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The first Super Troopers movie was pretty challenging: a stoner comedy from 2001 about wackily incompetent Vermont state troopers having Police Academy-type high jinks. Well, its creators, the Broken Lizard comedy group, have now come up with a sequel, and I have to admit to one or two more laughs, though really not enough to justify sitting through the whole thing.
A border dispute has meant that our hapless heroes are allowed highway jurisdiction up north in what was previously Canadian territory. Cue endless gags about French-speaking mounties, people listening to Rush and Barenaked Ladies, ending sentences with “eh?” and pronouncing “about” as “a-boot” – or is it “a-boat”? It’s a flashback to the fratboy style of comedy popular 20 years ago, and there’s even a homage to American Pie.
Rob Lowe has an amusing cameo as a Canadian mayor who is also the proprietor of a thoroughly woke lapdancing club with unclothed people of both genders. His nickname from his violent hockey-playing days was the Halifax Explosion, named after the 1917 disaster in which one cargo ship laden with gunpowder collided with another in Halifax, Nova Scotia, creating the “second biggest manmade explosion in history after Hiroshima”.
Brian Cox sportingly reprises his role as the troopers’ captain with easygoing calm. There’s a final sting in which Broken Lizard pay the New York Times film critic AO Scott the remarkable compliment of a namecheck. It could be that they are still annoyed at the bad review he gave the first Super Troopers, 17 years ago.
Source: The Guardian
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