Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenplay: Broken Lizard
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox
Runtime: 100 Minutes
Super Troopers was a 2001 comedy film with a neat little hook for the time, where its group of highway patrol cops played by the “Broken Lizard” comedy troupe broke up their boring days by hassling motorists with improvised gags at the expense of cultural and regional stereotypes and slacker to and fro banter. It’s slight, but it became a surprise hit of the time – and now 17 years later comes the sequel everyone’s been waiting for…
That’s kind of the biggest problem with this crowdfunded follow-up; nobody asked for it beyond a novelty aspect by its small but devoted fanbase and there’s nowhere really to take it beyond just re-treading the same material over again with and reminiscing with the same cast. The only wrinkle here is that the actual plot that took up most of the original’s third act here takes up a majority of the film, that being the culture clash deriving from the transfer of power between a small Canadian town and the Northern Vermont in United States (riveting).
If sequels to the likes of Dumb and Dumber, Joe Dirt and this are proof of anything then it’s that you can’t go home again. It’s not a total wash, the cast still have energy and good timing and its still fun to see the otherwise sensible Brian Cox acting out, but it’s going back over old ground for keen fans and it’ll feel like attending an exhaustive and heavily reminiscent Reunion event for everyone else.