‘Super Troopers 2’ Film Review: The Laughs Catch in Your Throat in Kooky-Cop Sequel

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The opening minutes of the Broken Lizard comedy “Super Troopers 2” are so breathlessly funny they might asphyxiate you. The scene begins with a familiar set-up — a Vermont Highway Patrolman pulls over a vehicle full of pot smokers — and then ploughs through one outlandish reversal after another.

The unwritten history between the first “Super Troopers” and the second is absurdly revealed, and the returning characters from the original get aggrandized to such an outrageous extent that it somehow comes across as ironic self-flagellation.

It comes as no surprise that “Super Troopers 2” cannot maintain either that opening scene’s pace or its hilarity. That degree of madcap inanity could probably never be sustained over long periods of time without becoming exhausting. At some point the actual “movie” part of this new “Super Troopers” movie has to begin, and once it does, the whole film starts to tumble steadily downhill.

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The first “Super Troopers” told the story of a group of Vermont state troopers who had so little responsibility that they pulled people over for no reason just to play whimsical improv games. They bantered, they slapsticked, and they eventually solved a big case, which proved that they weren’t totally incompetent at their jobs. It’s not a complicated movie, but it’s a likable one, and a sequel was probably inevitable. If anything, it’s hard to believe it took 17 years.

“Super Troopers 2” picks up with our heroes at an all-time low. A mysterious incident in their past has destroyed their law enforcement careers, but they are brought back together again by a bizarre revelation: a small chunk of Canada along the Vermont border has, due to an oversight, actually been part of America all this time. A police force is needed to help make the transition, and every other cop in Vermont already has their own territory, so the troopers are the only ones available to take the gig on short notice.

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So it is that Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Rabbit (Eric Stolhanske), Foster (Paul Soter), Mac (Steve Lemme) and Captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) get their badges back. Unfortunately, nobody told the governor not to invite Rod Farva (Kevin Hefferman), one of the most horrible human beings on the planet, so he also returns to the force and quickly becomes the bane of everyone’s existence.

Scholarly papers should be written about the comedic versatility of a character like Farva. He’s such an off-putting oaf, and such a spiteful and sexist scumbag, that he can be the butt of literally any joke, no matter how cruel or violent, and it seems relatively fair. As a bonus, he makes all the other characters look better by comparison, so much so that he heroes of “Super Troopers” and “Super Troopers 2” perhaps only look heroic by virtue of the fact they are literally standing next to Farva.

Every time Farva says or does something over the line — like uncomfortably ogle their cultural attaché, Genevieve (Emmanuelle Chriqui) — the rest of the troopers get to tsk-tsk and say he’s taken the joke too far. But of course, Farva makes that kind of joke all the time. The inescapable irony is that Broken Lizard doesn’t disapprove enough to actually stop telling Farva’s jokes. They’re constantly trying to get away with making those jokes by saying they definitely shouldn’t be making them.

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This anything-goes mentality steadily drags down “Super Troopers 2.” The film’s jokes about the differences between Canada and the United States are arch, and rather dumb. The troopers spend some time joking about Canadian clichés, like how nice everyone is and how they pronounce the word “sorry,” so it’s kind of funny when they realize that the stereotyping goes both ways. The Canadian Mounties they’re replacing — Podien (Hayes MacArthur), Bellefuille (Tyler Labine) and Archambault (Will Sasso) — have just as many tacky generalizations to make about Americans, and watching an entire roomful of Canadians make fun of the way Americans pronounce “sorry,” for once, is fair play if nothing else.

But as the troopers go about their business, investigating a smuggling operation and pulling their trademark pranks, it becomes clear that although Broken Lizard are too talented and likable to make a film entirely without laughs, they can’t entirely coast on charm and skillful comic timing.

The Canadian-stereotype gags are pervasive to the point that they eventually play less like good-natured ribbing and more like lazy joke-writing and willful ignorance. An ill-advised storyline about Thorny taking female hormone pills goes to every predictable, disappointing place you’d expect it to. And even the bread and butter of the “Super Troopers” movies, those wacky traffic stops, are a heck of a lot less funny than they ever were, because the real-world corollaries are inescapable and disturbing.

“Super Troopers 2” plays like a relic of the rowdy summer-camp movies, mostly of the 1980s, when characters who were objectively jerks could still seem like heroes if they punched upwards, at an establishment so stuffy they made any form of rebellion look noble. What “Super Troopers 2” is missing, and what the original more-or-less had, is that underdog dynamic. A big part of the problem is that the troopers are in charge this time, and they’re mostly just abusing their power for petty, selfish reasons.

So even though they sometimes land a great joke, the troopers aren’t inherently amusing or even all that likable this time around. They’re undeniably corrupt cops, even if they are relatively benign about it. “Super Troopers 2” still manages to be funny quite a bit of the time, but the word “funny” needs an asterisk next to it, warning that the laughs might carry with them a certain amount of guilt.



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WRITE-THRU, 7:51 AM: The preview numbers are all in this morning for three new films debuting this weekend: the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2,  and the drama/thriller Traffik about human traffiking.
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Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ Zips to $1 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty” earned $1 million at the Thursday box office.

In comparison, Schumer’s “Trainwreck” earned $1.8 million in previews in 2015 before it grossed $30 million in its opening weekend, whereas last year’s “Snatched” grossed $650,000 on Thursday night before opening to $19.5 million. “I Feel Pretty” is aiming for a $13 million to $15 million opening weekend, based on a production budget of $32 million.

