The first SUPER TROOPERS movie released in 2001 was a dumb ass but funny enough movie that earned Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe involved with the movie a sufficient following.
SUPER TROOPERS 2 is the long awaited sequel that took a very long time to reach the big screen because of production approval and funding problems. The film finally got funding from the fans, a big $2 million or so worth. What do audiences get? Another low-life dumb comedy. Do NOT have high expectations going to see this one. I did not. But I laughed my head off at the dumbness. And I had a super trooper good time.
Director Chandrasekhar wanted to make a prequel set in the 70’s with the cast portraying the fathers of the original characters. It sounds like a terrible idea. Probably is! Thankfully, Broken Lizard did not follow that idea but did a sequel that started where the original left off. Foster (Paul Soter), Farva (Kevin Heffenan), Rabbit (Erik Stohlhanske), Mac (Steve Lemme) and Throny (director Chandrasekhar), the original five are in it, together with their captain, a stern faced O’Hagan (British Brian Cox). Surprisingly, straight faced Cox gets the film’s most laughs in every scene he is in.
The lame plot involves part of Canada actually being the United States so the Super Troopers are recruited (after losing their jobs in the last film) to patrol the border. They encounter a smuggling scheme of drugs that they eventually solve (well, sort of) with the help of the Canadian mounties. But the story leaves plenty of opportunity for dumb jokes. These dumb jokes are hilarious, the funniest ones of which involve comedic timing.
The film opens with cameos by Seann William Scott and Damon Wayans Jr. as two troopers who bust a trailer for speeding and dope. The sequence involves a well-filmed car chase. All the shenanigans are not that funny but it is rewarding to watch Wayans and Scott do their thing. One can tell that if one joke does not work, there are lots more around the corner, and some of these will work. The real super troopers of the film are slowly introduced with the story brought in.
As expected, the film contains a lot of Canadian vs. American banter, about which country is the better one or which one is the worst one. If the jokes are nasty to the Americans, there will be an equally nasty aimed at the Canadian.s It is an almost equal tit-for-tat.
Three other 80’s stars (as the film caters towards 80’s humour) who lend their hand are Lynda Carter as Governor Jessman), Rob Lowe playing a small-town Canadian major, Guy LeFranc, the bad guy and Fred Savage playing himself. The 80’s period atmosphere is not really convincingly created but the 80’s hippie humour (including a noticeable hippie song) is definitely emphasized.
Hate it or love it, Super Troopers is dumb fun which succeeds in that respect.