After a cartographic snafu reveals that a small section of Canada actually belongs to Vermont, a team of disgraced state troopers is brought back together to aid in the transition; the syrup and hockey jokes fall like rain. It’s been 17 years since the Broken Lizard comedy team’s endearingly shambling Super Troopers took up a permanent spot on weekend cable, with dedicated fans eventually turning to an Indiegogo campaign to seal the deal for a sequel. Even with that backstory, though, the results feel strangely like a contractually obligated rush job, with copious amounts of dead air. (The jokes that do work are mainly just reframed bits from the original, which is no way to run a railroad.) While the lived-in chemistry between the performers still produces a number of random guffaws—Brian Cox doing a split-second Anthony Hopkins-as-Hannibal impression may in itself be worth a rental—this bummer of a follow-up rarely rises above the lower levels of munchie-assisted nostalgia. When an amped-to-the-moon preview audience makes more noise at the set-up of a movie’s gags instead of the punchlines, something is definitely screwy.
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Producer: Richard Perello, Charles Stiefel, Peter E. Lengyel, Todd Stiefel, Brent Stiefel, Michael Hassan, Richard Hassan, Kris Meyer, Justin Begnaud, Jamie Greene, David Gendron, Michael Hansen and Ali Jazayeri
Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske, Brian Cox, Lynda Carter, Rob Lowe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jim Gaffigan, Fred Savage, Seann Scott, Damon Wayans Jr., Marisa Coughlan, Tyler Labine, Hayes MacArthur and Will Sasso