Monday, April 30, 2018

Movie Review: Super Troopers 2

The gang of highway patrolmen returns but this time they are north of the border. The same humor is present and just as goofy nearly two decades later. The film begins with an outrageous traffic stop of an RV. The gang have quite their highway patrol jobs and moved on to become a famous band Sizzlin' Bacon. The officers are famous actors and plenty of them die as this all turns out to be a dream of the former rookie Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske). He actually works as a contractor with Mac (Steve Lemme) for Farva (Kevin Heffernan) who can't stop making inappropriate jokes. Mac plans a fishing trip with their former captain O'Hagan (Brian Cox) and picks up Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) and Foster (Paul Soter) who has a relationship with Ursula. They travel across the border to the abandoned shack where O'Hagan had arranged for them to meet. 

It turns out, O'Hagan had made a deal with the mayor to take over as the new patrol in this small piece of land that was considered part of Canada until further information revealed it was a part of America. The patrolmen will take over for a group of Canadian Mounties including Podien (Hayes MacArthur), Bellefuille (Tyler Labine), and Archambault (Will Sasso). They are not thrilled about their new position but the mayor Guy LeFranc (Rob Lowe), a former hockey player, welcomes the change. Rabbit is dumbstruck by the PR liaison Genevieve Aubois (Emmanuelle Chriqui) but the crowd of Canadian citizens is pissed throwing hockey pucks and beer cans at the troopers. 

Without much support, the troopers start their work and begin their training under the Mounties. Just like the original, they find a large drug conspiracy but they aren't sure what the pills are for. Each member takes a pill and acts differently from the various side effects. Farva gets tranquilizers, Thorny has female hormones, Rabbit takes steroids, Mac has LSD, and Foster gets speed. All of these drugs are legal in Canada but illegal in America, hinting at a greater scheme. Farva makes a bet with Rabbit that he can have sex with Genevieve before the rookie and the bet includes chopping off his pinky toe. The Mounties take out their anger by putting a bear in the station so the team fights back by kidnapping them and putting on their uniforms.

They go around pulling people over and acting ridiculous including one really funny part saying "Happiness in the Household". The Mounties return and a standoff gets heated until the mayor decides to take away the patrolmen's badges. Rabbit is seduced by Genevieve while the others are investigating another stash. Foster finally gets to use a triangulator to find Rabbit and they uncover the plot of the mayor. A shootout ensues and the men finally take out the mayor. They are treated as heroes but it is revealed that this was all a plot by the mayor so they lose their jobs.

Super Troopers 2 is a decent return for the comedy group and their crowd-funding hints at a solid fanbase. Unfortunately, it took me a while to finally write this review so I've seen their sudden dropoff in the second weekend after a great opening weekend. Of course, there was a reason their fans saw something else but the comedy could gain some cult status later on. Chandrasekhar directs again and knows how to work the humor of his great cast. The additions of the Canadian characters have some decent humor, but it is really the main cast revisiting some of their own gags that had the greatest appeal. 

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