Don Reviews "Super Troopers 2"
From a young age, I wanted to be a police officer, dreaming of being in the squad portrayed in shows like “Hill Street Blues” and pursuing it to the point of getting a degree in Criminal Sociology and taking my first job out of college as a Probation Officer for Dallas County in Texas. Granted, films like “Super Troopers” aren’t the most accurate, but I still enjoy films of this type. Now, there is a sequel!
“Super Troopers 2” is the new film that was co-written, directed, and stars Jay Chandrasekhar (Beerfest, The Loop) along with Rob Lowe (The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire), Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman, Sky High), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage, Wrong Turn), Brian Cox (X-Men 2, Troy), Marisa Coughlan (Pumpkin, Man Up), Kevin Heffernan (Workaholics, Life), Erik Stolhanske (The Slammin’ Salmon) Steve Lemme (Freeloaders), Paul Soter (Dark Circles, Puddle Cruiser), and Will Sasso (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Happy Gilmore). The Vermont Highway Patrolmen from the first film are no longer in law enforcement because of an unfortunate incident with a celebrity and are now working as a construction crew. When they meet up with their old leader (Cox) for what they think is a fishing trip in Canada, they find out that the real reason they are there is because there is a small part of the country which may be turned over to be part of Vermont due to an error in an old treaty. Governor Jessman (Carter) asks them be reinstated as officers so they can start working with the local mayor Le Franc (Lowe) and the Mounted Police in the treaty area. In doing so, they stumble on a new case to work.
Part of the film was shot in Massachusetts to double as both Canada and Vermont, which I thought was done well. When it comes to the acting, I always enjoy Cox when he plays that sort of no-nonsense leader, especially as he and the others interact with Heffernan, whose Farva is the exact opposite of him. (Could he be a distant relative of mine or be tailored after me?) The only thing I didn’t really get into here was Lowe, whose work I normally enjoy, but his attempt of the French Canadian accent did not measure up.
At about an hour and forty minutes long, “Super Troopers 2” is about the right length, with strong comedic writing that have plenty of laughs. Just like everything else that the Broken Lizard crew does, this is VERY adult-oriented with nudity, language, and adult situations that works very well. If you liked the first film, I think you will enjoy this one as well. Go into this film know what you are getting into and have a good time as a matinee or twilight showing.