Editor’s note: This is a second opinion piece for “Super Troopers 2,” the first review can be found here. Let us know which review you agree the most with!
Hollywood has a long, tumultuous history with far-removed sequels. Beloved cinematic classics like The Wizard of Oz and The Godfather as well as contemporary comedy classics like Anchorman and Zoolander have all attempted the 10 year+ later sequel, with the results ranging from disastrous to okay at best. When the Broken Lizard comedy troupe announced that a Super Troopers sequel would be made if a crowdfunded goal was met, I was cautiously optimistic. The 2003 original was a high school favorite of mine, to the point that I scratched out the DVD twice due to repeated viewings with friends. While I certainly wanted to revisit my favorite group of highway patrolmen, the fear of another Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was ever present.
Troupe members Erik Stolhanske (Rabbit) and Paul Soter (Foster) were at the Colorado Springs Comic Con last year and listening to their panel got me genuinely excited for the film. They seemed both relieved to get back into the uniforms and confident with the material they had shot. That was good enough for me, and it kept my hopes up.
I’m happy to say that while it doesn’t quite scream “instant classic” in the manner the first film did, Super Troopers 2 ends up being a worthy follow-up with some genuine belly laughs. The fact that these are characters created by the performers means the chemistry is instant, and a zany opening dream sequence featuring Sean William Scott and Damon Wayans Jr. is a perfect way to break the tension of a long hiatus without jumping right back into a new plot.
The plot for Super Troopers 2 revolves around a small area of Canada near the Vermont border, which is actually US territory, and the team is brought in to usher out the local Mounties. It’s silly as it leads to a lot of easy Canada jokes (some hit, while there are a few eye rollers) but, let’s be real, one doesn’t go to the Beerfest guys for a riveting narrative.
Rob Lowe is a scene stealer as a brothel-frequenting mayor in a role about as far removed from ’80s heartthrob as it gets. Emmanuelle Chriqui and original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, are far too lovey for sharing the screen with all the shenanigans, but the film greatly benefits from their presence nonetheless.
The plot slightly mirrors that of the first, but there aren’t too many callback jokes to the original and when they do come up, they mostly work. Hopefully the strong fan support and box office numbers will afford Broken Lizard the opportunity to make the long-awaited Beerfest sequel, Potfest.
Until then, I’m just happy Super Troopers 2 avoided getting dragged into the bargain bins of long-awaited sequels. Hopefully we won’t have to wait 15 years if they want to make it into a trilogy.
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