July 30, 2018
Box Office $30.62 million;
$29.99 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray;
Rated ‘R’ for crude sexual content and language throughout, drug material and some graphic nudity.
Stars Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tyler Labine, Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur, Lynda Carter.
Fans of 2002’s cult-favorite Super Troopers were apparently so desperate for a sequel that they were willing to pay for it themselves. The 16-year wait certainly hasn’t diminished interest in the potential franchise, with the sequel taking in a bigger box office haul than the original.
The Broken Lizard comedy team reportedly had an idea for a follow-up for quite a while, but were only able to move forward with it after raising $4.7 million through Indiegogo and supplementing the budget with private financing. The project was such a success that there’s already talk of a third film — though hopefully fans won’t have to wait another decade and a half for it.
The film continues the bungling adventures of a crew of dimwitted Vermont state troopers, and while there are some callbacks to the original film, it’s not as if an intimate knowledge of prior events is required to be able to follow along in this one.
The premise this time around is that after some off-camera shenanigans have threatened their careers, the troopers are given a chance at redemption with a thankless assignment to establish a police force in a Canadian border town that is going to be turned over to the United States after some clarification of old boundary markers. This gives the film all manner of excuses for an endless barrage of U.S. vs. Canada cultural jokes, and particularly jokes about French Canadians and their accents.
Rob Lowe plays the mayor of the affected town, who is also a famous local hockey player and owner of the local brothel, because why wouldn’t he be?
All the guys are back and up to their usual idiocy, especially Farva (Kevin Hefernan), the oblivious loudmouth who offers to cut off his toe with a shovel if he can’t score with a sexy local diplomat (Emmanuelle Chriqui) who clearly has no interest in him.
In addition to the trademark pranks the troopers play on the unsuspecting drivers they pull over, there’s a subplot involving contraband being stashed around town in anticipation of the border switch so that it will wind up in the U.S. without the need to smuggle it in. The case leads the guys to butt heads with a trio of local Mounties who resent potentially being reassigned somewhere else in Canada.
Some of the gags and physical humor are good for a few laughs, but like most Broken Lizard movies, the steady stream of obnoxious one-upsmanship and anatomical chicanery can be an acquired taste.
The Blu-ray includes a 39-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that delves into the crowd-funding campaign, including bringing a number of donors onto the set to appear in the film as extras.
Also included are 20 minutes of deleted scenes (some of which are shown in the making-of featurette) and a two-minute featurette about Heffernan getting into character.