Race-related beatings. Corruption. And now spoofs. Cops just can't catch a break, and they can't be all too pleased with their portrayal in Super Troopers, a mediocre comedy with some hilarious moments but a lot of stupid high jinks in between.
A cast of no names, except for the original Hannibal Lecter Brian Cox, star in this ensemble piece about a band of state troopers that are soon going to be disbanded due to budget cuts (and they're idiots). They are also at odds with the local cops, who are always crossing into their jurisdiction. However, as a drug ring begins to emerge in their area, they see a way to impress the Governor and keep their jobs.
Super Troopers has some funny moments. The opening scene is pretty good, as a few stoners try to hide the fact that they are high. Every five or ten minutes or so the movie throws out something clever. It's the rest of the movie that has a problem.
The thing is, there is only a certain level of stupidity that normal people can handle. Super Troopers sinks below that at times. All of the troopers have more interest in playing jokes on the people they pull over than actually pulling them over. It's funny for a little while but the jokes run old, and more than anything, I'd rather see semi-realistic cops get into stupid situations than see unbelievably stupid cops get into stupid situations. The climax exemplifies this as the movie just goes goofy beyond belief.
The acting isn't very good, but it doesn't really matter in this kind of a movie. The plot is surprisingly decent, for this kind of movie. The comedy is there, but Broken Lizard (the five main cast members also wrote the movie) didn't spend enough time to think things out. Super Troopers at times doesn't seem any more thought out than a family home video; everything seems rushed. The Broken Lizard members seemed satisfied with their first takes, instead of going back and fleshing out the imperfections. After a while, it's annoying just to listen to some of them talk.
Super Troopers has its moments, and definitely isn't the most awful thing to watch, but I'd rather get a speeding ticket than see this one a second time.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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