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Movie review: 'Super Troopers 2' is a sequel stuck in permanent adolescence

By: Pat Padua The Washington Post
April 20, 2018 Updated: April 20, 2018 at 5:35 am
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(L-r) Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter and Kevin Heffernan star in "Super Troopers 2." MUST CREDIT: Jon Pack, Fox Searchlight Pictures

Starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Hefferman, Steve Lemme, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter; directed by Jay Chandrasekhar; 100 minutes; R for crude sexual material and coarse language throughout, drug humor and some graphic nudity.

In the sequel "Super Troopers 2," a highway patrolman (Kevin Heffernan) shoots and kills a bald eagle intentionally.

That's the level of satire in a lowbrow comedy so irreverent it almost could be considered a subversive indictment of law enforcement, not to mention lowbrow humor. Almost, that is, if it were remotely funny.

The movie reunites most of the cast of the 2001 hit "Super Troopers," including director Jay Chandrasekhar ("The Dukes of Hazzard"), who co-wrote the film with fellow members of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard, who play Vermont state troopers. Brian Cox returns as their grizzled captain, as does TV's Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, reprising her role as the governor of Vermont.

The fruit of this reunion is a raunchier version of the original, one that rehashes much of the first film's silly stoner aesthetic, including locker-room pranks, preoccupation with male genitalia and a drug-smuggling subplot that, predictably, gives the troopers a chance to sample contraband.

The funniest bit is a recurring joke involving a female hormone supplement called Flova Scotia. (I know, I know, but it's funnier than a dead eagle.) Rob Lowe appears in a cheeky cameo as the mayor of a small Canadian town, his regional accent not nearly as cliche as those attempted by other cast members.

While many movie sequels depict characters who actually have grown over time - "Before Midnight," "The Force Awakens" and "T2 Trainspotting" come to mind - this one is stuck in permanent adolescence.

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