Posted: 02/16/2002


Super Troopers


by Del Harvey

Every bad cop joke you’ve ever heard…

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A handful of highway patrol troopers in upstate Vermont must fight to keep their jobs when their captain is warned that they must write more tickets or be given the axe. Written and directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, who also plays Thorny, the unspoken leader of the crew, Super Troopers is funny in a Three Stooges sort of way. Unfortunately, this humor lasts no more than an hour. After that, the film repeats many of the same jokes, over and over. Realizing this, the director opts for skin, exposing as many of the female actors as possible. In spite of this, he managed to get a few “known” actors to sign on for this less-than-inspired bit of ho-hum: Lynda Carter, Bryan Cox, Daniel von Bargen and Jim Gaffigan.

The patrolmen — rookie Rabbit, loverboy Mac, and hardcore Foster — are acceptable as Vermont State Troopers. They shirk the bulk of their work, instead playing pranks on each other with speeders and taking impounded sports cars for spins on the open highway. When not on the road, they try to stay on the good side of their fatherly mentor, Captain O’Hagan (Bryan Cox) and avoid their clumsy, thick-necked coworker, Officer Rod Farva. Of course, this being a formula comedy that should have gone straight to video, once the boys learn that the state has targeted their low volume post for a potential budget slash, they manage to buckle down in order to impress their superiors. Things aren?t looking too good for our boys. But then, unexpectedly, the troopers’ new “by the book” attitude uncovers a drug smuggling operation running across the border to Canada. Sensing salvation, the Troopers race the clock to bust the smugglers and save their jobs. But there is fierce competition from the local town cops, led by von Bargen.

If you like comedy, you?ll enjoy the first thirty to sixty minutes of Super Troopers. But, who really plans to watch only part of a film? Why not wait until this one is on video. You?ll feel better about watching only part of the film, and you won?t have to make up stories when your friends see you come out of the theatre where Super Troopers is playing.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly. He has recently returned to L.A. from Chicago to get back into all that show-biz insanity firsthand.

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