Super Troopers 2 (2018)
Super Troopers 2 (2018)

Genre: Comedy Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.

Release Date: April 20th, 2018 MPAA Rating: R

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar Actors: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Lowe, Lynda Carter, Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan

 


 

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fter an ill-fated ride-along with celebrity Fred Savage, reckless Vermont Highway Patrolmen “Thorny” Ramathorn (Jay Chandrasekhar), “Mac” Womack (Steve Lemme), “Rabbit” Roto (Erik Stolhanske), Foster (Paul Soter), and Farva (Kevin Heffernan) are finally relieved of their duties as police officers. The gang of misfits gets a second chance, however, when Captain John O’Hagan (Brian Cox) informs them of a special assignment that requires men of their not-so-high standards of law enforcement. The town of St. Georges du Laurent falls within a patch of land above Vermont that Canada has agreed to relinquish to the United States. And the transition phase will require a new police force.

While O’Hagan and his crew enthusiastically accept the role, the citizens of the city vehemently push back, as do the Canadian Mounties who face replacement. But an ample supply of bullying and verbal abuse won’t stop the Vermont policemen from forging ahead; it’s not long before they’re up to their old antics of outlandish pranks and wild unprofessionalism. When the group stumbles upon an abandoned house stocked with illegal pills, cigars, and counterfeit phones, it’s once again up to the bumbling troopers to solve the crime and save the day.

Within the first few minutes, someone is kicked in the groin. The humor hasn’t changed at all, quite surprisingly, in the approximately 16 years since the original film’s theatrical release. It doesn’t work as well, considering how much older the players are, though this initial gag certainly sets the tone for the rest of the running time – which is to say that fans will know exactly what is coming, and everyone else will be in for substantial dumbfounding.

“Everything will be by the book!” A high-speed pursuit, a destructive shootout, and recklessness that leads to death are also part of the opening moments, though the action is peppered with senseless jabbering, which composes the majority of the film. The script features wisecracks galore, some garnering laughs but most falling staggeringly short of funny. On display is a level of idiocy that is rarely seen on the big screen; it’s comparable to “Dumb and Dumber” or the lunacy of the Three Stooges, which are extremely over-the-top, practically cartoon versions of live-action slapstick comedy. Hollywood doesn’t make movies like this, primarily because the realism is so spectacularly absent that general audiences won’t understand why people behave the way that they do, or how predicaments can have any weight to them when real-world consequences are nonexistent. Turning off one’s brain to this degree is nearly impossible.

Amid the colossal quantities of nonsense is a scatterbrained scheme that finds the hopelessly inept squad back on the job – and once again solving a mystery. This plot prompts a few location changes, but has little impact on any of the characters; they spend nearly all of their time planning pranks against their coworkers, or hatching revenge notions against their rivals. Those rivals are actually some of the most amusing inclusions, as they get to do all the phony accents and caricatures of French Canadians, who become the butt of virtually every joke. When the team isn’t staring at breasts, inciting riots, threatening to shave one another’s testicles, hallucinating on drugs, or grooming their mustaches, they’re poking fun at the entire playbook of Canadian stereotypes – from hockey to bordellos to strong beer to intimacy with moose to peculiar pronunciations. There are also plenty of nods to the previous film, lending to distinct repetition (though, very curiously, the phrase “mustache ride” is never uttered), as well as references to obscurer things, like Fred Savage, whose fame probably won’t extend to modern audiences. “Super Troopers 2” is indescribably inane, giving fans more time with the Broken Lizard troupe, but providing everyone else with little more than a handful of hilarious outtakes. It’s the kind of project that feels as if good friends are palling around and improvising, while viewers will struggle to find consistent humor, even if they were tripping on all the drugs depicted in the film.

– The Massie Twins

  • 4/10