Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme
Release Date: July 17, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
When an international border dispute arises between the U.S. and Canada, the fun-loving Vermont Highway Patrolmen – Mac, Thorny, Foster, Rabbit and Farva – are called in to resolve the situation.
Everybody’s favorite pathetic excuses for lawmen are back in hilarious action and with a whole new landscape to terrorize in the long-awaited sequel ‘Super Troopers 2’ from the Broken Lizard team. With preparations in a small Canadian border readying to shift to a US owned area, the trouble causing Vermont Highway Patrol squad is called in to mediate the transfer of power. Trying to deal with the drastic differences of culture and all the while attempting to outdo the trio of local Mounties that just seem to be their natural enemy, these troublemakers tackle it all in their usual sarcastic style with mayhem and hilarity naturally ensuing at every turn.
Directed once again by frequent Broken Lizard director Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, Club Dread) from a screenplay that as per usual was written by the entire Broken Lizard team (comprised of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske), Chandrasekhar does a great job at the helm of ‘Super Troopers 2’ seeming to have no trouble jumping right back into the familiar fun of the original. The sequel features a cast comprised of many returning individuals and newcomers to the series alike and includes the whole Broken Lizard team of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske, in addition to Brian Cox (X2), Rob Lowe (TV’s Code Black), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage), Will Sasso (Killing Hasselhoff), Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Hayes MacArthur (TV’s Angie Tribeca), Lynda Carter (TV’s Supergirl) and more, nearly all delivering humorous and fitting performances in each of their respective roles, particularly Sasso, Labine and MacArthur whose hilarious portrayals of the main three Mounties are easily one of the film’s greatest elements.
The long discussed and highly anticipated sequel from the Broken Lizard comedy team, ‘Super Troopers 2’ has finally arrived which is certainly an event to celebrate in itself. For the most part the follow-up delivers a rather worthy sequel that definitely isn’t as outstanding as its predecessor but should nonetheless leave fellow fans quite satisfied. Dishing out plenty of noteworthy laughs and revisiting jokes from the original often to humorous results, while still making an effort to switch things up to some degree and even providing our favorite lovable goofball squad a brand new area to terrify (so to speak) and it all molds together into a pretty hilarious and thoroughly entertaining second chapter. The follow-up of course features the entirety of the Broken Lizard team reprising their roles from the first film in addition to once again penning the screenplay, with Jay Chandrasekhar once more competently guiding along the goofy fun in the director’s chair. Any other longtime fans of the original film will surely want to make a point of checking out this amusing sequel whenever they have the chance, and anyone who tends to appreciate similar over the top, raunchy comedy movies (or other efforts from the Broken Lizard team in particular who never seem to disappoint) are all incredibly likely to have a pretty great time with this enjoyable and long awaited sequel to the cult classic comedy.
Overall, ‘Super Troopers 2’ comes together into a thoroughly enjoyable sequel. It may not quite manage to attain the level of greatness that the first movie (and so many of the Broken Lizard team’s other outings) have reached, but still manages to form into a familiar yet occasionally unique and frequently hilarious good time. It probably won’t exceed many expectations but shouldn’t disappoint either and is likely to leave everyone who’s been patiently awaiting this sequel relatively satisfied. ‘Super Troopers 2’ is definitely recommended, especially for fellow fans of the Broken Lizard team in general and of the first ‘Super Troopers’ who probably won’t want to even consider missing out on this fairly solid sequel. It certainly shouldn’t have any issue proving itself more than worth your time and the cost of a rental at the absolute least.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Super Troopers 2’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks wonderful and delivers a sharp, detailed and colorful presentation from start to finish, with no noticeable faults to be uncovered throughout. It holds up remarkably well even during the darkly lit and fast moving sequences, never allowing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a fantastic high definition video presentation from Twentieth Century Fox that’s complimented by a more than sufficient bitrate and should easily satisfy the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack does a great job of providing a crisp, clean and fairly active audio presentation throughout. It frequently embraces all five available channels in order to send some action effects, crowd chatter and nature elements along with plenty more throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, and never causing any dialogue or other audio activity that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible as a result. Overall, this is a more than capable 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that contributes its share of additional fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Super Troopers 2’ includes a few fun extras that fans should have some fun with. Included on the release are a collection of ‘Deleted/Extended Scenes’ from the movie (running approximately 20 minutes in length altogether), in addition to a behind the scenes Featurette ‘(making) Super Troopers 2’ (running approximately 40 minutes) which includes an in depth look at bringing the sequel to life, featuring interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. Also included is an additional brief, yet amusing Featurette ‘Kevin Heffernan: Method Actor’ (approximately 2 minutes) and both the ‘Red Band Teaser’ (1 minute) and ‘Red Band Trailer’ (2 minutes) for the film.
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Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
‘Super Troopers 2’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray combo pack, DVD & Digital from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment