Super Troopers

It may be a coincidence that Super Troopers rhymes with pooper scoopers, but that's the fundamental comedy in this wacky and sometimes strange take on bored Vermont Highway patrol officers. This is the second film from Broken Lizard (after Puddle Cruiser), a comedy troupe consisting of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske. The group formed as students at Colgate University and later moved on to the club scene in New York. Now, they are attacking the screens with their extremely stupid brand of comedy, something along the lines of the Police Academy movies. Yes, it is incredibly inane, but there is something narcotic about Broken Lizard's non-stop attempts at milking laughs. Surprisingly, there are a decent amount of laughs in this otherwise flimsy film. There is a shell of a story about a potential drug smuggling operation, but this is mainly an excuse for Broken Lizard to crack lowbrow jokes.

The basic premise is that there is nothing to do in rural Vermont, close to the Canadian border. So the Highway Patrol and local police engage in juvenile turf war antics, mostly to annoy each other. The Highway Patrol also enjoys messing with the minds of the people they pull over. Veteran Thorny (Chandrasekhar) is partners with newcomer Rabbit (Stolhanske) while Mac (Lemme) partners with Foster (Soter). Farva (Heffernan, No Looking Back) is relegated to radio duty because of his inherent instability (he's a psycho). The state is undergoing budget cuts, so Cap. O'Hagan (Brian Cox, L.I.E., The Affair of the Necklace) is adamant that the officers clean up their act. They have a large amount of pot, and the local police have a dead body that may be connected. O'Hagan wants to cooperate, but Chief Grady (Daniel von Bargen, The Majestic, Disney's The Kid) would much rather mock him. The local officer willing to help is Ursula, herself stuck on radio duty.

However, as previously mentioned, don't let this story get in the way of the antics, which tend on the sexual and crude side. It feels a lot like watching different sketches strewn together, sometimes haphazardly. Nevertheless, it all goes smoother than expected. Broken Lizard has been together for a while, and their chemistry together under Chandrasekhar's directing shows. Even when the audience isn't having fun, these guys are. It's their gung ho attitude that propels the movie forward, even during some of the jokes that really make no sense at all. Broken Lizard still has a college mentality, what with all the drugs, booze and women these patrolmen yearn for.

The real reason to watch Super Troopers is to see what the demented imagination of Broken Lizard is up to. They have quite a few original ways of toying with the minds of people, like the antics depicted in the trailer with a trio of potheads. Other amusing sequences include the word "meow," the fact that nobody recognizes that Thorny (last name Ramathan) is Indian, and some of the more minor sight gags. There are many other, less amusing things like a bulletproof jock, a horny foreign couple, and Heffernan, whose comedy wears thin after a while. After the movie is over, one may wonder what exactly was funny (even though he/she laughed), but Super Troopers is sufficient for some brainless amusement.

Haro Rates It: Okay.
1 hour, 43 minutes, Rated R for language, sexual content, and drug use.

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