‘Super Troopers 2’ Review

Super-Troopers-2-Poster_1200_1500_81_sSuper Troopers 2 is a comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by the Broken Lizard comedy team, consisting of Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske. In addition to writing, Broken Lizard also stars in the film along with Brian Cox, Rob Lowe and Emmanuelle Chriqui in supporting roles. A sequel to Super Troopers, the plot follows the former Vermont state troopers as they are called upon to set up a new Highway Patrol station in St. George du Laurent, Québec when an international border dispute between the United States and Canada proves the town is on U.S. soil. Jay Chandrasekhar does a decent job directing the film and getting good performances from the actors. Most of the returning cast gets an equal amount of screentime with the exception of Marisa Coughlan whose role as Chief Ursula Hanson is limited to more of a cameo.  Broken Lizard proves that they still have the same chemistry as they did in the first film. It feels as if no time has passed when the characters reunite. Out of the new cast members, the standouts are Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, and Hayes MacArthur as Canadian Mounties Bellefuille, Archambault, and Podien respectively. Their comedic bits are quite hilarious and give the audience more insight into how long these characters have been together. Watching them butt heads with the Vermont troopers is hysterical. Rob Lowe and Emmanuelle Chriqui turn in fine performances as Mayor Guy Le Franc and Genevieve Aubois. They seem to be very welcoming of the gang if not a little unnerved by the circumstances of their arrival. There are a few twists and turns that keep the viewer guessing including one at the beginning of the film that comes way out of left field. While the story makes sense, it is pretty much a rehash of the events of the first film with minor changes and new characters. This leaves a paper-thin plot that when lingered upon too long has several inconsistencies and a few plot holes. Including some of the returning characters behaving in a more comedic way than they did in the previous film which feels forced and out of place. Also, while some of the jokes land, a few of the comedic bits do drag on too long and feel thrown in as fan service instead of forwarding the story. I give Super Troopers 2 a Normal 5/10. It’s a fun sequel that fails to recapture the same magic as the first film and, quite frankly, after 17 years, is a little unnecessary.

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