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April 01, 2007

Movies: Super Troopers

Super Troopers
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Screenplay by Jay Chandrasekhar Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter
Starring Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Paul Soter, Brian Cox

You can view the trailer here: Trailer

Super Troopers is a comedy about the “exciting” lives of Vermont State Troopers.  Yes, I know what your thinking, the lives of state troopers, especially in an uneventful state such as Vermont, seems like an incredibly boring occupation.  And don’t get me wrong.  I completely agree but somehow Super Troopers makes this lackluster job of a highway patrol officer seem exciting, fun, and even desirable.  The four state troopers Rabbit (Stolhanske), Ramathorn (Chandrasekhar), Womack (Lemme), and Foster (Soter) pull hilarious pranks on one another and also the helpless victims that they pull over on their highway.  This humor is accompanied by the idiocy of Officer Farva (Heffernan) who could possibly one of the dumbest yet most entertaining characters created in cinema.  The shenanigans that the officers frequently pull, however, also come with consequences and eventually their jobs are in jeopardy of being lost to the local police officers.  Besides the hilarious pranks, the movie is also about the state troopers trying to maintain their jobs with the guidance of their hard-ass father-like captain, John O’Haggan (Cox).  Can the fun loving super troopers step up their game to not be replaced by the local cops?  I can’t tell you but I can assure you that you’ll have fun finding out.

The writers of Super Troopers are also known as “Broken Lizard” the name of their production company.  These five guys are simply friends who enjoy having a good time and understand humor.  They managed to make the lackluster life of a state trooper seem full of excitement and fun.  This is thanks to the cleverness in their pranks and the dialogue.  Unfortunately, however, their talented writing is not portrayed on the screen.  All of the writers with the exception of Kevin Hefferman are just average if not below average actors.  They should stick to the writing and find better talented actors to do the acting. 

Hefferman, however, should continue whatever it is that he is doing.  He plays a character comparably to the likes of Will Ferrell in Old School and Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers.  If Super Troopers had more actors like Hefferman, I would consider it a comedic classic but because the writers chose to star in their own film I can’t give them this recognition but I will most definitely recommend this comedy for its uncontrollable laughs throughout.

Posted by vatran at April 1, 2007 04:08 PM


One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I dont think the acting is that bad... I feel like it fits the movie well.

Posted by: diamantj at April 19, 2007 11:29 AM

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