Super Trooper 2
Jacob Richardson | 23/04/2018
Not as funny as it wants to be, Super Troopers 2 will undoubtedly delight fans of the original, while maintaining it’s accessibility and lightweight humour for newcomers.
Years after the original, the gang of state troopers have been fired from their official law enforcement jobs, and find themselves working as construction labourers under the supervision of Farva (Kevin Heffernan), their manager. When it is discovered that a village in Canada is actually within the United State, Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Foster (Paul Soter), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and Farva, along with Captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) are tasked with taking control of the region’s highway and state trooper duties in the lead up to the resolution of the border dispute.
Super Troopers 2, as one would expect from a sequel 17 years after it’s original, is, oftentimes, a mess. Too often the film reverts to references to old gags, which fall flat on audiences that aren’t familiar with the prequel.
When it’s not hewing close to its roots, Super Troopers 2 is often lazy comedy. Jokes are too easy, and have been done before; whether it’s Thorny taking too much female hormones (with rampantly sexist results), the chainsaw heading towards the groin, or the incomprehensible Canadian accents paraded around by Emmanuelle Chriqui or Rob Lowe. It’s low hanging fruit of the worst type, and while it undoubtedly makes you chuckle, it’s with a slight feeling of resentment for having to sit through the same old stuff.
That’s coupled with a banal plot, complete with a surprise you could see coming from a mile off. It’s a testament again to this film’s attitude towards itself; a mentality of “let’s just get something out and it will be good enough”. It’s a shame, because these characters do work well together, despite their almost two decades apart.
That isn’t to say that Super Troopers 2 is irredeemable though, and in large part the value in it stems from the trio of Canadian mounties that the gang has to replace. Played deliciously by Hayes MacArthur, Tyler Labine and Will Sasso, there’s some great, spontaneous and fresh comedy amongst the trio. In particular, there is a running Danny DeVito gag that lands absolutely. Chriqui and Stokhanske’s romance is also somewhat sweet, despite the wild age gap and feeling of inappropriateness.
At the end of the day, Super Troopers 2 feels like a comedy made in 2001 - it’s frequently anti-PC, tells jokes that would have been stale even then, and plods along without any of the freneticism of a modern day comedy. Best to let this one stay in the past.
Super Troopers 2 is a disappointment.