Friday, April 20, 2018

Movie Review: "Super Troopers 2" (2018)

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes

The former members of the Vermont highway patrol reunite when it is discovered that a small part of Canada is actually on American soil. Now, the once-defunct team of state troopers are back to show Canada how Americans enforce the law of the land.
"You can say 'queefing' on Canadian TV? What a country!" (Image Source)
It has been 17 years since the original "Super Troopers" was released. Now, the crowd-funded sequel is finally in the hands of the masses. We wonder if those who donated to this project will think it was worth the wait, and more importantly, worth the money they invested once they see this final product. "Super Troopers 2" is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, who also directed the original "Super Troopers," as well as other Broken Lizard releases like "Club Dread" and "Beerfest." The movie is written by and stars the Broken Lizard crew, including the aforementioned Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, and Kevin Heffernan. These gentlemen once again play the unruly members of the Vermont highway patrol: Thorny, Mac, Rabbit, Foster, and of course, Farva. The team has been out of the law enforcement game for a while. Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) learns that part of Canada actually belongs to the United States and is about to become part of her state of Vermont. So, she makes the obvious choice to rehire the old crew to help with the transition process... seriously, what other option did she have?! Captain O'Hagan (Brian Cox) and the other members of the Vermont highway patrol must do their best to act as good ambassadors and show Canada how Americans enforce the law.
"You're probably gonna tell us NOT to listen to Rush anymore, or the Barenaked Ladies!"(Image Source)
I've heard people online say that if you are a fan of the original "Super Troopers," you are probably a dude-bro. Besides being a stupid and sweeping generalization, as a 31-year-old woman, I can tell you that this is not factually accurate. The first film meant a lot to me in my youth. It was popular amongst my group of friends, and BigJ and I have watched it several times together as well. To this day, we still quote it often. We have dozens upon dozens of fond memories about this movie. Despite this, we had low expectations for the sequel. The trailers were lackluster. The Broken Lizard crew hasn't made a worthwhile movie in over a decade. As with most long-oft sequels, we were worried "Super Troopers 2" wouldn't be anywhere near as good as the original. Our expectations, however, were shattered...............and not in a good way.
"What's 80 km/hr in English?" (Image Source)
"Super Troopers 2" is far worse than we could have ever imagined. It is painfully unfunny. The movie is full of tired and recycled callbacks, jokes about dicks, jokes about vaginas, and jokes about French people, Canadian people, and French-Canadian people. When the squad isn't ribbing on Canadian accents, they are making fun of how Canadians love hockey and pancakes, as if that's never been done before in a comedy. When the group isn't busy mocking people who are French-Canadian, they are finding ways to fit the word "RAMROD" and words that rhyme with "(va)gine" into every single sentence. The new characters, Canadian Mounties Archambault, Podien, and Bellefuille (Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur, and Tyler Labine) make gags about how Americans are fat, lazy, and obnoxious, so much so that they drive around in wheelchairs because they are fat, lazy, and obnoxious. Oh, and there is a running joke about how women are emotionally unstable, impulsive, overly hormonal, and lactate from their breasts. Shocker! Any stereotypical joke you can think of about obese people, cops, women, or people from America, Canada, Mexico, Japan, or France is probably included in this script, just in case you thought this movie was released only a year after the original and assumed we all still have the same sense of humor that we had in 2001. Most of the jokes fall tortuously flat. We chuckled three or four times, but these titters came few and far between, and these laughs were never caused by running jokes or callbacks. The story itself is boring and predictable. While comedies are notorious for having massively thin plots, we can overlook any shortage of story if the material is funny enough. We can tolerate a bad script if the humor's right, but when the jokes are so bad that you feel embarrassed for sitting in a way-too-crowded-for-10-am showing, it would be nice to have a decent narrative to fall back on.
This picture of the cast of "Super Troopers 2" is funnier than "Super Troopers 2." (Image Source)
We wish we could recommend "Super Troopers 2," but we just can't. If you are feeling nostalgic for the antics of the guys from the Vermont highway patrol, skip this sequel and rewatch the original. Our question to hardcore fans of the first movie is: are you willing to accept such a boring, bloated, forced, and even more juvenile follow-up after all this time? We're not just going to give something a pass because we love its source material, and it was a borderline agony to get through this film.

My Rating: 3/10
BigJ's Rating: 3/10
IMDB's Rating: ~7.0/10
RT Rating: ~32%
Do we recommend this movie: AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!

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