SUPER TROOPERS 2 REVIEWED
“Super Troopers 2” is the movie that seemed like a good idea before the last two Broken Lizard movies. It’s not that there was anything wrong with that. It’s just that making R rated comedies with the sensibilities of mid 80s WB movies might not appeal to modern audiences. After all, we live in an era where humor is dead and the watchful eyes of Mother SJW patrol the populace like a McSweeney’s reading eagle. Where does that leave this sequel? After all, it took a successful crowd funding campaign to get FOX to take a chance on a movie whose predecessor was a home video cash cow.
Now, the gang has reunited to take over the patrol for a Canadian town. It turns out that this tiny land had existed believing that they belonged to the Great White North. Now, they are free to choke on the sweet tang of liberty. Rob Lowe plays their leader who tries to make the transition as smooth as possible, but three troublesome mounties don’t want to go down without a fight. Thankfully, America has five old men and Brian Cox to fight on Wonder Woman’s behalf. Seriously, Wonder Woman is the Governor again.
There’s a litany of small roles and cameos for actors that will make stoners do some IMDB research after a second viewing and 4/20 has ended. Still, it doesn’t matter. This sequel exists as an amplified version of the original. The only appeal is to younger fans who missed out on the first movie. They’ll laugh and feel included while sucking on that Szechuan sauce teat while wearing Bob Ross t-shirts. Little do they know that the joke is on them.
The nostalgia market is ruining everything. Pop culture and society is standing still, so that the youth can play catch-up. Normally, we’d yell at our younger brothers and sisters to catch-up, but there’s a profit to be made. Catering to the older fan’s inability to move on and the youth’s desire to have something cool produces art that just sits on a shelf. Eventually, all art ends up being physical or immaterial minutia that takes shelf space. It’s just that we need to increase the length of its better years.
Most comedies don’t have sequels for a very real reason. You kinda had to be there for the joke to land. Are there periods of audience respond that ebb and flow throughout the ages? Sure. It’s just that Super Troopers 2 suffers from being an inferior follow-up. Hell, even Anchorman 2 took a header for the same reasons. Make sure to stick to your seats, as there is an after-credits scene.
- 1 hr 43 mins
- FOX Searchlight