It’s been nearly 17 years since the Broken Lizard crew delivered the cult classic, Super Troopers, but as promised, they finally gave us a sequel. Although no studio was initially interested in taking on the risk of a 17-year-old cult comedy franchise, the Broken Lizard team was able to provide fans the movie through a historic crowdfunding effort.
Regardless of the team’s grassroots success with films like Super Troopers in 2001 and Beerfest in 2006, studios were unsure about Broken Lizard’s ability to sell tickets with an aged fan base. That didn’t stop them from offering their cult followers what they promised however. In 2015, they set up an Indiegogo campaign with the target of reaching $2 million. They were able to reach that goal within 26 hours, becoming one of Indigogo’s most successful campaigns ever. With $4.75 million donated, Super Troopers 2 was the second highest crowdfunded film ever, behind Veronica Mars at $5.7 million.
For Broken Lizard fans, Super Troopers 2 offers a lot of the same humor that has been expected from the team. With the same characters returning from the first film; Mac (Steve Lemme), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Foster (PaulSoter), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), and even Captain O’Hagan (Brian Cox) are up to their old shenanigans. Super Troopers 2 brings on some big-name stars to this mix this time as well with the likes of Seann William Scott, Damon Wayans Jr. and Rob Lowe.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it; Super Troopers 2 is nothing revolutionary. In fact, it is a fairly subpar comedy film. Per usual, the Chairgatin’ movie review scoring system consist of American flag recliners, which are good for obvious reasons, and fedoras which are bad, also for obvious reasons. 5 recliners represent the best and 5 fedoras represent the worst. I’m awarding Super Troopers 2 two and a half recliners; nothing special yet entertaining.
For the everyday moving goer, they may be slightly disappointed, as the reviews have been unfortunate. For the Super Troopers, and even Beerfest fans however, it will be an enjoyable experience. For the die-hard Broken Lizard fans that love Club Dread and even The Slammin Salmon, this will rank somewhere between the two. I would normally recommend waiting until it leaves theaters but because I have respect for what the Broken Lizard guys do, pay to see it in theaters and continue to support grassroots film makers like these guys.