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Super Troopers Review

Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar.
Starring: Brian Cox, Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen, Lynda Carter and Jim Gaffigan.

Synopsis: This was a big goofy hit at Sundance this year and now the true test will be to see if it can pack the true theatres. Thorny, Rabbit, Mac, and Foster are Vermont State Troopers stationed in the boonies on the Canadian border. They spend the bulk of their time toying with speeders and taking impounded sports cars for spins on the open highway, while trying to stay on the good side of their fatherly mentor, Captain O'Hagan, and avoiding their tactless, thick-necked compatriot, Officer Rod Farva. Unfortunately, their quiet existence hasn't gone unnoticed: The state has targeted their low-volume station for a potential budget cut. The guys attempt to straighten up their act but find it's not so easy to change their brazen ways, especially with their law-enforcement rivals, the shifty local Earlville Police Force, doing their best to speed up the shutdown.

I had been hyped on this one by some friends, one of the best stupid movies to come along in a long while. Perhaps. However, I was raised by a cop and as I grew I was told a lot about some of the goofy things that they would do and when it comes down to it, the stories I heard outranked some of the more childlike pranks in this film so, it was a bit of a let down.

BUT: That is not to say there wasn't some great material here, nor is the cast without merit. The core group is a comedy troupe, relatively unknown called Broken Lizard, and this is actually their second film. The first was called Puddle Cruiser in 1996 was a movie that primarily played the college circuit...one has to admire that. They raised the 200 grand to make the film then they toured it around the US University circuit in a Winnebago.

Now they hit the big time with Super Troopers getting wide distribution one can expect to see a lot more of these guys in the future which is a plus. They hooked up with Cataland productions and are developing some TV shows as well as plotting their next film.

The actors were good, the material was ok, but the direction needed some work, which lands on the shoulders of director, performer and writer Jay Chandrasekhar of the troupe. Timing is everything in comedy and in some places the scenes play to empty air, as if timed out for laughs but when the laughs may not exist or last as long as they expected there is still a lingering shot leaving the actors to stand there until the scene change.

Having said that though, certain scenes showed great promise and a couple were very tightly edited without giving a chance for the audience to breathe. One scene, the officer saying meow to the driver as many times without trying to seem like he is saying meow may sound stupid but it just gets funnier and funnier as it goes on.

The problem with the movie is its lack of flow, it comes off as very episodic and now that it seems they are developing it into a TV show one can entirely see that in the film itself. It will make a great half hour, but as an episodic movie it can be a little frustrating. Sure there is a thin storyline to tie most of the events together but in the end it is the gags that really propel one through the movie and when some fall flat, which is inevitable, not every gag can be a gem, it hurts the movie.

Having sounded rather downbeat about the film, I'm not really. I give it 2 and a half stars and I really look forward to their next outing and maybe seeing if I can dig up a copy of Puddle Cruiser...but, this was an interesting and fun waste of time...just seems they missed the boat on some great gags and it could have been a tighter film.

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