Yes, it’s true — the boys with badges are back again on Blu-ray, DVD and digital with writer/director Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske (a.k.a. the Broken Lizard gang) along with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is “Super Troopers 2.”
It has been a while since we last saw our favorite Vermont State Troopers as they have moved on since the Fred Savage incident. A telephone call from Captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) is about to change their downtrodden lives. Telling Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Foster (Paul Soter) and Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) to meet him in Canada for a fishing trip. The thing is that it turns out the boys are the catch of the day. Oh yes, and Farva (Kevin Heffernan).
The Captain along with Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) has a proposal for them, discovering the lines between the United States and Canada are all messed up, it seems that a piece of Canada is about to become a piece of the United States…follow? Good, keep up because this is where it gets good.
The Governor puts the gang back in uniform and introduces them to Mountie Podien (Hayes MacArthur), Bellefuille (Tyler Labine) and Archambault (Will Sasso) who aren’t thrilled at all about the changes coming. They are introduced to the town hockey hero Guy LeFranc (Rob Lowe) who owns the town bar & bordello and Genevieve Aubois (Emmanuelle Chriqi) who seems to be the only welcoming person.
As the changes begin to happen, like changing roadway signs and listen to Canadians make it clear that the boys aren’t wanted — they discover crates of illegal guns, phones and weapons. Not sure exactly what is happening, they start searching for who is responsible while, at the same time, deal with the barrage of shenanigans from their Mountie counterparts.
They may not be average law enforcement but one thing is for sure — they never quite!
Cox as O’Hagan is happy to bring his boys back together and this time completely understands that they aren’t about to change their antics. Believing in second chances he’s fully on board. Chandrasekhar as Thorny brings his mustache back into play and doesn’t hesitate to take on Mounties or a bag of female hormone therapy (which is more than hilarious). I just love his laid back attitude and straight-faced one-liners.
Lemme as Mac is thrilled to be back and when the mystery of crates comes about, he is on the case. Stolhanske as Rabbit is on his game and not just solving the crate case as a certain French woman has his full and upright attention. Soter as Foster is definitely one of the boys and follows them and I secretly think hoping it will lead to even more trouble.
Heffernan as Farva doesn’t need a gun fired to get him off and running. I believe the best part of Farva being in Canada is — yes, his happiness in discovering there is somewhere in the world where you can get a liter of liquid. Heffernan is hilarious without question.
MacArthur as Podien, Labine as Bellefuille and Sasso as Archambault are proud of being Mounties and even prouder that their town has a bar and bordello. I have to say I loved their way of handling the Vermont crew. If it is possible to have Canadian twins, these guys are it for the American boys.
Lowe as LeFranc has a horribly funny Canadian accent but then again he does play a former hero hockey player AND is the owner of the bar and bordello so actually, I found myself nodding, ‘cool’. Lowe has still got it and I love when he takes roles that are just out and out fun to do. Chriqui as Genevieve wants to make the guys welcome, especially one warm and fuzzy guy.
Cameos and other cast include Seann William Scott as Trooper Callaghan, Clifton Collins Jr. as the Bus Driver, Damon Wayans Jr. as Trooper Wagner, Bruce McCulloch as Officer Lloyds, Paul Hauser as Lonnie Laloush, Jim Gaffigan as Larry Johnson, Marisa Coughlan as Ursula along with Lynda Carter and Fred Savage.
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The Blu-ray and DVD include the special features of “Making ‘Super Troopers 2,’” “Extended & Deleted Scenes,” “Kevin Heffernan: Method Actor” and “Theatrical Trailer.” Included is Movies Anywhere which means you have options where you can enjoy your films so check that out.
“Super Troopers” came out in 2001 and here it is 17 years later and these gents don’t miss a beat. The comedy is on point, the gags are awesome, the band is back together and I don’t know anyone who isn’t thrilled about that fact. Simply stated, the anticipation for “Super Troopers 2” was huge and worth the wait. There isn’t one single thing about the film that doesn’t bring about fits of laughter.
What really made it all worth the wait is that the Broken Lizard bang didn’t try to reinvent the comedy wheel. Instead, they brought in subtle remembrances from 2001, kept the story close to what each character is known for and I am absolutely okay with both of those things. Watching the film again now on Blu-ray, it feels like comedy home and hilariously comfortable.
Okay, so I’ve watched the Blu-ray several times and I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be watching it more than a couple time in the future. “Super Troopers 2” is a comedy that brings the laughs with ease and brings friends together for a double feature night of fun! Quite honestly I am secretly hoping the Broken Lizard boys are locked away somewhere in a secret location working on a script for a “Super Troopers 3” … a girl can dream right?
I might have the opportunity to ask just that as this week kicks off Comic-Con here in San Diego. Seems The Broken Lizard Comedy Team will be at the Horton Grand Theatre on Saturday, July 21. The team of Jay, Kevin, Steve, Paul and Erik will be sharing their stories and that’s when I’ll sneak in my question!
In the end — the mustache rides again!