Super Troopers 2
review by Bobby Blakey
One of my favorite comedies of all time is Broken Lizards 2001 cult classic Super Troopers. I have seen that movie hundreds to times and it never gets old. There were talks for years about doing a sequel, but it looked like it was never going to happen. After a successful crowd funding campaign the film was greenlit and the fans lost their minds in anticipation for the follow-up. The entire cast return along with some great new additions including Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur, Will Sasso, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Lynda Carter, but does it capture the magic fun of the original or should they have stayed off the highway?
Super Troopers 2 follows the Super Troopers who are tasked with establishing a Highway Patrol station in the disputed area when a border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada. One of the best things about the original is that it kind of came out of nowhere and offered up something fresh and new. Anytime sequels like this get made there is a fear of just repeating itself and feeling more like a cash grab, but thankfully the time it took to bring this new chapter to life did it justice. Sure there are a lot of the jokes brought back into play, but they used them to create new laughs and in different ways to keep them both fresh and familiar.
The entire cast jump right back into character like they never left and remind us all of why they are so great. They waste no time getting right into the fun of it all and don’t try to force it to be more than it needs to be. If it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it mentality is in full play and it works across the board. There are some jokes that may not hit the mark for everyone, but for me they worked. The first film seemed to work a lot better as a whole, but I think part of that is the lack of knowing what to expect whereas here we have preconceived notions of what’s to come and stifles the magic. Thankfully these guys are so good at what they do it all falls right into place where it belongs and creates another fun outing with the highway patrol.
Fans of the original film will no doubt love this latest entry as well, but whether they hold this one above it will vary. I applaud the guys for bringing something more to the legend of these characters to the big screen like only they can and can only hope this isn’t the last time we see them. Stay through the credits for a fun mid-credit scene that just adds more to the already hilarious fun film.
In addition to the film this release offers up plenty of bonus features including trailer, extended & deleted scenes, and featurettes taking you behind bringing the troopers back to the big screen. Join the highway patrol antics with Super Troopers 2 available now on Digital, Movies Anywhere, Blu-ray and DVD from 20th century Fox Home Entertainment.