Skip to main content

‘Super Troopers 2’ review

Older but definitely not mature, the cast of 'Super Troopers 2' still have it

Broken Lizard comedy troupe’s 2001 film Super Troopers was a special kind of weird. Part stoner comedy, part wince-inducing prank reel, and part underdog story about a group of flippant Vermont state troopers trying to save their jobs, Super Troopers first defied expectations by virtue of getting made at all. It then did so again by turning enough of a profit — and becoming enough of a cult classic — to win over studios for the troupe’s next few projects.

More than 17 years later, the film is continuing to defy the odds by turning one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns of all time into a sequel — so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that Super Troopers 2 also bucks typical comedy-sequel tradition by being a pretty funny movie, too.

The core cast of the film plays off each other well enough to get a laugh from even the most repetitive jokes.

Directed once again by Broken Lizard member Jay Chandrasekhar, Super Troopers 2 brings back the five-man creative team as co-writers and stars, with Brian Cox also reprising his role as the troopers’ ornery commander. The film picks up after the events of the 2001 film, and finds the troopers dispatched to police a region near the northern edge of Vermont that’s become the subject of a border dispute between the U.S. and Canada. Where the first film had them feuding with the local police department, Super Troopers 2 pits the prank-happy troopers against a trio of Canadian Mounties and the mayor of the border town.

Along with Cox and Broken Lizard members Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske as the Vermont troopers, the film casts Rob Lowe as a former hockey player who now serves as the mayor and owner of the local brothel, and Entourage actress Emmanuelle Chriqui as a cultural attaché working with the American and Canadian groups. The trio of Canadian Mounties are played by Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil), Will Sasso (The Three Stooges), and Hayes MacArthur (Angie Tribeca).

There was a glorious sense of chaos to the original Super Troopers, which seemed willing and able to do just about anything to make you laugh, and frequently teetered on the brink of collapsing under its own silliness. Super Troopers 2 doesn’t quite capture that same recklessness, but it still has its moments.

Cox and the Broken Lizard team are almost 20 years older now than they were when Super Troopers was filmed, and the sequel’s practical jokes and pratfalls seem to reflect those years by coming across as a bit more managed this time around. The jokes are still funny, but the sense of ad-libbed unpredictability that fueled the first film has been replaced by a script that feels more carefully, well … scripted.

The film is conspicuously light on the sort of trippy weed humor that filled the original film.

That’s not to say that Super Troopers 2 is lacking when it comes to laughs.

Much as the first film mined a lot of its comedy from the syrup-swilling, tree-hugging, laid-back picture of Vermont and the surrounding North Country life that it painted, Super Troopers 2 roots its humor in the cultural, political, and — as it pertains to each country’s preferred units of measurement — incremental differences between the U.S. and Canada. Metric conversion jokes, references to American obesity, and overly affected pronunciation of the word “sorry” are recurring themes in Super Troopers 2, and it’s a credit to the film’s talented cast and creative team that these jokes generally continue to be funny despite how many times they go back to that well.

There’s a limit to how often you can hear Lowe, the Broken Lizard crew, and other actors speak in faux Canadian accents that can best be described as “zany” before tiring of the shtick, though, and it does wear a little thin by the 60-minute mark. Fortunately, the core cast of the film plays off each other well enough to get a laugh from even the most repetitive jokes, and once the film finds its groove, they provide plenty of reminders why the 2001 movie was so memorable (and quotable).

One surprisingly absent element this time around is the abundance of genuine stoner comedy that helped make the 2001 feature so popular with post-high-school, college-age audiences when it was released. The studio and the film’s creative team made a big deal about the film hitting theaters on April 20 (a date widely regarded as an annual holiday for recreational drug aficionados), but the film is conspicuously light on the sort of trippy weed humor that filled the original film.

Whether that drug-free tone is a result of the Broken Lizard team feeling their age or some other rationale, it only adds to the more controlled — though certainly not more mature — vibe of Super Troopers 2 when compared to the original film.

It ultimately works in the film’s favor that the bar is set pretty low for comedy sequels at this point. The failures of countless comedy sequels to match — or even approach — the level of humor that made their predecessors so successful has made any follow-up movie that manages to elicit a few laughs feel like a win.

Thankfully, Super Troopers 2 delivers more than just a few laughs, and although it doesn’t match the original film’s sense of devil-may-care humor, it does provide some genuinely fun, laugh-out-loud funny moments that will leave Super Troopers fans satisfied.

Editors' Recommendations

Rick Marshall
A veteran journalist with more than two decades of experience covering local and national news, arts and entertainment, and…
6 movies in April 2023 you need to watch
Mario and Peach walk through a mushroom field in The Super Mario Bros. Movie.

2023 is only just beginning, and already we've been treated to a great array of entertaining movies. January gave us the horror pleasures of M3GAN and Infinity Pool, while February allowed us to cheer along with 80 for Brady and dance to Magic Mike's Last Dance. Not to be outdone, March provided excellent sequels with Creed III, Scream 6, and John Wick: Chapter 4.

April's slate is just as impressive, with a long-awaited animated adaptation of a beloved Nintendo video game franchise, a movie about the origin of Air Jordans, and yet another Guy Ritchie action movie. What more can you ask for? Here are the 6 movies you should watch in April 2023.
The Super Mario Bros. Movie (Now showing)
The Super Mario Bros. Movie | Princess Peach Training Course Clip

Read more
Squid Game season 2: Everything we know so far
Squid Game official soundtrack.

Following a hugely successful first season that surprised virtually everyone, many fans are eager for the potential return of Squid Game. In its first season, the show followed a group of contestants who competed against one another in a series of children's games that had deadly stakes.

Some of those playing the game would die, and the rest would move on to the next round. Ultimately, a single winner emerged who was rewarded with an insanely large cash prize. As many wonder about what season 2 could contain, here's what we know so far about the hit Netflix show's future:
What will season 2 of Squid Game be about?
Squid Game | Official Trailer | Netflix

Read more
Netflix is about to release Shadow and Bone season 2 — here’s when you can watch it
shadow and bone season 2 when you can watch netflix show 1

One of 2021's breakout hits was Netflix's Shadow and Bone, a big-budget fantasy series that appealed to fans of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight franchises. Adapted from Israeli American author Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone young adult novel, the eight-episode series told the story of Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a young orphan raised in Ravka who discovers she is a Grisha, which means one who has special abilities. She must eventually combat the ominous threat of Aleksander Kirigan (Ben Barnes), who is also known as The Darkling.

The first season of Shadow and Bone was a bit hit with critics and audiences alike, becoming only the third show on Netflix to remain at #1 in the ratings for 12 straight days. Naturally, a second season was quickly ordered, and last year, production commenced on the highly anticipated follow-up season. Fans know Shadow and Bone season 2 is just around the corner, but when exactly will it be released? And what additional information is out there about the season? Digital Trends has all the answers for you.

Read more