MovieBob Reviews SUPER TROOPERS 2

first_img Is Super Troopers 2 good?Not really.Did you like Super Troopers the original?I mean… it was fine? 2001 was a long time ago.What was the big deal about that, again?It had a pretty genius hook for building an indie feature around a sketch comedy troupe (in this case, the “Broken Lizard” crew). The players cast themselves as a team of slacker highway patrol cops assigned to a boring stretch of road in rural Vermont where nothing ever happened, and they passed the time by benignly bullying the motorists they pulled over with goofy improv-comedy gags. It caught on as a surprise hit at the time thanks in part to big endorsement in online film geek circles from the Aint-It-Cool-News crowd (as I said, 2001 was a long time ago…). But mostly because the generation hitting College Freshman age at the time was nostalgic for the supposed “golden age” of raunchy rude-boy R-rated comedies like Police Academy they had hazy, nostalgic memories of from the 80s.What was it even about?That was the other point in its favor. It knew better than to try to be about anything: It was a little over 90 minutes long about an hour’s worth of that is just dumb assholes cops finding new ways to be dicks to people and each other but it’s harmless because it’s just Vermont so what harm can anyone really do? There IS a plot that eventually kicks in about smuggling and local corruption but the point where it becomes the focus is also the point where you can just kind of check out and wait for the credits to roll. This new one… decides to go the opposite route, and tries to be “about something.”Uh-oh. What do they go with?Political culture-clash between the U.S. and Canada.Oh no…Yeah. As the film opens, the patrol unit has been disbanded for several years but get called back into service when a review of the U.S./Canada border discovers that a tiny Canadian town is actually part of Northern Vermont and now needs American cops to help oversee the transfer of power. How many jokes about minor cultural differences, beer alcohol content, regional stereotypes, the metric system and people who too polite and/or not polite enough can fit into one movie? …more than you will find funny, honestly; but something has to go into the slots between jokes that are just callbacks to the jokes from the first one.You don’t sound very enthusiastic. Is it that bad?Not bad, just sort of… tiresome. Do you have a friend who STILL insists that Super Troopers is the funniest thing they ever saw and wants to do the meow routine and the Shenanigans joke like they’re brand new? This movie is that person… as a movie.Is it at least funny?Sure, yeah… I laughed at a lot of it. These are funny guys, they’ve got timing, they know they’re way around a joke and it still cracks me up to see Brian Cox doing this kind of dopey slapstick stuff. It has its moments. But they’re only moments, and the rest of it just feels tired and dreary and the overall impression you get is hanging out with someone you used to know and it’s not they’re “bad” guys but you have nothing in common anymore and you’ve moved on and they haven’t and you just get on with your life. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img

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