Super Troopers 2

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Meow that the wait for Super Troopers 2 is finally over, all but the most devoted fans mustache themselves why they waited so long for such cruel and tragic shenanigans.

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Everyone's favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic... SUPER TROOPERS. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is...SUPER TROOPERS 2.

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Cast

Jay Chandrasekhar
as Arcot 'Thorny' Ramathorn
Kevin Heffernan
as Rod Farva
Steve Lemme
as MacIntyre 'Mac' Womack
Paul Soter
as Jeff Foster
Erik Stolhanske
as Robert 'Rabbit' Roto
Brian Cox
as Captain O'Hagan
Lynda Carter
as Governor Jessman
Rob Lowe
as Guy Le Franc
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  • I have to admit to one or two more laughs, though really not enough to justify sitting through the whole thing.

    Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Too often, the writers-stars settle for childish bad taste over real wit; there are incessant references to male genitalia but the movie is too timid to follow through when two macho guys are dared to kiss.

    Apr 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • You'd think with 17 years at their disposal these guys would be able to come up with some jokes that weren't so half-baked and dumb. Alas, this is low-hanging fruit all the way.

    Apr 22, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Broken Lizard hasn't changed enough to keep up with the times, turning in a badly degraded copy of the original. Stale, unfunny and offensive is quite the hat trick.

    Apr 21, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • There are still some decent laughs but not as many as one might expect or hope for.

    Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This sequel isn't just more of the same from Broken Lizard-it's a lot more, and for no good reason.

    Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Super Troopers 2

If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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I was one of the fans who handed money over for the crowd funding and I honestly thought the filmmakers might stick to the indie roots but sadly this is one belated sequel that was not required. The film does not have a voice or reason for existing, you can actually see why the studio was reluctant to back the film, the sequel is irrelevant and much like Dumb and Dumber Too, just not required. One of the biggest issues was the forced humour, you never feel the chemistry that made the original so much fun. I was waiting for this film to end, it just never feels at home like the first film and in places is yet another tired sequel attempting to recapture the same audience which has since moved on. The audiences showed up, mainly due to the devotion of the first film but sadly I was underwhelmed by this sequel. What could have been something original and clever, just comes across lazy and tiresome. Recycling jokes from the original was not an inspired choice and sadly this leaves a bad taste in the mouth. The filmmakers should have attempted to breath new life into the franchise after such a long time away, but instead they felt the need to repeat the first film. 12-078-2018.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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½

The moment when we see Farva through heat vision goggles as he casually pisses and farts while yelling at the camera, "I'm still gonna go back and get that butter tart yule log!" is the hardest I've laughed in a long time.

