Movie Title: Super Troopers 2
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 43 min.
Who did I watch with?: J.R. and Stephie
Where did I watch it?: Regal Stadium 12 – Swansea, MA
Super Troopers 2 is a personally long awaited sequel and it opens with a phenomenal dream sequence. The gang is all back. I was concerned going in because of the reviews the movie earned on Rotten Tomatoes. I avoided news about this movie for years. I never even saw a trailer and I didn’t know that Rob Lowe was even going to be in the movie. This movie is not a critics’ darling and I should have disregarded them, But, reading through them casually I feel like a lot of the critics on their need to lighten up a bit.
The humor is very much in the vein of the original. This time the plot centers around a border dispute with Canada. Having re-examined the maps the United States has discovered that a large section of Quebec actually should be in Vermont. The boys are back and sent to handle the transition from Canadian province to U.S. state. They are not well received in Canada. Naturally, they stumble upon a drug smuggling operation that is nominally the central focus of the plot. The movie meanders drunkenly much in the fashion of the original. The sketch comedy and chemistry between the cast once again being essential to the humor or chicanery if you will. It is low brow and it is hilarious and the nods to the original are welcome.
I liked it better than the original. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Super Troopers (2001)
Movie Title: Super Troopers
First Watch / Repeat Viewing
Running Time: 1 hr. and 40 min.
Who did I watch with?: Flying Solo
Where did I watch it?: Home
Super Troopers is a classic stoner comedy. The main thrust of the story is that there is a significant flow of drugs going through northern Vermont. There is a dead girl and a significant amount of seized marijuana. There is also a huge rivalry between the local Spurbury Police and the state highway patrol. Interspersed between the core story is shenanigans, non-stop shenanigans. The entire movie is based around the sketch comedy achieved by the main players and their interplay between each other.
The highway patrol has all the great police stereotypes amplified to the max. Rod Farva has anger issues and is a complete loose cannon. Thorny is ambiguously ethnic with a beautiful mustache. Rabbit is the rookie on the force that gets all the lousy jobs. Foster is the ladies’ man. Mac is the lovable goofball. Brain Cox is the fiery Captain O’Hagan who tries to keep all these idiots in line.
The movie is hilarious. It is not exactly high brow comedy, but not everything needs to be. The movie starts slow and builds to a great climax as the characters become more endearing.
It is a hilarious, juvenile, comedy. See it.
Tomorrow’s Movie: Friend Request (2016)