Randy’s Review: ‘Super Troopers 2’

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Who asked for this sequel and why?

Combine some stunts from Johnny Knoxville’s Jackass crew with the chicanery of TVs “Impractical Jokers” and the physical comedy of “The Three Stooges” and you have a sequel 17 years in the making ... and I’m not sure why.

Having never seen the original “Super Troopers,” it’s hard for me to fathom why — nearly two decades later — those kooky producers, Broken Lizard Industries, decided we need a part two. Probably because they needed the work.

But whether we wanted it or not, “Super Troopers 2” is upon us. After having seen it, I do not feel the least bit motivated to search out the original.

Starring and written by the Broken Lizard crew, disgraced former Spurbury Police Department officers Farva (Kevin Heffeman), Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Foster (Paul Soter) and Thorny (Jay Chandreasekhar) are all working outside of law enforcement.

Captain O’Hagen (Brian Cox) reaches out tot he team under the guise of a fishing trip. The real purpose of the getaway was to meet with Vermont Gov. Jessman (Lynda Carter) who asks the former cops to help put together a new police department on land which formerly belonged to Canada but is now actually U.S. land. The team has to work alongside the Canadian Mounties currently serving the region to complete the transition. Their reward, they are reinstated as police officers.

When the replacement law enforcement squad shows up, the long-time Canadians are less than thrilled. The officers meet Mayor Guy Le Franc (Rob Lowe) and Genevieve (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a cultural attache and receive a less than warm reception from the Canadians who wish to remain Canadians.

Of course the mounties and troopers don’t get along and spend time creating problems for each other — allowing the hi-jinx to run rampant.

Scattered throughout the movie are appearances by Damon Wayans Jr. and Seann William Scott as a couple of troopers, comedian Jim Gaffigan and former child star Fred Savage as himself. It’s Savage who was involved with the super cops losing their jobs.

That’s the movie in a nutshell. Not sure what to say. There are a couple of laughs, but not enough to warrant a sequel to what many people tell me is a cult classic. But apparently if there’s a buck to be made, the Broken Lizard guys will go after it. It’s not like they had anything else to do. While the company takes production and writing credits, it’s Chandrasekhar who we can blame for direction.

I’m sure there are some who will take exception to my less than stellar review of “Super Troopers 2.” But I can’t imagine who they are.

If you’re so inclined, there are a couple of mid- and post-credit scenes should you feel like sitting through the extra few minutes.

On a scale of 5 popcorn buckets, “Super Troopers 2” barely pops up 1 1/2 tubs of stale, tasteless and flat filmmaking. No amount of seasoning is going to save this. MPAA rating: R. Running time: 1 hour, 40 minutes. This film was reviewed at Southpark 7 Theaters in Spencer.