Super Troopers

on February 15, 2002 by Tim Cogshell
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   "Super Troopers" is an odd amalgam of comedy genres, existing somewhere between the often literal riffs of early Zucker Brothers/Abrahams films ("Airplane," "Naked Gun" etc.), and the decidedly foul stylings of their post-modern contemporaries, The Farrelly Brothers ("Dumb and Dumber," "Me, Myself and Irene"), though "Super Troopers" isn't quite as campy as the former, or as bodily-function oriented as the latter. It's also not as funny, but it has its moments.

   Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Mac (Steve Lemme) and Foster (Paul Soter) are Vermont State Troopers lording over a 10-mile stretch of highway. For the most part, they spend their time playing practical jokes on each other, insulting each other, make sexual overtures to each other and abusing unsuspecting travelers with a host of bits and games generally intended to humiliate or frighten them senseless. The opening sequence involves three "stoned" teenagers traveling with a large stash of pot. The joke plays out in a surreal, almost Lynchian sequence that shows promise. In short order, the movie is devolves into several banal jokes, most involving sex or drugs, or sex and drugs; and, strangely, a storyline. Yep--a storyline. Rare in these sorts films, and admittedly usually unnecessary. Here, it's something about a rivalry between the small Trooper station and the local police department, and involves more insults, fist fights and sexual overtures. There's a murder, a drug conspiracy, lots of utter foolishness and a surprise ending...well, not really.    Starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brain Cox. Written by and directed by Broken Lizard. Produced by Richard Perello. A Fox release. Comedy. Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use. Running time: 103 min.

Tags: Starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brain Cox. Written by, directed by Broken Lizard, Produced by Richard Perello, Fox, Comedy
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