Sunday, 16 December 2012

Super Troopers (2001)

A bunch of small town state troopers deal with the incredible boredom that plagues working in the middle of a place free from any real crime, and also face the prospect of their office being closed because of the lack of a real need for them.

Apparently not a massive success (but by no means a flop) when it first hit cinemas, Super Troopers took on a cult following in recent years thanks to the abundance of one liners and stoner-style comedy. Think Hot Fuzz meets Clerks.

It's by no means a great movie, but it's a good laugh and some of the more out there gags are worth enduring the slightly shit story. But, it's a comedy, so the story only exists as something you need to hang the jokes on and it makes a good jokerack. The comedy highlight is definitely anything that involves the troopers pulling someone over. The pranks and games they play between themselves showcase the talent the group behind the film (Broken Lizard) have for sketch and standup comedy. You could built a solid, solid sketch series around the troopers' antics.

There isn't really too much to say about Super Troopers. It's had massively mixed critical reception, tending to hover around 50% approval on every meta-critic site on the internet. You'll either love it for the humour or think it's just a bit shit. You might as well take a gamble on it though, it's only about 90 minutes anyway.

It introduced the word "Afghanistanimation" to my vocabulary too, which can't be a bad thing.

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