Review: Super Troopers (2001)


Hey, I think I’ve seen this before, and done much better!

Written By: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter & Erik Stolhanske
Directed By: Jay Chandrasekhar

I realize that it came a few years after Super Troopers, but Reno 911! has spoiled me as far as satirical and funny cop based media goes. As I was watching Super Troopers I couldn’t help but repeatedly think it would have been oodles funnier in the hands of Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant or Kerri Kenney. Maybe it’s just me, but I like my farcical humor to be funny, and while something like Reno 911! is consistently hilarious, Super Troopers was sporadically funny at best. It may be unfair because Reno 911! had numerous templates in place for their show and subsequent movie, but I don’t find that to be the case. Super Troopers could have been funny, but it wasn’t, because it wasn’t funny, simple as that.

Why wasn’t Super Troopers funny? You know that guy at a party who tells terrible jokes but laughs at every single one of them? That is Super Troopers, it trots out some terrible jokes, and believes that if the characters laugh at the jokes then the audience will as well. The characters in Super Troopers can laugh as much as they want, the bad jokes in the movie aren’t getting any funnier.

It’s sort of sad, because there were moments where I was laughing at Super Troopers, but those moments were few and far between. I don’t want to sound super harsh in my critique of Super Troopers, but I expect my comedies to make me laugh, and Super Troopers failed to accomplish that laughter more often than not. If you are looking for a raunchy cop based movie that will make you laugh then check out Reno 911!: Miami and the accompanying TV show Reno 911!, but don’t waste your time with Super Troopers, it’s not as funny as people would lead you to believe.




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