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.
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!