TL;DR – Canadian jokes, American Jokes, and an absurd set up that somehow still works by letting all the characters shine in the absurdness of it all, oh my.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and end credit scene
When a cult classic has a sequel, especially a sequel after a long time, there are the usual questions as to can it strike lightning again? Now, this is always an unfair question because if they just do the same thing as before you get hit for not innovating, and if you change it up you get hit for not respecting the original. So how do you approach a sequel with this minefield ahead of you, well the first thing is you engage with the fans from the start, which a well-crafted Indiegogo campaign clearly did, but also it is to know your strengths and play with them and Super Troopers 2 is a great example of this. Also releasing on the 4th of April, I see what you did there Super Troopers.
So to set the scene, at the end of Super Troopers (see review) Ursula Hanson (Marisa Coughlan), Arcot “Thorny” Ramathorn (Jay Chandrasekhar), Jeff Foster (Paul Soter), MacIntyre “Mac” Womack (Steve Lemme), Robert “Rabbit” Roto (Erik Stolhanske) and Rodney Farva (Kevin Heffernan) were all now working for the local police station after their State Trooper station was closed due to budget issues. Well as the start of Super Troopers 2 we find out very quickly that something went very, very wrong with regards to a Fred Savage (Fred Savage) incident and everyone bar Ursula were fired. As some reminisce for the days past, and others sit into being a construction supervisor telling the same bad joke day after day their old captain John O’Hagen (Brian Cox) invites the guys on a fishing trip. This time they are going to go across the border into Canada and discover an old abandoned shack. Thinking they are in the wrong place they are about to leave until Vermont Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) shows up and gives the big reveal. They have discovered that the border between the USA and Canada is wrong and this part of Québec is actually part of Vermont. So she is setting them up as interim state troopers to help with the transition, and well as you can imagine the local population is taking this news well. With the aid of Genevieve Aubois (Emmanuelle Chriqui) the local cultural attaché, Guy Le Franc (Rob Lowe) the local mayor, and Mountie Bellefuille (Tyler Labine), Mountie Archambault (Will Sasso) and Mountie Podien (Hayes MacArthur) the transition is smooth sailing ahead … oh, wait no, it is anything but.
Now right from the start, this is a really silly set up for a film, but it is kind of one of those things where you have to just go with it and be taken along for the ride. A lot of the humour in the film does get drawn out via playing with modern stereotypes of Canadians. I think this could have been something that would have started to feel quite repetitive after a while if there wasn’t a good back and forth between the Troopers and the Mounties and both sides getting some good hits in. One of the things that you could tell is that they did have a slightly higher budget than the first film so they were able to put together moments like the first dream sequence and also having a real bear at one point which is as crazy as it sounds.
A lot of why most of the humour hits are because these are a bunch of guys that have worked together for almost thirty years and that is a kind of rapport that you just can’t fake on screen. Also, it is great to see some of the returning cast like Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan, and Lynda Carter look like they are having so much fun being back and that is kind of infectious. As well as this, the new cast is all hilarious, indeed Rob Lowe’s truly terrible Canadian accent got a laugh with nearly every line he said. One of the issues that I did pick up when watching through the original Super Troopers is how Fava is a character that just starts to feel frustrating after a while because it becomes less and less clear why he isn’t fired. In the sequel he is just as annoying as ever, however, they have tried to give him a little more substance to his arc, which does improve the character a bit.
Overall the story as you can imagine is a bit silly, ok as I said it is a lot silly, it is the local town mayor being a former hockey champion called the Halifax Explosion, who now also runs an equal opportunity strip club and adult services venue silly. However, as the film goes on it never feels that anything has been forced when you see conflicts between the crew and the local Mounties. That being said, it was interesting to see a little disclaimer at the end about their depiction of Mounties, and there are a couple of scenes where you can see why they had to or chose to put that in. There are a lot of interesting set pieces, like the opening car chase, the acid trip, and also the ending location which all help situate the film into the new area. As well as this, within the story does feel like they have really worked to make sure there is no wasted time and that each moment counts. It also helps that this is a really well-edited film, and at no point does it drag like a lot of its companions.
There was one plot element that did frustrate me and this is with a local drug that stimulates the female sex drive called Flova Scotia, which I do have to say is still fantastic wordplay. So Ramthorn starts taking them recreationally and this sets off a chain of events as his body adapts to the changes. This is a joke that would have been fine as a once off gag but they keep coming back to it throughout the rest of the film and well it does start to get annoying. However, I think the rest of the running gags did work, and there were a number of times throughout the film when the whole cinema was exploding with laughter.
In the end, do we recommend Super Troopers 2? Well, I would say yes, well yes with one caveat. This is still a very crass American R-rated film, and if you are not a fan of jokes around illicit substances, nudity, and equal opportunity strip club and adult services venues, then you are probably not going to enjoy yourself here. However, I found it to be a lot of fun, and I do hope we get to see these characters a little sooner in the next film.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Super Troopers 2
Directed by – Jay Chandrasekhar
Written by – Broken Lizard
Music by – Eagles of Death Metal
Cinematography by – Joe Collins
Edited by – Spencer Houck
Starring – Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan, Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan, Lynda Carter, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur & Paul Walter Hauser with Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans Jr., Jim Gaffigan, Jimmy Tatro, Clifton Collins Jr. & Fred Savage
Rating – Australia: MA15+; Canada: 14A; Germany: na; New Zealand: R; United Kingdom: na; United States: R