Quick Review: Super Troopers 2

Roughly seventeen years after the original, the Vermont Highway Patrol officers are back in Super Troopers 2.

I wasn’t a big fan of the original Super Troopers. Granted, the first ten minutes are still some of the most hilarious opening moments in a film that I’ve ever seen. I’ll give it that. If anything, just watch that. It then just became an average comedy with a few light laughs along the way that never could match the hilarity of the opening scene. It peeked too early. I’m pretty sure that’s why I was disappointed with the first film. When your opening scene is the funniest, sure it gets the viewer invested, but it also sets the bar & expectations too high for the rest of the film. Super Troopers 2 is the same humor. It also recycles some of the jokes from the original, but I personally found it slightly better  because it didn’t have this peak early on. Does that make sense?

The premise is ridiculous, but funny. “During a recent land survey, it was discovered that land in Canada was originally designated for the U.S. Canada has agreed to hand over the land, and Gov. Jessman needs to set up a police department to take over from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the region. She invites the group to become state troopers again, with the promise that they will become full-time officers should they succeed at this task.” (Wikipedia)

It’s easy to predict what happens. Naturally, this isn’t the kind of film you watch for its plot. Obviously, The Royal Canadian Police and the Vermont Highway Patrol don’t get along. They try to screw each other over with every chance they get. Yes, you obviously have your share of jokes that will take a shot at America & Canada. While these gags were funny, I felt like they squandered the opportunity to make them ball bustlingly hilarious. I saw potential, but it never quite makes it.

The film also has a storyline that includes trying to unravel a drug smuggling operation after the troopers discover drugs at an abandoned cabin. Yup, of course the troopers try the drugs. Naturally, the Canadian Police and Vermont Highway Patrol suspect the other is the culprit.

Super Troopers 2 is more of the same, but unlike other comedic formulas that feel outdated (Adam Sandler films, I’m looking in your direction), it still felt entertaining. It’s certainly better than most sequels that have taken 10+ years to make, but it had potential to be so much funnier. It’s a steady stream of light laughs that are fine for a Sunday afternoon rental.

Score 6.5 / 10

 Pros

+ The highway patrol wearing the Canadian Police uniforms to mess with pedestrians

+ always good to see Rob Lowe

+ good cast chemistry

+ I personally enjoy any joke that takes a shot at the French.

Cons

-Had potential to be funnier

-Cliché predictable comedy

 

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