Super Troopers 2 delivers a fun adventure that finds a way to make light of our differences, but it doesn’t take them so seriously that we would be offended. Meow!
I have an affinity for comedy in films. Growing up in the 1980’s I had the benefit of seeing the earliest stages of Saturday Night Live and Second City (SCTV); the Zucker Brothers took physical comedy to a whole different level, while Bob and Doug Mackenzie were an earlier version of Wayne and Garth. So, you might be wondering why I’m waxing poetic about the comedy I grew up with when I should be talking about Jay Chandrasekhar’s Super Troopers 2.
Well, it’s because all of the acts that I mentioned, shaped the comedy brain trust behind the story of five whacky state troopers from Vermont and their captain. Where the first film was full of continuous set pieces and an incoherent story line, the Broken Lizard team, comprised of Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske made sure to address that deficiency with this latest film.
There is a disputed area of land on the U. S. – Canadian border which belongs to the United States and our five favorite, good-natured, foul mouthed peace officers are tasked with keeping the peace with the natives, eh. Something’s foul, and for once it’s not just Farva’s mouth. Antics ensue as the team pieces together a sinister plot to disrupt the smooth transition of the land and the population.
There’s a genuineness with the story in Super Troopers 2, as our favorite cops try to be on their best behavior, but there isn’t a frame where something funny, a prank or a joke happens without a purpose. Even the opening sequence of the film sets the mood just right for a prank-filled 100 minutes.
The supporting cast does such an amazing job. As Guy Le Franc, Rob Lowe uses his cool, suave veneer to charm our troopers. Opposite our heroes, are the Mounties (Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur) and they are not going to take anything from our heroes. They can’t take much from our heroes either. Emmanuelle Chriqui plays Genevieve Aubois, a cultural attaché. She holds her own and makes for a nice love interest for one of our characters. For all the visual gags and jokes in Super Troopers 2, having a love interest grounded the film’s story and Ms. Chriqui played the role to perfection. Lynda Carter has a small role, but she gets to be part of an amazing joke at one point in the film. (If you’ve read our interview with Broken Lizard, you’ll know about the joke I’m referring to.)
When I first started watching Brian Cox act, I thought he was a little too pompous. What I discovered is that he has such brilliant timing, whether drama or comedy. As Captain O’Hagen, he plays every joke with a straight face and I loved the comradery between he and the rest of the cast. No matter how inept or silly a prank was, the captain would be there, a straight look on his face, but you could tell he wanted to break character.
As a fan of Beerfest, the Broken Lizard team caught my attention. With Super Troopers 2, they have my heart and it’s laughing to the beat of the Super Troopers drum. Now, in theaters, check it out.
Now in theaters, Super Troopers 2 is rated R by the MPAA.