Super Troopers

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Not to be confused with Super Trouper or Super Trooper.
Super Troopers
Supertrooper.jpg
Theatrical film poster
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Produced by Richard Perello
Written by Broken Lizard
Starring Jay Chandrasekhar
Kevin Heffernan
Steve Lemme
Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
Brian Cox
Marisa Coughlan
Music by .38 Special
The Unband
Cinematography Joaquín Baca-Asay
Edited by Jay Chandrasekhar
Jacob Craycroft
Kevin Heffernan
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • January 19, 2001 (2001-01-19) (Sundance)
  • February 15, 2002 (2002-02-15)

(North America)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,260,000[1][2]
Box office $23,182,223

Super Troopers is a 2001 comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, written by and starring the Broken Lizard comedy group (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske and Paul Soter). Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brian Cox co-star while Lynda Carter has a cameo appearance. In total, Fox Searchlight paid $3.25 million for distribution rights of the film[3] and grossed $23.1 million at the box office.

Plot[edit]

The film takes place in the fictional town of Spurbury, Vermont, near the Canadian border. It centers on five Vermont State Troopers: Arcot "Thorny" Ramathorn, MacIntyre "Mac" Womack, Jeff Foster, the rookie Robert "Rabbit" Roto, and the perpetually suspended troublemaker Rodney "Rod" Farva. The troopers are informed by their captain John O'Hagan that the governor is planning to close a trooper station and that they are on the short list to be eliminated. To compound matters, the local Spurbury Police Department despises the troopers and impedes their work.

The troopers nearly start a fistfight with the local police in a diner. Later on, both Spurbury police and the troopers are called to an abandoned RV on the highway. Inside they find a dead woman with a tattoo of a cartoon chimp on her back and a wild hog. The local police goad the troopers into a brawl about who has jurisdiction over the scene. Thorny gives the local police the lead after neither side wants to deal with the hog. At a traffic stop later that day, Mac and Foster get themselves trapped in a semi-trailer and discover 130 kilos of marijuana. The troopers also notice the drugs have the same cartoon chimp on them as the dead woman's tattoo and O'Hagan grudgingly asks Spurbury Police Chief Grady for his help with the case, which Grady refuses to give.

That evening, Foster secretly meets up with Spudbury Police Officer Ursula Hanson and they have sex inside the RV at the Spurbury impound. While inside they discover a hidden stash containing more bricks of marijuana and the same cartoon chimp sticker, which they decide to keep a secret. Meanwhile, Rabbit takes a Porsche out for a joyride and is busted by Farva. O'Hagan suspends Rabbit and is forced to put Farva back on patrol. Foster takes a brick of weed to the troopers and informs them of the stash, which O'Hagan plans to use to boost his position with the governor by displaying another large seizure of pot.

Farva and Thorny go out on patrols, while Mac and Foster dress as truckers and take the seized semi-truck to local truck stops to try and learn more about the drugs they seized. During lunch, Farva snaps and attacks a fast food worker, leading to his arrest by the local police. They strip him and forcibly shower him before dusting him in powdered sugar to humiliate him. He is then approached by Chief Grady, who offers him a local police job in exchange for information on the troopers. Farva refuses and is released back to the troopers, where O'Hagan demotes him to cleaning lady. O'Hagan is informed that Farva's incident is the last straw and the station will be getting shut down. With nothing to lose, the troopers plan to steal the drug stash from the RV to present to the governor and bolster their image. Chief Grady beats them to it, staging a photo op with the drugs and sealing the troopers' fate.

That evening, the troopers get drunk in their station house after learning they are out of jobs. They find Farva in the locker room in a Spurbury police uniform and become enraged, handcuffing him to a toilet and stealing his uniform and police car. The troopers take the car out for a joyride, menacing the locals and vandalizing Chief Grady's house before they spot the driver of the semi-truck full of drugs speeding by. They attempt to follow when Farva arrives in his car and detains them. They convince him to follow the truck and they arrive at a local airstrip where they discover Chief Grady and the local police are running protection for the drug smugglers. Using Farva's car as a distraction, the troopers bust up the smugglers and arrest everyone.

