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Ah, Broken Lizard. I would say that this is the movie that started it all, but of course it is not. That mantle is held by Puddle Cruiser, a little seen at the time, (self-distributed across country, college campus to college campus), released to dvd upon the troupe’s burgeoning popularity that has some charm if only showing what was to soon come fro. Super Troopers is the film that brought the group into the mainstream consciousness. The jokes may be crude, the humor a little lowbrow, but the movie as a whole is just plain funny. Some of the gags fire on all cylinders, utilizing wordplay, physical comedy, and well played cameos. These boys are certainly close-knit and unafraid to try something new or make fools of themselves. They write it all together and go out in front of the camera to make the audience laugh, even if that viewership consists solely of them. Not quite a pot comedy, nor a strict spoof on law enforcement, Super Troopers is a grab-bag of laughs that come often and fast, disguising a flimsy premise with its flash, one-liners, and shenanigans.

I will admit that I’d love this film if the final hour was acted out by sock puppets—that’s how good the first scene is. “Littering and… littering and…littering and…” When Jay Chandrasekhar (Thorny and the movie’s director) and Erik Stolhanske (Rabbit) take on the duty of pulling over a trio of drug-addled frat boys on the freeway, you will miss moments because of the loud laughter. From the moment they come onscreen until Steve Lemme (Mac) “hijacks” the cop car they are being held in for a trip to Mexico, you will have tears in your eyes. Hopefully I am not playing this sequence up, I truly believe anyone will find it hilarious. Geoffrey Arend steals the scene by far as he completely freaks out from the amount of drugs coursing through his body.

As for the actual plot, basically, the Vermont city they are in is strapped for cash and looking to dissolve either the state troopers or the city police. The troopers are played by our stars and while partaking in antics and games on the job; they do actually seem to work when needed. Whether they play the “repeater” game, try and say “meow” as often as they can, or any other crazy activity to infuse some fun into the daily grind, they’ll still write the ticket and put the bad guys behind bars. Even when a couple of German swingers offer their bodies for a warning, Thorny knows that they must be brought in because the car is stolen…he can always bring them home to spend some time with he and his hippy wife anyways, moustache rides free of charge. But I digress, the troopers attempt to crack open a case of drug smuggling in order to prove to the mayor that they should stay open while the city cops try and do the same. The two sides clash often and even find a bit of romance between them before all is said and done, but in the end, one must go the way of the dinosaur.

Credit must be given to Brian Cox, yes that venerable Scotsman, classically trained on the stage. This guy has no shame and just has fun with a group of jackasses, letting loose while still bringing his trademark professionalism. He boxes, while drunk, soon after urinating on a pulled-over car—classic. And besides those already mentioned, Paul Soter is great as Foster, whose “biker” snafu with Ursula (Marisa Coughlan) is a standout moment, and Kevin Heffernan steals the show as Farva. I knew this film had hit big and crossed into the American lexicon when, while working at Ted’s Hot Dogs here in Buffalo, a police officer came in for dinner and asked for a liter of cola. I had to smile as he returned one of his own—we both knew the joke and kudos to him for having a great sense of humor.

Super Troopers 8/10

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