- Release date: April 20, 2018
- Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
- Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan
- Rating: R
- Run time: 1h 40 min
“Actors shouldn’t try to play cops. They never get it right.” – Paul Soter as Foster in Super Troopers 2
While this may be true, Super Troopers 2 was made for Super Troopers fans. The Broken Lizard troupe found a recipe that works, and they baked up a pretty damn good sequel. If you don’t like macarons, stay the hell out of a French bakery.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that the plot of Super Troopers 2 is reminiscent to the original. The Vermont Highway Patrol have been tasked with working alongside a Canadian Mountie unit after it’s revealed that a portion of existing Canadian territory, including the town St. Georges du Laurent, is actually U.S. land. Governor Jessman, played by the one and only Lynda Carter, tasks the accident-prone prankster cops with phasing out the Canadian law enforcement team, during which a drug smuggling endeavor is unearthed. The rest of the movie is dedicated to figuring out who is responsible for the illegal activity. To reveal anything more would simply render a spoiler alert necessary.
Super Troopers 2 was originally slated to be written as a prequel to the original comedy crime film released in 2001, but ultimately ended up being written as a sequel that takes place right where the highway patrollers left off. Written by the Broken Lizard troupe, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soterand Erik Stolhanske, the sequel launches viewers into a police chase scene that ends quite unexpectedly. Celebrity cameos by a Wayans brother and an American Pie alumni appear early in the film, offering viewers a taste of nostalgia from comedy classics of yore.
There is no doubt that the original Super Troopers developed a cult following, allowing the Broken Lizard troupe to raise funds for the sequel via a crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign. To date, the campaign remains one of the most profitable fan-backed projects for a film. If you’re heading to the theatre looking for something other than a ball-blasting, prank-riddled, slapstick series of scenes, then your theatre excursion will end in disappointment. And, of course, you can expect the same shenanigans and surface-level jokes that made stoned teens and twentysomethings fall in love with the original. Testicles are shaved, a patroller is chased into a port-o-potty by a bear, nudity abounds, racist jokes fly freely and French-Canadian accents are intentionally butchered. As a bonus, Steve Lemme offers fans full frontal.
The plot is fairly creative, but the real highlight of the film is the cast, the costumes and a trio of Canadian Mounties played by Tyler Labine, Will Sasso and Hayes MacArthur. The three burly, hockey-loving law enforcers plug jokes about America’s refusal to convert to the metric system, landline phones ringing during a hockey game, universal healthcare and who the hell Danny DeVito is. DeVito’s Jersey Films was the firm who executive produced Super Troopers, and according to Chandrasekhar, DeVito still hasn’t seen the film. The troupe dedicated a whole scene in the sequel to DeVito in hopes that he’ll watch it!
Captain O’Hagan is still a karaoke-loving drunk; the sexy Emmanuelle Chriqui offers viewers a welcome interruption from the usual cast; Rob Lowe is both disturbing and hilarious as the brothel-owning, French-Canadian Mayor Guy LeFranc, offering moviegoers improvised scenes; and Fred Savage and Jim Gaffigan have short—but hilarious—cameos. It’s obvious the cast and crew had a blast while making the film.