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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Super Troopers 2 2018 * * 1/2 Stars

Super Troopers 2Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Year: 2018
Rated R
Rating: * * 1/2 Stars
Cast: Paul Soter, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffeman

Super Troopers 2 is my latest write-up. "2" is unfair to Canadians, mean-spirited, infantile, a little raunchy, and virtually plot-free. As a follow-up to 2001's cult film Super Troopers, "2" is comedy of the straightforward and hit-or-miss kind. Broken Lizard's writing is not as abstractly funny this time around, Super Troopers 2 isn't as quotable as the beloved original, and Marisa Coughlan has virtually no screen time. Still, there are a few guffaws to be had despite the boundlessness of thought up gags.

"2", with its various references to the first pic and its fair, continuing story arc, has the bungling officers from the Vermont Highway Patrol now working in Canada. They were fired and as a form of absolution, they attempt to provide law enforcement for a French Canadian whistle-stop that's moving to U.S. jurisdiction.

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Acting standouts include Kevin Heffeman (he portrays Officer Farva, the essential ingredient to any Super Troopers outing), Hayes MacArthur, and Rob Lowe. Lowe, with hockey player background, snide persona, and front teeth gone AWOL, hilariously plays the mayor of a small border town in France-infused Quebec.

Look for scenes involving attempted testicle shaving, attempted groin area sawing, a cameo by Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter), co-ed strip clubbing, and electric shock therapy of the practical joke kind. Stupid funny and 420 obviousness are words I would use to describe this flick.

Image result for super troopers 2 2018 movie scenesWhen it comes to contemptible slapstick, the Broken Lizard troupe is akin to the guys who brought you the defunct Little Britain and the dudes that made Monty Python your go-to in the 70's. You either get the flaunted humor or you don't.

Bottom line: In my fifteen years of film critiquing, I've seen much worse sequels than Super Troopers 2. Heck, "2" is worth checking out with popcorn and "liter" of cola in hand. Natch! Rating: 2 and a half stars.

Written by Jesse Burleson

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