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Super Troopers

Super Troopers

The raucous comedy Super Troopers is the group effort of Broken Lizard with member and director Jay Chandrasekhar.  Crass camaraderie is the order of business in this bawdy, crude romp set on a highway stretch close to the border of Vermont with troopers just waiting to have their audience enjoy or be aghast at their frat-house escapades.

This hodgepodge of Animal House speckled with Police Academy finds a tweenie threesome getting high as they head toward the Canadian border for some "French fries and gravy."  Our nasty state highway patrols play a cute game with them that makes them smell fear as one of them ingests what's in the baggies, like some mighty powerful mushrooms.  The drug addled chase sequence is something like a favorite from a Cheech & Chong movie.

Chandrasekhar is Lt. Thorny and fellow highway troopers like Mac (Steve Lemme), Foster (Paul Soter), rookie Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and portly rent-a-cop type Farva (Kevin Heffernan) are genuinely playing off one another, but their script isn't as sharp as their teamwork.

While the sketch driven narrative gathers steam from politics, the diminishing barrage of amusing skits includes one like Farva's tirade at a burger joint.  Marisa Coughlan is the sweet Spursbury dispatcher who wants to work the road and is drawn to the frisky Foster.  She luckily provides more flirty fun and isn't a mean spirited pawn as in the filthy humor of Freddy Got Fingered.

Chandrasekhar, who gained praise at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, shows some comedic skills, but he is no Kevin Smith, and Super Troopers probably isn't going to warrant a sequel. Nevertheless, with the shaving cream, delousing with powdered sugar, and a bear which would be at home in a Farrelly brothers movie, there's enough SCTV-inspired gross, lewd humor to have Animal House fanatics and their rock loving kids taken in with the screw around attitude.

Super Troopers

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