Almost two decades after the original “Super Troopers” updated the “Police Academy” shtick for a new generation, comedy troupe Broken Lizard return in a crowd-funded movie that picks up where the last film left off. Question is, after all that time will Broken Lizard re-enter theatres with sirens blaring or is “Super Troopers 2” a prank call?
Set months after the events of the first film, “Super Troopers 2” begins with Vermont state troopers Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar who also directed), Foster (Paul Soter), Mac (Steve Lemme), Farva (Kevin Heffernan) and Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) stripped of their badges after a disastrous celebrity ride along. Invited back to the Spurbury Police Department the fab five are given a special mission. Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) gives them, along with their commander Capt. O’Hagen (Brian Cox), the duty of keeping the peace as the town of St. Georges Du Laurent, Quebec is transferred to the United States. Trouble is, the Rush and Barenaked Ladies loving townsfolk, including three Mounties (Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, and Hayes MacArthur), don’t want to become American. Cue the metric system jokes and outrageous French accents.
It is not an accident that “Super Troopers 2” is being released on 4/20. Like its predecessor the new adventures of Thorny and Company might be best enjoyed during cannabis culture day celebrations.
The story, such that it is, is essentially a series of scenes connected by Halifax Explosion gags and bad “aboot” accents. Proudly dumb and dirty it is wallpapered with jokes only about a third of which land. That means a load of Canadian jokes flail around—like a Canuck female sexual enhancement drug called Flova Scotia—looking for a laugh. Despite the eagerness of the cast, the entire thing feels like outtakes from the first film cobbled together to create something new.
“Super Troopers 2” put me in the mind of the infinite monkey theorem. To paraphrase, an infinite number of frat boys hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a script at least as funny as “Super Troopers 2.”