Can Super Troopers 2 be Better Than the Original?
Super Troopers 2 (2018)
Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar
Written by: Broken Lizard
Staring: Broken Lizard, Rob Lowe, Brian Cox, and Emmanuel Chriqui
Run time: 100 minutes
If you google “successful comedy sequels” you get a 404 error. Go ahead and try it, I’ll wait…
Did you do it? Do you feel stupid? While you might have not got a 404 error you might have noticed that the movies that pop up are arguably awful to mediocre at best. Barring Ghostbusters 2 of course (I’m willing to fight over this one). So when I heard Broken Lizard was making a sequel to Super Troopers I was understandably skeptical as I hope you currently are. If you’re not then you’re probably that person who owns all the direct to video American Pie sequels.
Super Troopers 2 follows the fellows as they’re given a chance reclaim they’re jobs as cops thanks to a boarder dispute with Canada. Just as in the first movie, the guys find themselves in the middle of a Scooby-Doo-esq plot line in which they do their best to not take the matter seriously. Surprisingly the humor manages to be fresh even when calling back to jokes from the original.
So how did Broken Lizard manage to buck the trend and make a comedy sequel that is not only as good as the original, but dare I say—possibly—better? I was lucky enough to sit down with them and discus the writing process with them. Believe it or not, on top of the improvisational hilarity of cast their was over 35 drafts of the script written. A labor of love you can see in the final product. You can read my interview here. Go ahead, I’ll wait…ok I don’t blame you for not trusting me, but seriously I did interview them and it was pretty funny.
Farva (Kevin Heffernan) once again steals the show with his self deprecating humor, but surprisingly he has a fair amount of competition and not only from Mac (Steve Lemme). Most notably is antagonist Guy LaFranc played by the ever controversial Rob Lowe. Who would have ever thought Rob Lowe could be hilarious? I’m sure the writing helps a lot, but some of his funniest moments were reportedly improvised. I’ll give him credit despite the fact he typically makes my skin crawl. Rounding out the cast is veteran comedians Will Sasso, Hayes MacArthur, and Tyler Labine who play witless mounties with awful accents. Poor acting aside, these three manage to keep you laughing continuously, and for a comedy movie that’s what’s most important—right?
If you enjoyed the original, definitely go see this one. If you weren’t a big fan of the original but still enjoy comedies still see this one. You might be as pleasantly surprised as some of the people that attended the screening with me.