Despite this victory, the trooper station is closed by the governor. Three months later, Thorny and Rabbit are working as delivery men for a brewery when they arrive at a party to deliver a keg. Inside the party they reveal themselves instead to be Spurbury police officers and bust up the party with the help of Mac, Foster, Ursula and Farva.

Cast[edit]

State Troopers
  • Brian Cox as Captain John O'Hagan, Commander of the Vermont State Troopers.
  • Jay Chandrasekhar as Lieutenant Arcot "Thorny" Ramathorn, Second-in-Command of the Troopers.
  • Paul Soter as Trooper Jeff Foster.
  • Steve Lemme as Trooper MacIntyre "Mac" Womack, the prankster of the group.
  • Erik Stolhanske as Trooper Robert "Rabbit" Roto, a rookie State Trooper.
  • Kevin Heffernan as Trooper Rodney "Rod" Farva, dispatcher and former field Trooper who was demoted after an incident with a school bus.
Spurbury Police
  • Daniel von Bargen as Captain Bruce Grady, Commander of the Spurbury Police Department.
  • Marisa Coughlan as Officer Ursula Hanson, dispatcher and only female officer.
  • James Grace as Officer Jim Rando, the brute of the SPD.
  • Michael Weaver as Officer Sam Smy, an arrogant and chauvinistic officer.
  • Dan Fey as Officer Jack Burton, a quiet and dim-witted officer.
Other cast

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

"Local Cop" scenes were filmed mainly in the city of Beacon, New York, and the "Highway Cop" scenes were filmed on New York State Route 117 and the Taconic State Parkway both in Westchester County, New York in the towns of Ossining and Briarcliff Manor, and the nearby Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The syrup chugging scene was filmed in M's Cozy Corner located in Fishkill, which later was replaced by a pharmacy, which closed in 2007 due to flooding. The opening scene involving the white Mazda Miata as well as the famous "Drop Kick" scene were shot at a tavern called The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh. The Winnebago fight scene was filmed on the Lime Kiln Road extension near Interstate 84 in East Fishkill. The scene where Rabbit takes the Porsche out for a joyride was filmed on New York State Route 117. The second part to this scene when Farva sees him while he's at the gas station eating a hotdog was filmed in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The reception scene was filmed at the Villa Borghese (a catering hall) in Wappingers Falls, near Poughkeepsie. The Dimpus Burger (aka "liter of cola") scene was filmed at the Burger King off of Route 9 at Vassar Road. It still exists as of October 2013.

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received mixed reviews from critics; dubbed a classic by some and panned by others. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 35% approval rating among critics,[4] while Metacritic, another aggregate review website, gives it a metascore of 48 out of 100,[5] which, according to the website's rating system, scores as Mixed or average reviews. Film critic Roger Ebert awarded the film 2½ stars out of 4, saying "I can't quite recommend it — it's too patched together — but I almost can; it's the kind of movie that makes you want to like it".[6]

Overall, the film grossed $18,492,362 in the United States and $23,182,223 worldwide.[7]

Despite mixed reviews, Super Troopers perseveres as a cult-classic of the comedy genre with an 90% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes[8] and continues to enjoy widespread appeal among young adult audiences.

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. Trooper With an Attitude - 38 Special
  2. Geez Louise - The Unband
  3. Shoot First, Run Like Hell - Nashville Pussy
  4. Pass the Hatchet - Southern Culture on the Skids
  5. Big Bear - Steak
  6. Cheap Motels - Southern Culture on the Skids
  7. Cannot One Night Stand It (Anymore) - Jack Grace Band
  8. Bad Apples - Royal Fingerbowl
  9. Bidibodi Bidibu - The Bubbles
  10. Wrong Side of a Gun - Nashville Pussy
  11. Corn Rocket, The - Southern Culture on the Skids
  12. King of the Mountain - Southern Culture on the Skids
  13. Worm Farm - Jack Grace Band
  14. Second to the Bottle - Steak
  15. Pink Slip - The Unband
  16. Who's the King (You Know That's Me) - Joseph Henry[9]

Awards[edit]

In 2001 Super Troopers was one of three winners of the Audience Award for "Midnight Film" at the South by Southwest Film Festival, along with Lady Porn and Wave Twisters.

