Those bumbling highway patrolmen are back sixteen years later in this long-awaited sequel that has its moments, and almost ranks up there with original with one small minor flaw.
After losing their jobs as both Vermont Highway Patrolmen and Spurbury Policemen, Ramathorn, Farva, Mac, Foster, and Rabbit have been working odd jobs. However, they soon learn of a major opportunity to restore their one-time glory. They have learned that the United States and Canada have come to an agreement when it has been revealed that the small town of St. Georges du Laurent in Canada is actually on American soil. The transition will allow the five ex-policemen to once again become part of the Vermont Highway Patrol under their old superior, Captain O’Hagan.
The news does not bode well with either the townsfolk or the three Mounties in charge of the town, Podien, Bellefuille, and Archambault. When the Canadian trio decide to start up a war through pranks against the highway patrolmen, they decide to fight back and go as far as impersonating the mounties after they kidnap them and force them into the woods. However, along the way, they discover a stash of illegal drugs and weapons allowed in the U.S. What was supposed to be a simple transition becomes an all out border war with all sides coming to blows.
The 2002 film Super Troopers was quite an indie hit for the Broken Lizard comedy troupe. It soon would launch into a successful career for the team of Jay Chandrasekhar (who also directed the original and this sequel), Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, and Steve Lemme. With films such as Club Dread and Beerfest to name a few, the question was, would there be the return of the patrolmen? Thanks to some crowdfunding that spawn double what the team was asking for, it has finally arrived.
Does it live up to the original film? Very, very closely, but with just one small issue. However, the gags which would become the trademark of the original film, have been taken up a few notches. This time, instead of the local police that the highway patrol are at war with, it is now the Canadian Mounties. The only issue clearly lies with some of the stereotypes involving Canada, it leads to a bit of overacting from the trio of Hayes MacArthur, Will Sasso, and Tyler Labine as the trio of Mounties. The most, while it is meant to be funny, is a bit unfunny when the trio start an argument over Danny DeVito.
The reason behind the firing of the group as local police become just one of the running gags of the film as it involves a cameo from a major name who would appear in the film’s mid-credit flashback. Another running gag involves the term “liter o’cola”, which is used again but to a more positive effect and in one running gag, perhaps a nod to Kevin Nash’s character in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard, one unlucky “trooper” ends up on a spiraling addiction to a female version of Viagra. Make that a Canadian female of Viagra. The Canadian Mountie impersonation montage is quite a hoot as well, especially when Mac and Ramathorn tell a couple the key to life that just has to be seen to be believed.
Despite some overacting from the Canadian Mountie trio, Super Troopers 2 lives up to the hype as a long-awaited hilarious sequel that keeps the spirit of the Broken Lizard team alive and well. Even if it is sixteen years later, it is like these guys have never left.
WFG RATING: A-
Fox Searchlight Pictures present a Broken Lizard Industries and Cataland Films production. Director: Jay Chandrasekhar. Producer: Richard Perello. Writers: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, and Steve Lemme. Cinematography: Joe Collins. Editing: Spencer Houck.
Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Hayes MacArthur, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans Jr., Clifton Collins Jr., Lynda Carter, Marisa Coughlan.