Second chances don’t come every day. A second piece of pie is tasty even if you know it’s not good for you. Second dates only happen when the first date succeeds (or, of course, if the girl or guy takes pity on the poor soul who is bound to mess everything up). And sequels usually only come when the original film makes truckloads of cash, but the original Super Troopers only grossed north of $18 million at the box office. So, it was with great interest that I sat down to this unconventional sequel, Super Troopers 2, that was born thanks to fans and the Indiegogo platform.
The members of the Vermont Highway Patrol have moved on in their lives. They had to leave police work behind after the “Fred Savage Incident.” No one really is talking about this crazy event that happened between the films, and if you stay put, you’ll get to the bottom of it — but I digress. While working in their new positions, the boys get a call from their former captain, who invites them to go fishing in Canada. But they are in for a surprise.
It is actually a special task force, which leads to the reinstatement of our favorite officers and puts the Vermont Highway Patrol in control policing a prospective new section of the United States. The Canadian residents don’t like what’s going on, and they don’t like these Americans. And they definitely aren’t prepared for these officers.
The whole force returns here, including Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), who struggles with a crazy addiction. Farva (Kevin Heffernan) is as obnoxious as ever. Mac (Steve Lemme) and Foster (Paul Soter) are up to their old tricks, and Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) — ever the rookie — falls in love with a pretty Canadian representative. All five are causing trouble at every turn after their Canadian hosts drop a bear in their station.
This is a film that is for the fans of the original Super Troopers. It’s loaded with cameos, faces you know, faces you remember and even the return of the “meow” bit — a personal favorite from the original film. With Rob Lowe as mayor of the small Canadian city and performances from Lynda Carter, Damon Wayans Jr. and Seann William Scott, you will get a dose of fun from the moment the lights go down.
But the real fun here is in our favorite highway patrolmen. They deliver the jokes, and although not all of them hit the mark, you’ll find yourself laughing and wanting to quote lines long after the film ends. Super Troopers 2 is a film that people will watch for years, much like the original. And I can imagine finding many new jokes that you may have missed in every subsequent viewing.
There are moments of unevenness in Super Troopers 2, and the serious parts of the film tend to fall flat, but fortunately they are few and far between. For the most part, Super Troopers 2 is an arresting comedy that writes you a ticket for fun.
Super Troopers 2 is available On Demand beginning July 17. Check your cable system for availability