Sequel[edit]

At the 2006 Comic-Con Convention in San Diego, California, Broken Lizard revealed that a prequel for the film was in the works which would take place in the 1970s and follow the fathers of the main characters in the original film.[10] Jay Chandreskhar told Rotten Tomatoes, "The joke is that we'll make it Super Troopers '76, set during the bicentennial." "We'll have a little shaggier hair and mustaches...We might do it, I don't know. That movie has sort of a special place in a lot of people's hearts, so all we can do is mess it up."[11]

However, in a January 2009 interview with MovieWeb.com, Paul Soter and Jay Chandrasekhar revealed that the movie would be a sequel. Chandrasekhar stated "We pick up the story essentially right where we left off. Maybe about three months later. We are all working undercover for the lumber industry. What has happened is that there are all of these eco-terrorists that are trying to blow up the lumber mills. And we are there working as security."[12] Soter added to that: "The big picture is that we are on the Canadian Border. And in reality, what has happened is that the government has found places where the markers were off, or wrong. And there are these areas of land that were thought to be Canada, but are actually part of the US. We are enlisted to patrol this area that was always thought to be Canadian soil. But no, it is actually the United States. We are enlisted because they have to send someone there to help make it part of the US territory now. We get recruited to be the highway patrolmen there. And we are surrounded by all of these Canadian people that aren't happy about this. We essentially have to impose US law on a bunch of Canadians that aren't at all happy about it."

In November 2009, Broken Lizard revealed that they had finished three drafts of the sequel's screenplay and that independent financiers had agreed to finance the movie. They also revealed that the character of Captain O'Hagan was part of the screenplay and that actor Brian Cox was planning on returning to the role.[13]

In April 2014, Super Troopers 2 was confirmed to have a script and is awaiting financing.[14]

In August 2014, during a Reddit AMA, Chandrasekhar said "Super Troopers 2 is looking very likely. We'll have an update in a couple of months", later revealing the project "is going to do a Kickstarter". [15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.earwolf.com/episode/immortal-mustache/
  2. ^ http://scenelouisiana.com/broken-lizard-talks-super-troopers-and-performing-live/2014/08/
  3. ^ Razlogova, Elena. Super Troopers, PopMatters, February 15, 2002. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Super Troopers, Rotten Tomatoes.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-23.
  5. ^ Super Troopers, Metacritic.com. Retrieved on 2009-03-23.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger. Super Troopers, Chicago Sun-Times, February 15, 2002. Accessed April 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "Super Troopers (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  8. ^ Super Troopers, Rotten Tomatoes.com. Retrieved on 2011-07-03.
  9. ^ "Super Troopers Soundtrack CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 2002-02-12. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  10. ^ "News from Comic Con: Super Troopers 2 is on!". Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  11. ^ "Forget "Dukes of Hazzard 2" -- Is "Super Troopers 2" On Tap for Broken Lizard?". Rotten Tomatoes. August 14, 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  12. ^ Christensen III, Paulington James (January 4, 2009). "EXCLUSIVE: Broken Lizard Unveil Their Plans for Super Troopers 2". MovieWeb.com. Retrieved 13 July 2009. 
  13. ^ Dance, Michael (November 12, 2009). "Exclusive: Super Troopers 2 Updates & Cast Involvement". MovieCultists.com. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  14. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/04/24/super-troopers-2-a-go
  15. ^ http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2fhysh/i_am_jay_chandrasekhar_joined_by_sarah_chalke/

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