Look, I didn’t want to do this. I really enjoyed the original “Super Troopers,” I remember renting it on VHS and laughing through most of its runtime. But, unfortunately, this sequel is multiple levels of bad.
The film picks up years after the original, with the five lead characters all in new jobs after getting fired from the local Police Department for a constantly hinted at incident involving a celebrity. Their luck changes, though, when they’re informed that a section of Canada actually is part of the United States (Vermont more specifically) and they’re recruited into a new highway patrol unit.
The problem is the local Canadians aren’t taking too kindly to the new law enforcement unit. This is especially true for the area’s Canadian Mounted Police, which see the new officers as rivals.
Maybe I just haven’t watched the original in a really long time, but from what I remember, the characters (except for one) were a bit smarter than they were portrayed in this film. Sure, they acted goofy and had their jokes, but at the same time it seemed like they were smarter than they let on. That aspect really made the humor work in the first film.
Here it seemed like the actors were playing more over-the-top, less intelligent versions of the characters they portrayed in the original movie. Think of it as, the characters being in on the joke in the first movie, and being the butt of the joke in this one.
On top of that, the humor here really doesn’t work too well. First of all, the movie makes every single Canadian joke that one can imagine, from Tim Hortons to hockey, it’s all there. However, so much of it is obvious, there’s no subtlety here. How many more times can one laugh at a joke about Canadians liking hockey?
On that “how many more times” note, this sequel is also obsessed with rehashing things from the first movie. Call backs are all well and good, but at some point one’s response is “we get it.”
What’s worse is some of the attempts at humor just seemed lazy. For example in the first five minutes there’s two males that are dared to kiss, and that’s supposed to be funny, but it’s not really. Then later there’s a moment where a character is in a portable restroom, as if that’s still funny. Again, it’s not really
As for the story here, it’s pretty bare-bones. It mirrors the first in that the main crew uncover a drug smuggling situation and decide to handle it in their unorthodox fashion. Surprisingly, though, there seemed to be less pull over sequences here and they were nowhere near as funny as the previous picture.
Another issue comes up in how the story is executed. In the original, the story was somewhat secondary, as the film almost came across as a series of very well made sketches strung together. In this sequel, though, the crew seemed to be a bit torn, as if they wanted wanted the film to be that series of vignettes strung together with a story like the first, while also being more narrative driven like their other movies such as “Beerfest.”
Speaking of the crew, I really think they were having fun with this and they stepped back into their roles fine. There wasn’t the sense that any of this was phoned in and one nice thing about the Broken Lizard crew is that they’ve always tried to have a good balance with their characters on screen. Having worked together so many times, these guys also have a great chemistry, so that does work here.
It’s just a shame, though, that this movie was so unfunny. I really like what Broken Lizard has done in the past. Original “Super Troopers?” Funny cult classic. “Club Dread?” Good stuff. “Beerfest?” Hilarious film with that pokes fun at sports flicks. “Slammin Salmon?” An underrated, fun experience. This, though, falls so short, it’s the definition of going after low-hanging fruit. If you’re a major fan of the original, you can check it out and you might have a good time. But, otherwise, this isn’t worth the time. 1 out of 5.