Good news, everybody! Super Troopers 2 is not another Caddyshack II or Blues Brothers 2000 situation! Of course, Super Troopers was never an untouchable comedy classic, but it was a fun comedy where the jokes were far more important than the plot, like a good ‘80s comedy made in 2001. Wow, 2001. Super Troopers 2 does it proud.
The troopers have lost their jobs over a ridealong incident with actor Fred Savage sometime between the two movies. They get a second chance to help Canadian Mounties transition out when a border city gets redrawn to the U.S. Don’t worry if it sounds like too much plot. It’s just an excuse to make Canada jokes, and they also stumble onto a drug ring, but only to give them set pieces.
The focus remains on the Broken Lizard riffing and banter. There is a montage of pullover stunts in the middle of the movie of the movie that’s the funniest part. That’s where the Troopers are most clever, and they have new bits. There are callbacks to the classics from Super Troopers but their new material is great
The rest of the movie has some set pieces too but it’s more focused on running gags and good natured dudes razzing each other. Kevin Heffernan gets to the be the freest because Farva can be a total idiot. The guys do make sure everybody gets to say a line in group scenes, even if it’s only slightly forwarding the bit.
Canada puts the Troopers in hostile territory. It’s an easy joke, but the idea that they’re on the defensive leads to a different sort of fun than when they were the cops in charge. Even in Super Troopers they had a rivalry, so it’s more of that. And lots of jokes about Canadian hostility and the metric system.
When Marisa Coughlan appears in only two scenes, one of them on video, it’s a slight disappointment they couldn’t incorporate her more (presuming she wanted to do more). Lynda Carter’s two scenes are a bigger deal in the plot, but Brian Cox is back for the whole movie.
You’d think we’d be up to Super Troopers 5 by now. It seems like an easy to shoot, reliable formula, but it took nearly two decades and an Indiegogo campaign to do it. At least Super Troopers 2 shows that Broken Lizard hasn’t forgotten who these characters are, and can put together a similarly pleasing sequel so Franchise Fred would approve more frequent adventures.