“I Feel Pretty” stars Schumer as Renee, who after a head injury during a workout class sees her body in a completely new perspective and has a newfound confidence to live life fearlessly. The film, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, also stars Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Aidy Bryant, Busy Philipps and Tom Hopper.

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“Super Troopers 2” earned $1.35 million from 1,850 locations on Thursday night, with showings starting at 4:20 p.m. To compare, Universal’s “Blockers” earned $1.5 million in previews a couple weeks ago, and had an opening weekend of $20.5 million.

It is the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar, which was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollar.

The sequel is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

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Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million after grossing $225,000 in previews on Thursday.

“A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens — the film starring Dwayne Johnson earned another 1.9 million on Thursday night for a domestic cumulative of $45.6 million.

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With “Avengers: Infinity War” a week away, most studios are giving this weekend a wide berth. No studio wants to put out a major release this weekend only to have moviegoers ignore it next week in favor of the most anticipated film of the year. It’s why Warner Bros. moved “Rampage” up to last week after “Avengers” was bumped from May 4 to April 27.

Instead, this weekend’s list of wide releases consists of three films that are all expected to open to under $20 million. Analysts who spoke with TheWrap say that “A Quiet Place” and “Rampage” will once again contend for the No. 1 spot, with the edge being given to “A Quiet Place” after it held its second-weekend drop-off to 34 percent. “A Quiet Place” is looking at a third weekend total in the low $20 million range, with “Rampage” expected to take a 45-50 percent drop and make a second weekend total in the high teens.

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Leading the new releases is “I Feel Pretty,” Amy Schumer’s latest comedy about a woman who is knocked out while trying to lose weight, and wakes up with a completely new perspective about her body.

Three years ago, Schumer left a big mark on the box office with her debut film “Trainwreck,” which opened to $30 million and went on to gross $140.7 million worldwide. But last year’s sophomore effort, “Snatched,” flopped in the shadow of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” opening to $19.5 million and only grossing $60.8 million globally.

“I Feel Pretty” is expected to make even less than that. Opening in 3,400 locations, the comedy’s pre-weekend tracking gives it a launch of $13-15 million and a third-place finish on the weekend. One advantage is that, unlike Schumer’s previous films, “I Feel Pretty” is rated PG-13 instead of R. This could help spread the film to a wider audience if the film’s message of body positivity resonates with the first wave of moviegoers.

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“I Feel Pretty” is the directorial debut of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who also wrote the screenplay.  Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Rory Scovel, and Aidy Bryant also star.

Also out this weekend is Fox Searchlight’s “Super Troopers 2,” the sequel to the cult comedy by Jay Chandrasekhar. It was released in February 2002 and opened to $6.2 million — $9.8 million in today’s dollars — and the sequel is expected to open to $8-9 million this weekend.

The film is written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team, which includes Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as a group of bumbling Vermont State Troopers. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the group sets up an outpost in the disputed land, and their arrival isn’t welcomed by the Canadians. Brian Cox, Seann William Scott, Lynda Carter, and Rob Lowe also star.

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Finally, there’s Codeblack/Lionsgate’s “Traffik,” a thriller written and directed by Deon Taylor that stars Paula Patton as a journalist whose romantic getaway with her boyfriend is shattered after they accidentally come into possession of a phone belonging to a group of sex traffickers. Lionsgate is giving the film a targeted release of around 1,000 screens with a projected opening of $4 million.

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Super Troopers 2 is a waste of a high

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The original Super Troopers was marketed with the tag line, “Altered State Police.” In the sequel, released some 17 years later, there is a scene in which one of those aforementioned drug-addled cops hallucinates the words “Highway Patrol” reversing to say “Way High Patrol.” If there is any further doubt as to what…

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The full Super Troopers 2 trailer actually comes with a liter of cola 

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When it comes to Super Troopers 2, a movie that’s coming out more than 17 years after the original, you’re probably either very excited already or you couldn’t care less. Do you like that “meow” gag? Do you like the “liter of cola” bit? Do you like the comfort of seeing characters you liked a long time ago acting…

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Goofy ‘Super Troopers 2’ Teaser Trailer Reunites Broken Lizard (Watch)

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The Broken Lizard team has officially returned with a wild, red-band teaser trailer for “Super Troopers 2,” 16 years after the original. The trailer — subtitled “Shave the Date” —  includes a bizarre comedy sequence involving the shaving of Erik Stolhanske’s Rabbit character by his fellow goofy Vermont state troopers. “Seriously, cut the crap, guys… Read more »

‘Super Troopers 2’ Red-Band Trailer Reunites Broken Lizard for More Madness (Video)

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Everyone’s favorite law enforcement team is back in the teaser trailer for “Super Troopers 2.”

The main cast of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske return as state troopers, 16 years after the original “Super Troopers” was released.

This time, the Super Troopers are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station during a border dispute between the U.S. and Canada.

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The film also stars Rob Lowe and Emmanuelle Chriqui; it’s directed by Chandrasekhar and written by Broken Lizard.

Broken Lizard, the comedy team behind the original film, raised more than $4.5 million during a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo in 2015 to fund “Super Troopers 2,” shooting past its initial goal of $2 million.

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The first film grossed $18.5 million domestically and $23.2 million worldwide and received mediocre reviews, coming in at 35 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. However, the film went on to become a cult hit.

“Super Troopers 2” will hit theaters on April 20, 2018.

Watch the teaser above.

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Fox Searchlight’s Super Troopers 2, the followup to 2001’s zany comedy from Broken Lizard, will arrive in theaters April 20, 2018. Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are back as writers and stars with Chandrasekhar returning as the film’s director.  In the installment, the Super Troopers–Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva — are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station  when an international border…