Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On SUPER TROOPERS 2
Everyone's favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic...SUPER TROOPERS. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the Super Troopers- Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva, are called in to set up a new Highway Patrol station in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is...SUPER TROOPERS 2.
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by Broken Lizard, SUPER TROOPERS 2 stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, known collectively as Broken Lizard (SUPER TROOPERS, CLUB DREAD). The cast also features Lynda Carter ("Wonder Woman"), Emmanuelle Chriqui ("Entourage," YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN), Marisa Coughlan (SUPER TROOPERS, FREDDIE GOT FINGERED), Tyler Labine ("Reaper," TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL), Hayes MacArthur ("Angie Tribeca"), Will Sasso ("MADtv," THE THREE STOOGES), with Rob Lowe ("Parks and Recreation," "West Wing," ST. ELMO'S FIRE) and Brian Cox (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, "Nuremberg").
Super Troopers 2 is an upcoming American comedy crime film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar. A sequel to the 2001 film Super Troopers, the film was written by and stars the Broken Lizard comedy team. Principal photography began in the Central Massachusetts area on October 23, 2015. Post production was finished on August 2, 2017. The film is distributed by FOX Searchlight Pictures and will be released in the United States on April 20, 2018. See what the critics are saying here:
John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter: "Overall, the sequel has less absurdist spark than the original; when Cox's Captain O'Hagan declares that this time his cops will do everything by the book, he might have been speaking to the filmmakers as well. Still, when streaming on video in a room full of smoke, Super Troopers 2 should suffice."
Matt Goldberg, Collider: "The Canada jokes are what make Super Troopers 2 so difficult to judge. The big jokes are kind of focused on how Canada is silly, and yet it won't be until repeat viewings where you'll see other jokes get to shine. One great bit involves the Mounties arguing about the movies of Danny DeVito, and it's a great bit that's divorced from, "Hey, Canadians are mostly harmless, but what if they weren't?" When it goes back to the Canada well, it feels like Broken Lizard is mining for jokes that others have already done rather than doing the weird, offbeat comedy where they excel. The same goes for when Thorny starts taking female hormone pills and starts acting feminine. We've seen that joke countless time in other movies and sitcoms, so it's bizarre why they would bother to include it here."
Owen Gleiberman, Variety: "It's all meant to be outrageously uproarious, but much as I tried (I really did) to get on its wavelength, I can testify that it is not. Yet the real thing that "Super Troopers 2" is supposed to do is give you...that '80s feeling. The feeling of getting stoned on stupid. It wants to be a loony-tunes bath of trash, a winking update of the spirit of the "Police Academy" comedies. This is probably the part of the review where I'm supposed to say that if you're high enough, you'll like the movie just fine. Then again, the same critical standard could be applied to Jolly Rancher commercials or old episodes of "Saved by the Bell." "Super Troopers 2" aims for the bottom, and that's the whole point."
Pat Padua, Trib Live: "The fruit of this reunion is a raunchier version of the original, one that rehashes much of the first film's silly stoner aesthetic, including locker-room pranks, preoccupation with male genitalia and a drug-smuggling subplot that, predictably, gives the troopers a chance to sample contraband."
Clint Worthington, Consequence of Sound: "The jokes in the first Super Troopers are almost old enough to vote. Broken Lizard's 2001 cult cop comedy came out at the perfect time and found the perfect audience: it was the early aughts, and gross-out humor was at its peak through shock-value sensations like Jackass and Freddy Got Fingered. While the jokes about babes and weed have aged about as well as you'd expect, there's something admirable about the devil-may-care approach the fledgling members of Broken Lizard took with their first big hit, turning a $1.2 million movie financed by a retired investment banker into a dorm room staple."