BACKGROUND

Audiences vote with their dollars.  They are the ultimate patrons, rewarding talent and rejecting ineptitude.  Most performers know that they owe their audience something, but Super Troopers 2 is in a bit of unique situation.

The comedy team of Broken Lizard has been together for a long time – since college – and they’ve released many films.  None as successful as the 2001 release of Super Troopers.  A zany comedy about Vermont patrolmen, the movie didn’t do well at the box-office but gained a cult following on video and DVD.

Seventeen years later the group is back with a sequel.  But the road to get here wasn’t easy.  Studios were reluctant to greenlight the movie, and the team went to crowd-funding to get seed money.

They raised over four-million-dollars.

When the fans are not only buying the tickets but also funding the film what do you do?  Do you make the movie that you want or do you give the fans what they want?

Somehow Broken Lizard managed to do both and Super Troopers 2 was born.

SUPER TROOPERS 2

The plot of Super Troopers 2 is simple; the boys have lost their jobs due to an incident with Fred Savage, and they are given a second chance when it’s discovered that a small French-Canadian town is, in fact, on American soil.  The boys lead a transition team to relieve the mounties and convert the townspeople to Americans.

One of the problems with comedy sequels is that there is a tendency to try and make the same movie over again only bigger and louder.  Broken Lizard has avoided that pitfall and instead made a film that feels more like a continuation of the lives of these characters.

There are some call-backs, to be sure, but they don’t weigh the film down and they are well placed.

The movie is funny, and that’s what counts.  There is a chemistry between the five members of Broken Lizard that can only come with time and practice.

Kevin Heffernan, in particular, does an excellent job in this film.  He is fully committed as Farva and watching him deliver lines is a joy.

Brian Cox is also a welcomed sight.  He reprises his role from the original as Captain O’Hagan, a sort of den mother for the boys.  It is a credit to his brilliance in both comedy and acting that Cox can fit in so well with this team.

There are people out there that won’t get this humor, but for the fans, this is exactly what you want while at the same time not being exactly what you expect.

If you like Broken Lizard, if you like slapstick and silly comedy, then this is the film you want to see.

Final Verdict: 3.75/5

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The Author

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is the author of several thriller and literary novels. His Bentley Books series introduced the world to sadistic serial killer Bentley Grimes, a villain of unbelievable cruelty and unimaginable coldness. His literary novels are populated with richly drawn characters struggling with issues that affect our society today, such as: homosexuality, alcoholism, family struggles, poverty, greed, and bigotry.

He is an avid sports fan as well as a lover of movies and television.

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