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Tuesday, March 8, 2011



Super Troopers is a 2002 comedy brought to us by the guys from Broken Lizard and director Jay Chandrasekhar. It follows the lives of a group of Vermont highway patrolmen who don't necessarily take their job seriously. When their productivity starts to drop off altogether, they receive word that their highway patrol station is going to be closed due to state budget cuts. Their chief, Captain O'Hagan (Brian Cox), tries his best to get them to do their jobs correctly, but it's tough work for the likes of his men. However, the boys stumble across a drug trafficking situation on their highway that the local police quickly scoop up in an attempt to keep the glory for themselves. It quickly turns into a story of local police against highway patrol as both groups are trying to stamp their name as the dominant police force in the area.

I'm sure I could go into more detail with the above synopsis, but what I've already said is really all you need to know going into the film. Although I liked Super Troopers, it's by no means a perfect movie (but I didn't really expect perfection out of it, to be fair). The actual storyline is okay, but there's nothing really great about it. As with most of these goofy comedies, the real payoff is in the jokes and gags, and in this, Super Troopers is mostly successful. While there will always be a few jokes that don't necessarily punch it home, the movie does provide quite a few scenes that prove to be very, very funny. I won't go into specifics, but I did find myself laughing quite heartily on more than one occasion. Kudos to the Broken Lizard writers.

The acting is also relatively good, considering the type of flick we're given. Chandrasekhar also stars in the film as one of our leads, and I think he delivers the best performance, providing a calm bravado as the highway patrol's senior member. We also get some spirited performances from the other members of the highway patrol: Erik Stolhanske, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Kevin Heffernan. You should also be on the lookout for a cameo from a somewhat younger Jim Gaffigan that proves to be rather funny. Each character plays his part as good as the character is written, and they do a good enough job to make the jokes in the screenplay sufficiently funny. Still, there's nothing terribly brilliant about it all, but that's neither here nor there. I don't want to take away from what they do bring to the screen.

Overall, Super Troopers is a fun flick that's good for some mindless comedy and entertainment. I think it's one of those movies that might be best to watch with a group of friends so you can all share in the laughs. Either way, I'm sure you'll at least find some things to chuckle at along the way. Definitely worth your time if you're in for a lazy day.

Movie Review Summary:
Grade: B
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