The first read band trailer for the comedy sequel Super Troopers 2 is here. Super Troopers came from just about out of nowhere in 2002 to become one of the most beloved cult comedies of the aughts. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and written by and starring the members of the Broken Lizard comedy group, Super Troopers tells the story of a group of Vermont state troopers goofing off, pranking both motorists and each other and stumbling into an international drug trafficking scheme. The film contributed catchphrases to the lexicon, as well as several memorable characters.
The Broken Lizard members went on to make several other films - and while they’ve all had their fans, none ever made quite the impact that Super Troopers did. Talk of a sequel persisted for years, leading to a successful Kickstarter campaign, and production on Super Troopers 2 began last year and finished up this summer, with a release date set for next April.
The red band trailer for Super Troopers 2 is now online (see above), courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures. The minute-long clip is pretty much the Super Troopers we all remember: the cops doing pranks, singling out Rod Farva (Kevin Heffernan) for special mockery and another confrontation with the same guy they pulled over in the first movie.
The plot of the movie concerns tension on the U.S./Canada border, as the troopers are brought in to establish a new highway patrol unit. The entire main cast from the first film is back, including Brian Cox, while new faces include Rob Lowe as a Canadian mayor named Guy, as well as Emmanuelle Chriqui, Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur and Will Sasso. The Canadian aspect would certainly explain the Mountie costumes in the trailer.
Super Troopers was a hugely entertaining film with laughs that hold up better today than a lot of other comedies from that era, and every indication is that the sequel - a multi-year labor of love that required crowdfunding - will be more of the same from the Broken Lizard crew.
What reasons are there to be skeptical? Comedy sequels can be dicey. Law enforcement officials misusing their power means something very different, culturally, in 2017 than it did in 2002, and it isn’t quite as funny. Not to mention, grown men goofing off and executing immature pranks might not be as funny now that they’re all in their 40s, instead of their 20s.
Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures
- Super Troopers 2 (2018) release date: Apr 20, 2018