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Super Troopers 2: A Worthy Sequel That is Loaded With Laughs

April 20, 2018

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What I love most about Super Troopers 2 is how it embraces the best bits of its 2001 predecessor and still manages to come off as fresh and fun. I was a bit worried when the movie was announced because delayed sequels to cult classics rarely work and several movies like Zoolander 2, Joe Dirt 2, Dumb & Dumber To and Blues Brothers 2000 are proof. It is really hard to capture lightning in a bottle twice because trying to replicate the charm and personality of a beloved movie can result in a shallow and unfunny experience that mimics instead of forging new ground.  My fears were alleviated almost immediately as it became clear that the guys from Broken Lizard were able to slide back into their iconic characters with ease. It felt like no time had passed and I loved how the movie jumped straight into the plot without wasting any time.

Super Troopers 2 revolves around the former (thank Fred Savage) Vermont Highway Patrol members reuniting to help with the transition of a small Canadian town into America. Before they are called back into service we learn that Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and Farva (Kevin Heffernan) are working together as construction workers while Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) is chopping down trees as a lumberjack/arborist. Foster (Paul Soter) has married the now Chief of Police Ursula (Marisa Coughlan ) and they all seem pretty happy with their current state of affairs. They are brought back to law enforcement under the guise of a weekend fishing trip with their old captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) who has been tasked with absorbing a small Canadian town into Vermont.

The shenanigans start almost immediately as the Vermont boys have to deal with rowdy Canadians, annoyed Mounties and a large smuggling operation that is happening in the town. Their initial introduction finds them pelted with hockey pucks and ending up on the wrong side of a beat down inside a brothel that is owned by the friendly local mayor Guy Le Franc (Rob Lowe – loving life) who isn’t a fan of becoming an uncool “American mayor.” The crew isn’t helped by the local Mounties (Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur) who instigate a massive prank war when they coax a bear into the highway patrol office with large slabs of meat. Their introduction to the town is disastrous, but their misadventures with the locals lead them to find mysterious stashes of pills, guns and illegal contraband in which they will undoubtedly use (five types of pills for five cops) to clear their names and keep their jobs.

Rob Lowe is the best.

If you are a fan of Super Troopers you will love the callbacks to the meow, liter of cola and bear f**king jokes. I know the callbacks are straight-up fan service but since this movie was crowd-funded I see no problem with appeasing the masses with familiar bits that work. The good news is there is enough new material involving chicanery, electrocution and Mounties discussing Danny DeVito to keep the proceedings fresh and fun. I can’t think of the last time I laughed more, and even though many people describe the Broken Lizard movies as “bro film” I’ve always felt they know how to enhance a great joke and there is more nuance than it seems to their shenanigans.

If you are a fan of Super Troopers and the Broken Lizard crew you will enjoy Super Troopers 2. I totally recommend you watch it this weekend in a packed theater.

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