains in a film that includes a scene where a bear chases Farva into a port-a-potty, getting crap all over him. And 2) can you have fun with police officers being stupid? For a moment, I was able to remember that service members and police have given us plenty of laughs at the movies, from The Naked Gun films, Stripes, The Police Academy series, even Paul Feig's The Heat, all of them putting humor into what is a serious and currently divided profession. Super Troopers 2 not only makes a name for itself, it makes a strong case for a 3rd installment.
What else can I say? I laughed a lot at Super Troopers 2. The ending is a bit odd and predictable, but I think I just wanted a good laugh. Jay Chandrasekhar will remind fans why we enjoyed Super Troopers back in 2001, creates plenty of new memorable moments, and even welcomes fresh fans to this groups bag of tricks. Hopefully we will get another one in 10 or 15 years. For now, just sit back and enjoy because this sequel is quite super.
Written by: Leo Brady