Philip Price
Philip Price

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Sixteen years after the original film, Super Troopers 2 is coming to theaters thanks to a record-breaking campaign on the fundraising site Indiegogo. The comedy team, Broken Lizard, finds itself somewhat in a similar lace Rob Thomas and the Veronica Mars team did after their successful Kickstarter haul got them a feature film. It's primarily the fans that have supplied the funds for the project, and in doing so proven a viable audience for any other potential future financial backers. Therefore, when the finished product comes together, are you designing the movie for that core base of fans that may or may not be looking for more of what they enjoyed the first time around. Does servicing the fans outweigh telling something original and expanding the brand? Credit to the Broken Lizard team that very few of the jokes from the first film are outright repeated and there are sparing references in general to the earlier movie. Super Troopers 2 exists on its own merits; however, it feels like a shaggy, and amiable if mostly lackluster comedy. In the years since the first film, the state troopers for Vermont have been reassigned to a new task. The Canadian border is being renegotiated, and a swath of Canada is now going to be declared American territory. The troopers, Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar, also serving as director again), Foster (Paul Soter), and Farva (Kevin Hefferman), are reunited with their old Captain (Brian Cox) and entrusted by the Governor (Lynda Carter) and a local, small town mayor (Rob Lowe) with upholding law and order. The guys uncover a smuggling conspiracy that plans on using the switching border to great financial gain, but mostly they just mess with people. All the guys are back and they're back to their old hijinks and now they're all pushing fifty, which makes things feel a little weird. The Super Troopers style of comedy is pretty juvenile, silly, slapstick-heavy, with the occasional meta-textual aside. It's a low-key sort of comedy that provides chuckles but rarely the bigger, memorable laughs. Your mileage will vary, as all comedies do, but I chuckled about five to ten times in the movie. There are a couple solid running jokes that are nicely set up for payoffs, like an oft-referred to tragic accident involving Fred Savage and the troopers. There are glimpses of a stranger, more interesting comedy here that will never be seen, like an opening segment that takes some unexpected turns. The Super Troopers 2 that ends up on screen feels a bit like a flailing act that is still trying to find laughs after the joke ends. The plot doesn't matter in this kind of movie so much as the jokes, and the quality of jokes is rather mediocre, falling back on tired tropes and dated stereotypes. The jokes about Canada rehash lots of well-worn clichés about our neighbors to the north (hockey, vowels, politeness, hockey). Here's an example of the untapped potential for the comedy. There's a funny bit where Farva goes to a local restaurant, discovers a buy-ten-liters-get-a-free-dessert punch card offer, and orders ten liters of soda to drink all at once. It's drawn out in a way that feels like it's going to be the setup for a big punch line. The man has ten liters of soda occupying his bladder. I'm thinking maybe Farva's powerful stream of urine will save the day unexpectedly from the villains at a fortunate moment. At least something, right? All that happens is he's later seen peeing in the woods. That's it. Why even bother with something as outlandish as this setup if there is no inspired payoff? Worse, there are entire lanes of humor that feel painfully dated, unfunny, and like leftovers from an earlier version of the script from the early 2000s. Thorny becomes addicted to female hormone pills ("Flova Scotia") and behaved with tired gender tropes like becoming overly emotional and bitchy (see, it's funny because... that's what ladies... yeah...). It's Thorny's whole character for the movie and it feels so depressingly lazy. You get a sense that everyone was so happy to be back together that the comedy development took a back seat to the fun of the reunion. It feels like a loose collection of untapped comedy premises. Super Troopers 2 has a lot of free time and for a good while becomes a wacky, prank battle between the Americans and Canucks. It's just that a group of fifty-year-old dudes behaving like children can come across as past its prime comedy without further characterization. As someone who found the original Super Troopers to be overrated, what saved the sequel for me was the exuberance of the performances to balance out the lackluster laughs. The Broken Lizard guys have built up an outstanding chemistry and camaraderie together over the course of several decades. These guys an be very funny and they go above and beyond to sell their zany jokes and larger-than-life characters, best typified with Hefferman (Sky High). Farva is meant to be obvious, obnoxious, and buffoonish, and my God does Hefferman seem to be exploding with energy. His spirited line readings seem to exercise every muscle in his face. It's so committed and enthusiastic that Hefferman elevates okay jokes into newly funny jokes. In a similar fashion, the Canadian side characters played by Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, and Hayes MacArthur provide some genuine laughs from their hyperactive and at times incomprehensible cartoon Mounties. Every time they were onscreen I knew I would, at minimum, be amused. Watching skilled performers have fun and actually put forth a worthy effort is a recipe that can make an otherwise boring comedy worth watching, and that's Super Troopers 2. I must also add that the Broken Lizard guys have aged tremendously well and look remarkably similar to how they did in the mid 2000s. Chandrasekhar even appears shirtless and with a toned physique. Again, all pushing fifty. Congrats on the amazing genetics, gang. The Broken Lizard guys may have not had a comedy released since 2009's The Slammin' Salmon and haven't had a theatrically released film since 2006's Beerfest. Perhaps their time of relevance as a comedic group has come and gone, so it makes sense to go back to their biggest hit. The original Super Troopers may have been their breakout but I still find their first film, 1996's Puddle Cruiser, as the group's best. It's a sweet rom-com with enjoyable characters and wit. I've enjoyed the ideas and performances in several of their movies, but their first film managed to bring it all together the best (I think the crazier Beerfest is their second best). Even with lesser material, the Broken Lizard guys have a genial, likable screen chemistry that can smooth over comedy misfires and dropped potential. Super Troopers 2 is like a reheated meal you remember enjoying but lacks that same sense of flavor. You could do worse but you could also certainly do better. Nate's Grade: C

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

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