The Broken Lizard Rewatch continues this week with the massive break out hit, Super Troopers. The troop toured this film everywhere, appearing in character at many events. This is the one we’re all here for, and of course, the sequel we’re leading up to!
Super Troopers (2001):
The film takes place in the fictional town of Spurbury, Vermont, near the Canada–US border. The plot centers on five Vermont state troopers who seem to have more of a knack for pranks than police work. Most of their time is spent devising new ways of messing with the heads of the people they pull over and hazing “Rabbit,” a new recruit. They also find time to torment their easily infuriated radio dispatcher, Rodney Farva, who has been exiled from patrol work because he was involved in a fight with several students during a questionable traffic stop of a school bus, which is later revealed during the credits. Their days of pranking and slacking off are cut short when the troopers suddenly find themselves attempting to solve a murder, bust a drug-smuggling ring, and avoid having their post eliminated by the state’s impending budget cut — resulting in their transfer, or quitting and opening up a roller disco.
The troopers have an ongoing rivalry with the Spurbury Police Department, Spurbury’s local police. They repeatedly enter conflicts with them (“highway cops versus the local cops”); one such dispute breaks out into an all-out fistfight, further increasing the station’s chances of being shut down. The rivalry eventually results in the governor’s (Lynda Carter) praise for the efforts of the Spurbury PD, who had managed to keep one step ahead of the state police by making their department appear responsible for the confiscation of the smuggled drugs. Defeated, the defrocked troopers unexpectedly stumble upon the scheme in which the local police are running protection for the aforementioned drug smugglers. The film’s epilogue finds the highway post still eliminated due to the budget cuts; however, the troopers become the new officers of the Spurbury PD replacing their incarcerated corrupt predecessors and thus free to continue their shenanigans in and around their jurisdiction.
This is obvious! This is one of the funniest movies ever! It’s very smart writing and the teams comedic timing is spot on. Everyone gets their moment to shine and you can tell that the group are very comfortable with each other, allowing hilarious riffs and improvs to take place. We could not recommend this movie any more than we have. A must see!
What’s Up Next?:
Broken Lizard did very well with “Super Troopers” that it was only fitting for Fox Searchlight to fund their next project, “Club Dread”.
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