Month: January 2014

Super Troopers (2001)

Super Troopers, is probably one of my favourite comedies. It is the second Broken Lizard film too, Broken Lizard being the comedy group consisting of Kevin Heffernen, Jay Chandrasekher, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske and Paul Soter.

Super Troopers consists of these five men, playing state troopers in Vermont, somewhere near the border, that which is cleared up in the opening scene where they arrest the three college boys. However, what becomes clear is that the troopers all enjoy to play pranks on each other and the people they pull over.

You'll understand this when you watch the film.

You’ll understand this when you watch the film.

A local rivalry is present between these highway patrol and the local police of Spurbury and unless they improve their arrest numbers they will be shut down. During their shenanigans of playing the repeater, they get locked in a trailer and discover 150 kilos of reefer with a sticker of Johnny Chimpo, a tattoo of which was discovered during the winnebago scene. In reality, this is a film is literally about the state troopers trying to save their jobs whilst trying to cause shenanigans during their time on shift.

If I’m totally honest, this film is more quotable than that of Anchorman (and we all know the quotable-ness of that film) and the comedy is just stupid, nonsensical comedy, but I’m not going to lie, I love that kind of comedy. Majority of it coming from the relationships between the guys at the highway patrol station, but also Farva (Kevin Heffernen) just generally being a doofus and him asking for a “god-damn litre of cola”.

The snozzberries taste like snozzberries”

Most of the characters are very likeable, obviously there is a differential against the good cops and the bad cops, those being the Spurbury local police force. Of course this derives from the comedy on screen and playing to the character types they are almost perfectly. My favourite being Mac (Steve Lemme) the over aggressive cop starting fights, like in the breakfast place (which also accounts for my favourite scene too).

In terms of being groundbreaking, the film isn’t, it’s just simple nonsensical comedy that lasts for 100 minutes, with a storyline that isn’t too complex, but carries the movie for this length of time. And of course, the leader of the Broken Lizard group Jay Chandrasekhar, who plays Thorny, directs the film, which is not uncommon as he has directed the other works by Broken Lizard, aside from The Slammin’ Salmon.

The bottom line is, if you enjoyed Anchorman, chances are you’ll probably like this and the rest of the Broken Lizard group works. The film is funny (for me) and there isn’t much sense to the plot. And this post hasn’t been significant because of the shortness and the abundance of nonsensical comedy that I don’t want to ruin for it. If you’ve seen Club Dread or anything else by Broken Lizard, you’ll understand.

3.5/5 – Although this is my favourite comedy, however as I said it isn’t groundbreaking or anything special, it’s just an easy-going comedy that I find brilliant.

If you’ve seen this film, let me know what you thought in the comments below!

Submarine (2010)

Richard Ayoade has, for me, always been a source of comedy, from his roles in The Mighty Boosh to the IT Crowd and even his appearances on quiz shows. Submarine marks Richard Ayoade trying his hand at directing a feature length film, and although it is listed a comedy, I didn’t come away thinking “that was a funny film”.

The films primary focus is on Oliver Tate, played by the youthful Craig Roberts, whom I kept picturing his Tracy Beaker character, Rio Wellard. Oliver Tate is a fifteen year old boy, and he is stuck. Stuck in between parents that are falling out of love, and stuck with what to do with Jordana (Yasmin Paige), a girl he is in a relationship with, and being new to this experience he’s unsure how to act It’s safe to say, Oliver is not like other boys his age, he starts the movie in the prologue by narrating what he thinks what would happen if he died. Odd for a fifteen year old boy, no?

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The film primarily is set up by three relationships throughout the film, one with Jordana Bevan, in which he bumbles his way into this relationship and the more intimate parts of the relationship, namely sex. Part two, the discovery of Graham Purvis (Paddy Considine) who is an ‘old friend’ of his mother Jill (Sally Hawkins) and they begin hanging out more. Part three, is an oddly named Show Down, but this is where the relationships reach a conclusion.

Unsurprisingly, this is where we learn more about Oliver, and his terribly odd ways of dealing with things. What other normal child would keep a diary on their parents sex lives and inventory. Not only does he do this, he also slips phrases to make his mother worry he mental. Each to their own, right?

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Even though the synopsis of this film states that Oliver sets out to lose his virginity, it actually reveals more about his of his private life and how he plans to deal with Jordana and the possible breaking up of his parents. This is developed throughout the three parts, mainly led by Oliver’s inner monologues, and of course events that happens throughout the film, like his mother going to the beach with Graham.

Although I’ve only recently watched this film, this film presented one of the best visuals I’ve seen in a film. During the breakup scene of Jordana and Oliver, his bed remains constant as the sea swallows his room around him as he drifts out to sea. It’s absolutely incredible. He then imitates his father, drinking lemon tea and wearing a bath robe around the house a lot, playing this imitation to perfection.

“Her new boyfriend has an incredible long neck. Just thinking about giraffes makes me angry.”

This film is a great one. As it’s a directorial debut of Ayoade, it’s a solid start. (As I am looking for to his next work The Double) Some of the shots are wonderful, including that bedroom breakup scene, the music is on point (Thanks to Alex Turner) for the time period giving it a sense of being in the eighties, but the storyline and characters make it what it is. The comedy from the lesser characters, but even Oliver is likeable, however odd the boy is. It isn’t long at all, and the story isn’t complex, some things Oliver says make me question what is he going on about, but that’s whats weirdly funny about Oliver.

4/5

P.S – I know this film was adapted from a novel, if you’ve read the book what was it like? Are you pleased with Ayoade’s attempt? Would you recommend the book to me?