Plot: An isolated stretch of Vermont, right on the border to Canada, is not exactly a hot spot when it comes to crime, so the local state troopers tend to get into mischief and pass the time with whatever silliness they can think up. But despite their best efforts to just hang out, sometimes crime does strike and in those instances, these troopers tend to bungle the situation, to be kind. And with budget cuts looming, the troopers could be out of the work as the state chooses between keeping the state troopers or the local police department. This throws gasoline on an already intense rivalry, which only intensifies when a corpse is discovered and points toward a hidden drug trade. But can the troopers somehow manage to actually do some police work and save their jobs, or will they goof things up, like always?
Entertainment Value: This ridiculous saga of a bunch of hapless losers would become a cult favorite and one of the most quoted movies around, leading to a series of films from the Broken Lizard troupe. While Super Troopers found a devoted audience in the stoners of the world, the movie has appeal beyond that demographic and doesn’t fall into most of the usual “stoner movie” tropes. The offbeat and often random sense of humor has held up well over the years and remains quite effective, with colorful characters and some outlandish scenarios. Farva is the kind of character that will be immortal, just the vision of boorish asshole you love to hate, regardless of what generation you happen to be a member of. The Broken Lizard crew has great chemistry of course, which makes the banter top notch and the sense of friendship and/or rivalry all the more authentic, so this is a true ensemble piece. Some of the jokes fizzle, but that is bound to happen in any comedy, especially one that has this many jokes and takes as many risks, with eclectic and bold attempts to earn laughs. I found Super Troopers to be a lot fun when it was first released and I think time has been kind to this off the wall comedy, so it remains a fun, over the top experience.
The movie sometimes feels like an old school raunchy comedy, but there’s just one topless scene, some bare man ass, and brief male full frontal, so not much in the sleaze department. There is a scene with simulated sex between a man and a fake bear however, which is always fun. No blood. This one has some mild, comedic violence, but never dives into bloodshed. This makes sense, as the movie is driven by silliness and not the grittier, darker side of police work. The dialogue is quite memorable and as I said before, Super Troopers would become a much quoted picture, thanks in large part to the cat game sequence. For a while, putting meow into random spots in a conversation was all the rage, but there’s more to this movie than the cat game when it comes to wild, memorable lines. The one liners are fast and furious, driven by characters over story, which I think helps them land more often, since these characters are all pretty colorful and fun to watch. As for craziness, Super Troopers has some wackiness to be sure, but never goes balls deep into madness.
Overall Insanity: 5/10