Just when it seems like gross, slapstick comedy has covered every conceivable area of life, another film comes along with a unique perspective.
Just when it seems like gross, slapstick comedy has covered every conceivable area of life, another film comes along with a unique perspective. SUPER TROOPERS features a small highway patrol outpost in Vermont, led by crusty, old veteran Captain John O’Hagan (Brian Cox). Out on the road, veteran Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar) and the four other cops at the station engage in traffic stops and local crime fighting. The main story revolves around some major drug dealing going on in the area, with the highway patrol fighting local town police over jurisdiction. Because no one on the highway patrol seems competent to do anything right, they are losing the jurisdiction fight and face the dire prospect of being shut down by the governor. Their only recourse is to solve the drug crimes while battling all kinds of comical obstacles, including local police, that hinder their investigation. SUPER TROOPERS has a few moments earning a chuckle, but little else to justify its production. However, young teens, who shouldn’t be in the R-rated theaters, and college campuses may provide some audience for this unfunny farce. The cops in the movie are generally dimwitted, finding it difficult to do much of anything substantive on the job. Of course, that’s part of the comedy, but the filmmakers cross the line with a scene that depicts the troopers roaming around a town at night, drinking alcohol while driving their squad car, and engaging in some petty vandalism. It is simply just hard to believe that any significant group of people would find drunk driving even remotely funny – particularly when done by police officers. The violence in the movie generally falls in the moderate slapstick category, although all of it is for comedic effect. Sexual content prevails, with some implied sex scenes, one in which female breast nudity occurs as a husband and wife appear prepared to engage in sex with multiple partners. Foul language is non-stop with 94 obscenities and 21 strong profanities. Frequent obscenities and crude sexual content earn SUPER TROOPERS our strongest warning.