Review: Super Troopers 2

April 19, 2018
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Remember how you felt the first time you saw Super Troopers?  Wasn’t it great?  I still remember seeing it in the only theater in Central Pennsylvania that ran indie films and laughing my balls off.  The opening scene is still one of the funniest scenes ever made and holds up all these years later.  Sure, the plot is pretty stupid but there was enough consistently funny stuff to make you forget that.  When I found out that there was a crowd funding campaign to raise money for a sequel I was passionately on board.  I remember telling everyone I could find about it and speculating what it would be about.  I thought they had to crowd fund it because that’s the only way for them to keep the script exactly how they want it; to be as irreverent and ridiculous as the first.  Well, after seeing Super Troopers 2 I can assure you, they had to crowd fund it because it was too lousy for any studio to make it.

I think it’s important to point out again that this is coming from a huge fan of the first one.  You can even hear my excitement in the interview I did with Jay Chandrasekhar and Kevin Heffernan, which I did before seeing it, posted below the review.  It pains me to have to write this.  It’s clear now that Broken Lizard, the comedy group behind Super Troopers, captured lightening in a bottle once and was never able to do it again.  Their other films like Club Dread, Beerfest, and The Slammin’ Salmon are pretty unwatchable junk.  But because of how great Super Troopers is, I was always willing to give them a pass.  That being said, Super Troopers 2 should have been a slam-dunk but it was so poorly written and executed that it’s clear that the fluke was the one and only winner in their resumes.

Besides Chandrasekhar and Heffernan, the rest of the cast comes back and that even includes Brian Cox (X-Men 2, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), who is a really good, well-respected actor.  Joining the cast this time around is Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui (Wrong Turn, Don’t Mess with the Zohan), Will Sasso (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Fox’s Mad TV), Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs Evil, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Hayes MacArthur (She’s Out of My League).  The last three are a team of Canadian Mounties that are the funniest part of the movie and you know there is a problem when the supporting characters are funnier than the main.  There are some cameos sprinkled here and there but none of them add anything to the film and Jim Gaffigan’s is actually rather pathetic.

I know it seems like I’m being too hard on this film and maybe I went in with unrealistic expectations.  Maybe.  It could be that it’s 17 years later and my taste in comedy has changed.  Meh.  I think it’s that Super Troopers 2 is just not a good movie.  There are scenes here and there that did make me laugh out loud.  One montage in the middle is actually hilarious and reminds me of the original.  But the belly laughs aren’t enough to make me forget about all the eye rolling and groan-inducing jokes that don’t land, piss-poor acting, and desperate grasps at being edgy that feel downright tame by today’s standards.

I’m sure the boys at Broken Lizard thought they were being hilarious releasing this on 4/20.  It could also be that they know their audience and are sending the message that you should totally see Super Troopers 2 baked.  It’s true that I don’t do drugs but I can’t imagine that there is any state of intoxication that would make this movie better than what it already and sadly is.  Does this mean that Broken Lizard should stop making movies?  There’s still part of me that clings to hope that they’ve got another spectacular comedy in their veins so I’ll say no.  But let me put it this way…they better wait and get 1,000% sure that they do before they make it.