(Release Info London schedule; June 15th, 2018, Empire Cinemas)
"Super Troopers 2"
Everyone's favorite law enforcement team is back by popular demand with the long anticipated follow up to the cult comedy classic 'Super Troopers'. When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, 'The Super Troopers' Mac (Steve Lemme), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Foster (Paul Soter), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and Farva (Kevin Heffernan), are called in to set up a new 'Highway Patrol Station' in the disputed area. Unconventional police work follows, and the result is "Super Troopers 2".
Fired for their previous shenanigans, disgraced 'Vermont Highway Patrol' officers Thorny, Farva, Rabbit, Foster and Mac re-unite when Captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) and Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) give the cops a shot at redemption. Their assignment, take over law enforcement in a 'French-Canadian' town transitioning to U.S. sovereignty due to a recently discovered screw-up in border markings. The Quebec town’s ex-hockey player mayor, Guy Le Franc (Rob Lowe), tries to charm 'The Yankee Interlopers' at his hockey-themed brothel, while local 'Canadian Mounties' (Will Sasso, Tyler Labine, and Hayes MacArthur as themselves) prank the Americans with a little help from a 1,300-pound bear. As they try to overcome their inability to understand the metric system, 'The Super Troopers' eventually uncover a smuggling ring, take revenge on the Mounties and wreak havoc on the good citizens of Canada.
Expanding the fact-based premise to absurd extremes, 'The Broken Lizard' team collectively wrote 37 drafts of "Super Troopers 2", taking pains to cram the script with jokes and sight gags. Foster gets the best and the worst in this movie. He gets the love scenes, and he also got chained to a giant industrial saw. While each 'Broken Lizard' suffers for his art in "Super Troopers 2", Farva has a particularly rough time of it. He was the biggest jackass in the first movie. Now for this one, it’s even more; he ends up in a porta-potty that flips over and blue goop pours all over him. Rabbit falls victim to a shaving-cream locker-room scene. 'The Mounties' tell the Americans about a hazing ritual that involves the rookie of the bunch getting handcuffed to a bench and forcibly shaved. 'The Captain' is a sweet, rather sad character because he’s lumbered with these five idiots. The audience should have immense sympathy for this character but instead they just laugh their heads off. Also returning from the first "Super Troopers 2" are Lynda Carter, iconic star of the 1970s “Wonder Woman” series, and Marisa Coughlan, who reprise their roles as Governor Jessman and Officer Ursula, respectively. The bear is a real diva. In "Super Troopers 2", the pivotal man-versus-bear scene centers on Farva as he tries to distract the hungry animal ransacking police headquarters in search of food. This bear comes in, did his stuff, got out, he's fantastic. The bear is a good actor.
For comedy fans who appreciate goofball antics in the tradition of "Animal House" and "Caddyshack", the anarchy-packed "Super Troopers 2" serves up a fresh helping of 'Broken Lizard’s' trademark 'R-rated' wackiness. While "Super Troopers" has become a cult comedy classic, this one stands on it's own but has some definite throwbacks to the original. The film don’t really have to discover the characters, just paints them a little weirder. Whether it catches on in the same way as the first one, who the hell knows? Hopefully, if there’s a "Super Troopers 3" Captain O’Hagan will be able to exact his revenge. Between 'The Mounties’ bare-naked debacle, the bordello showdown and the shaving sequence, "Super Troopers 2" shows plenty of skin. There’s more nudity, both female and male, than we’ve ever had in any of the other movies. The film wants to give something back to the ladies. Raunchy and outrageous, "Super Troopers 2" continues in the grand tradition of 'The Broken Lizard Comedy Group', serving up 'R-rated' slapstick along with plenty of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.