Movie Review: Super Troopers 2
The gang’s all back for this kickstarted sequel to the cult classic comedy. If you enjoyed Super Troopers, you’re going to want to ride along… just don’t volunteer to get any cats out of a tree. Okay Meow?
Reviewing a comedy is kinda tough. Just saying “it’s funny” doesn’t cut it, and spoiling the jokes is always a potential problem. With Super Troopers 2, thankfully, it’s pretty easy to reference what kind of “funny” you’re signing up for: it’s just like the first movie. If you’ve seen that movie, and you liked it, this is going to be a high speed pursuit down memory lane. Super Troopers 2 manages to capture (then ingest) all of the chemistry of the original without feeling tired. It’s a nonstop barrage of jokes that are juvenile without being absolute trash. It’s a return to form for Broken Lizard, who manage to cut out the puerile excesses of some of their weaker comedies and deliver what fans of the brand wanted.
Super Troopers 2 (2018)
Due to a celebrity ride-along gone bad, the Vermont State Troopers of Spurbury are disbanded. When Mac, Rabbit, Thorny, Foster, and Farva take their old Captain (Brian Cox) up on a get-together fishing trip, they are presented with a(nother) last chance: Captain O’Hagan has been tasked with overseeing the transition of a sleepy little Canadian town that just so happens to have actually been American all along. He wants his boys back, but they’ll have to deal with hostile townies, angry Mounties, and a smuggling operation.
Happiness in the Household
The original Super Troopers felt like the National Lampooning of the “gang of losers” formula, best exemplified by the Police Academy series. Where Super Troopers differed was its lack of stereotyped characters. Well, except for Farva. Whereas in Police Academy you could generally tell what kind of joke you were going to get based on which officer was onscreen, Super Troopers was an amorphous blob of hilarity. Each character was capable of pulling any schtick, so the jokes always came out of left field. It was a team effort, an ensemble piece where you often couldn’t see the punchline until it turned its lights on and pulled you over.
Super Troopers 2 gets right back on that horse. None of the actors have missed a beat, and the camaraderie and petty prankishness of the group feel unforced. These jamokes feel like they were bagged, tagged, and left in Evidence since 2002, unnaffected by time or temperature.
For fans of the original, it’s going to be like finding there was some of that really good “brownie” you had back in the day, perfectly preserved in that jacket you never wear anymore. For newcomers, the ensemble nature makes it easy to slip into this world without having to know anything about these guys. They’re wise-ass losers with a hive mind devoted to screwing off and sassing back. If that’s a genre of comedy you enjoy, you’re in for the primo stuff here.
Until Super Troopers 2 came along, it kind of felt like Broken Lizard was devolving rather than evolving. Each subsequent movie felt less playful and more crass. Much like National Lampoon and their American Pie and Van Wilder series, it seems that the well thought out potty humor was drying up and being replaced by puerile crap. Can’t think of a joke? Boobies!
Super Troopers 2 mostly rights that ship. My feelings on the “aimed at teenage boys” comedy genre has necessarily changed as I make my way towards “old fuddy duddy”, but movies like Deadpool have proven that I still like a well done dick-and-fart joke movie. Threading the needle between sarcastic versus mean, and titillating versus trashy is a tough target to aim for, but Super Troopers felt like a comedy anyone from 13 to 103 can get a chuckle out of. Yes, it has some nudity, but it’s nowhere near as egregious as Club Dread, and it adheres to the new HBO gold standard: you can show two sets of boobs for every dick. That’s downright progressive.
Chicanery That Lives Up To The Shenanigans
That’s pretty much all I can say without referencing specific skits. The story gets slipped into the buffoonery in a way that is pretty germane, the new characters (including Rob Lowe as a former Hockey Legend/current Mayor) blend right into the ensemble, and I laughed out loud several times (something I’m less inclined to do when I’m in a darkened room full of randos). Some of the “Canada, Eh?” jokes don’t land, but I’ve lived on the border of Canadia all my life and I’ve heard just about all the good Canada jokes already, so I’m not gonna get too picky about that.
If you want to relive the glory days of early 2000 slapstick/raunchy comedy, Super Troopers 2 isn’t going to harsh your mellow. Instead of basking in it’s cult classic-ness, Super Troopers 2 gets right back to work. Which for these guys means not working at all.