In the grand tradition of unnecessary sequels, Super Troopers 2 is a mixed bag. We’re checking in with some beloved characters, we’re meeting new faces, we’re trying to recapture lightening in a bottle. For Super Troopers, this is a particular challenge, as comedies of the early aughts are of a very particular time and place. Similarly beloved comedies Zoolander and Anchorman walked this path and came out looking the worse for it. We got a pair of sequels that were better forgotten. The boys of Broken Lizard, with their crowd-funded second effort, managed to avoid this fate… mostly. Super Troopers 2 knows its wheelhouse and its audience, and it doesn’t stray. What gives it a surprising lift is that it also manages to avoid the pitfalls of sameness and fan service, while staying on brand.
tricks. When a border dispute arises between the U.S. and our neighbors to the north, Canada, Vermont looks to gain some land, and someone decides it’s a good idea to call in the old highway patrol as a transitional police force for the area. If the boys manage not to mess up this simple task, the Governor (Lynda Carter reprising her role from the original) promises to look into making it a permanent gig. Of course, laying claim to a portion of Canadian land means run-ins with mounties, culture clashes of surprising scale and partnership with an eccentric celebrity mayor (Rob Lowe).
Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva are still about 70-percent shenanigans and 30-percent business, but their new turf has presented them with a much more significant challenge than the old lonely highway days. And that’s good news for us. These guys are out of their element, victims of a proverbial script flipping, and the new look finds them playing catch-up while trying to keep up appearances in the name of their future prospects. Certain moments of this, such as the guys walking, unawares, into a town hall of fiery Canadians, pay off incredibly well. The discovery of the northern equivalent of Farva is an inspiration. Plenty ideas would have been better left on the page, but, the boys of Broken Lizard manage to deliver what their fans love. This isn’t a movie for the uninitiated. It’s definitely not about to win over anyone not already enamored of the Super Troopers aesthetic, but for fans, it’s far from a disaster.
Oh, and one final bit of advice, fellow casual fans should stick around into the credits for the gag reel, it’s a riot that appeals across comedic tastes.