Super Troopers

Super Troopers

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Cast: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter

     
 

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A handful of state troopers are put in the uncomfortable position of having to actually enforce the law in this high-spirited comedy. Mac (Steve Lemme), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Foster (Paul Stoter), and Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) are four Vermont state troopers whose dedication to duty is not exactly an inspiration to law enforcement officers everywhere. Stationed… See more details below

Overview

A handful of state troopers are put in the uncomfortable position of having to actually enforce the law in this high-spirited comedy. Mac (Steve Lemme), Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Foster (Paul Stoter), and Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) are four Vermont state troopers whose dedication to duty is not exactly an inspiration to law enforcement officers everywhere. Stationed in a small town near the Canadian border, the troopers don't have much to do, so they while away their hours smoking dope and harassing hapless motorists. Their superior officer, Capt. O'Hagan (Brian Cox), likes the boys and they try to keep their more outrageous antics out of his earshot, but they often run afoul of fellow trooper Farva (Kevin Heffernan), who insists on doing things by the book. When Governor Jessman (Lynda Carter) announces massive budget cuts for Vermont law enforcement personnel, things look bad for the troopers and they must quickly prove their worth or they'll be forced to look for real jobs. Appropriately enough, the troopers stumble upon some information regarding a group of marijuana dealers operating along the border; the guys figure this is just the sort of high-profile bust that could save their careers, but the police department of a nearby town gets wind of the troopers' plans. The Earlville police are no friends of the troopers, and they set out to ruin their moment of glory. Super Troopers was written by the five-man comedy troupe Broken Lizard, who also star as the five troopers; the group's leader, Jay Chandrasekhar, directed.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Super Troopers is a silly, slow-moving lowbrow comedy. Colgate University-spawned comedy troupe Broken Lizard work well together, but their script is full of flat jokes and gags that misfire, and the direction by troupe member Jay Chandrasekhar (who plays Thorny), stretches every one of these bits to the breaking point. The lazy pace of the film is oddly intriguing during a pre-credit sequence in which Thorny and Rabbit (Eric Stolhanske) harass a trio of stoned college kids. The scene's weird distention enhances the Kafkaesque quality of the humor. But things never really pick up, and it begins to seem like the guys just didn't have enough jokes to fill the film's running time. Why just throw away a gag about Mac (Steve Lemme) pointing his radar gun at his hand when he's masturbating in his squad car, when you can drag it out for a good minute-and-a-half? The Broken Lizard guys are better actors than they are writers, and Chandrasekhar in particular is surprisingly sympathetic. Veteran character actors Brian Cox (who played Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter) and Daniel Von Bargen (of TV's Malcolm in the Middle) do solid work. There's an original idea in here somewhere about bored cops whose attempts to pass the time devolve into anarchy. But the appealingly off-kilter premise and easy bonhomie are not enough to sustain a feature film.
San Francisco Chronicle
Super Troopers is more sophisticated than, say, American Pie 2, but they've still got the good sense to know you can't have a romp without a little raunch.
New York Post
Laugh-out-loud comedies are so rare that you shouldn't casually pass up Super Troopers, which is essentially a smarter and much funnier version of the old Police Academy flicks.... Super Troopers is just the ticket for the year's first don't-miss guilty pleasure at the movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2008
UPC:
0024543525943
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
19,406

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Chandrasekhar Thorny
Kevin Heffernan Farva
Steve Lemme Mac
Paul Soter Foster
Erik Stolhanske Rabbit
Brian Cox Capt. John O'Hagan
Daniel Von Bargen Chief Grady
Marisa Coughlan Ursula
Lynda Carter Gov. Jessman
John Bedford Lloyd Mayor Timber
Jim Gaffigan Larry Johnson

Technical Credits
Jay Chandrasekhar Director,Screenwriter
David Alvarez Sound/Sound Designer
Joaquin Baca-Asay Cinematographer
Melissa Bruning Costumes/Costume Designer
Jumbulingam Chandrasekhar Editor
Barry Cole Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Conable Production Designer
Christopher Covert Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacob Craycroft Editor
Johnny Hardesty Art Director
Kevin Heffernan Editor,Screenwriter
Fred Helm Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Lemme Screenwriter
Peter E. Lengyel Executive Producer
Broken Lizard Screenwriter
Jennifer McNamara Casting
Richard Perello Producer
Paul Soter Screenwriter
38 Special Score Composer
Erik Stolhanske Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director/co-writer/ actor jay Chandrasekhar and co-writer/actor Erik Stolhanske; Audio commentary by co-writers/actors Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme and Paul Soter; PiP commentary; Stupor Troopers: The Drinking Game; Outtakes and extended scenes (including alternate ending) with optional commentaries; Featurette; Road Trip News Wrap; Original theatrical trailer

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