No, dear readers, I’ve not seen the first one. Mostly because I wasn’t interested in goofball comedies when it first came out. Hell, I’m barely interested in them now. But I know if you’re a fan of those types of flicks, then you were probably among the seemingly infinite horde of lovers for this.
Here’s the cast. Starring, directing, and co-writing, we have Jay Chandrasekhar (SUPER TROOPERS), and his co-writers and co-stars, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske, all known for acting in the original film, and writing films THE SLAMMIN’ SALMON (2009), BEERFEST (2006), and SUPER TROOPERS. In support, we have Seann William Scott (GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS , ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE , and the upcoming GREEN DOLPHIN ), Brian Cox (CHURCHILL , MORGAN , PIXELS , and the upcoming THE PRETENDERS ), Rob Lowe (HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER  and MONSTER TRUCKS ), Damon Wayans Jr. (HOW TO BE SINGLE ), and Lynda Carter (SKY HIGH , WONDER WOMAN [1975 – 1979], video game FALLOUT 4 ).
Now for the crew. Composing the score is, and this takes me by complete surprise, the Eagles of Death Metal, making their feature film debut. Their only other credit is for the video game, GRAN TURISMO 5 (2010). The cinematographer is Joe Collins, known for a bunch of TV shows. Finally, the editor is Spencer Houck, known for a bunch of TV shows.
Overall, I can’t say I’m looking forward to this. I don’t know if I’ll like it at all, but… we’ll see.
This is my honest opinion of: SUPER TROOPERS 2
After a major screw-up, the former Vermont state troopers Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), and Foster (Paul Soter) now work construction. Thankfully, it’s not long before they’re called back into service over a border dispute. Turns out, there’s a small town that might actually be part of American territory, so while the turnover is underway, the former troopers are offered their jobs back as a new highway patrol station is set up. But things get complicated when the guys discover a ton of illegal drugs being smuggled in and set out to discover who’s behind it.
Well, it’s certainly funnier than I thought it was going to be.
For a movie like this, I pretty much expected the entire film’s jokes to consist of nothing but drug and fart jokes. Fascinatingly, the drug jokes are, for the most part, kinda funny. And there’s, like, one fart joke. The restrain and dependency on these jokes is very appreciated. Having said that, the movie as a whole isn’t very funny. What are the jokes that I do like then? Well, I like the running gag that Farva (Kevin Heffernan) has a shit-load of bad things happen to him. I feel like a lesser movie makes the likable characters have bad things happen to them, as opposed to the less likable ones, but that’s happily not the case. Farva is an intentionally politically incorrect character in how he acts American, and how he treats Canadians. So when something like getting chased by a bear, knocked around in a porter potty, threatened to get shot (this is all admittedly in one scene), but it’s acknowledged that he’s an asshole, he’s treated like he’s an asshole, and funny and bad things happen to him the most. Actually, my favorite joke in the movie is the “penis in your asshole” bit. I admit, I was laughing pretty hard at that.
And while I can’t necessarily quote anything, I do also enjoy how the movie isn’t strictly “Canadian bashing”. While there are plentiful Canadian jokes, the movie does seem to have a nice-ish balance of poking fun at American culture too. No, this movie doesn’t represent Canadian views or people in the slightest, but it knows it’s not being politically correct, toward them or themselves as Americans, and rolls with it in a pretty funny way.
Also, the opening sequence has Sean William Scott. Always a welcomed site, him.
But with all that said, for every good joke, there’s still more than a few lame jokes to keep it all off balance. Like, I still have no idea why Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) was constantly taking that female hormone pill. The first time he tries it made a humorous kind of sense. They couldn’t identify the drugs, and instead of taking them to a drug lab and have them analyzed, they took them to feel the effects and determine the type of drug they just took. But… that’s it. Why does Thorny keep taking it? Yes yes, he starts acting feminine and at the end, he starts lactating. First of all, ew, and second of all, this is only describing the effects that it has on him, not explaining why he’s taking them. Is he suffering from anxiety and the pill is mellowing him out in a way that pot isn’t? Did I miss the explanation? I legit don’t get it. Most of the jokes I surprisingly understood, but this one… just why?
It’s not the only joke, granted, and I probably hung up on it more than I should have, but the final reason why I only think this movie is just okay is because it’s forgettable. While I’m sure fans of the original are sure to like, even love, this, I can’t claim to be in the same ball park. There’s funny gags, not funny gags, and between them all is just a lot of “whatever” to me. Hell, a lot of the characters, I don’t even know their names. So with all that going for it, what are my final thoughts? I… actually gave it away a couple times already, I think it’s okay. It wasn’t a waste of time, but it’s time that won’t stick with me. So as a recommendation, I say fans of the original will probably have a blast. As for anyone like me, eh, there’s something to enjoy, but I say save it for a rental. This mustache ain’t regulation, but it’s still well-kempt enough.
My honest rating for SUPER TROOPERS 2: 3/5