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Super Troopers
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Produced by Richard Johnson III
Written by Jay Chandrasekhar
Kevin Heffernan
Steve Lemme
Paul Soter
Erik Stolhanske
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
Editing by Jay Chandrasekhar
Jacob Craycroft
Kevin Heffernan
Distributed by Fox Searchlight
Release date(s) January 19, 2001 at Sundance Film Festival
February 15, 2002 in theaters
Running time 103 minutes
Language English
Budget $1,200,000

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, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske). 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[1] and grossed $18.5 million at the box office.

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Plot

The plot centers on five Vermont state troopers who seem to have more of a knack for pranks than actual police work. Most of their time is spent devising new ways of messing with the heads of the people they pull over and hazing the new recruit, "Rabbit". They also find time to torment their easily infuriated radio dispatcher, Rodney Farva, who has been exiled from patrol work because he was involved in a fight with several students during a (potentially questionable and dubious) traffic stop of a schoolbus, which is later revealed during the credits. Their days of pranking and slacking off are cut short when the troopers suddenly find themselves attempting to solve a murder, bust a drug-smuggling ring, and avoid having their post eliminated by the state's impending budget cut — resulting in their transfer, or quitting and opening up a roller disco.

The troopers have an ongoing rivalry with the local city, Spurbury, police department and constantly have fights with them ("highway cops versus the local cops"); one such dispute breaks out into an all-out fistfight, further increasing the station's chances of being shut down. The rivalry eventually results in the governor's (Lynda Carter) praise for the efforts of the Spurbury PD, who had managed to keep one step ahead of the state police by making their department appear responsible for the confiscation of the smuggled drugs. Defeated, the defrocked troopers unexpectedly stumble upon the scheme in which the local police are running protection for the aforementioned drug smugglers. The film's epilogue finds the highway post still eliminated due to the budget cuts; however, the troopers become the new officers of the Spurbury PD (replacing their presumably incarcerated corrupt predecessors) and thus free to continue their shenanigans in and around their jurisdiction.

Cast

State Troopers
  • Jay Chandrasekhar as Lieutenant Arcot "Thorny" Ramathorn, a veteran of the Vermont State Police who is the second-in-command of his barracks. Although he is the most serious of the field officers in his station, he has no inhibitions against bending the rules and playing pranks if he knows they will not result in any serious repercussions. He is in an open relationship with his son's mother Bobbi, who owns a head shop. At one point, they swing with a German couple in the troopers' custody for auto theft. His ethnicity remains a point of confusion and humor for the others who confuse him for a Mexican, Arab-American and an African-American rather than the Indian-American that he is.
  • Paul Soter as Jeff Foster, arguably the most calm and reserved trooper of the force. He engages in a relationship with a Spurbury Police officer, Ursula, during the movie and, with her help, ultimately uncovers the corruption of the other Spurbury PD officers. He is often mocked by his coworkers for his inability to grow a moustache.
  • Steve Lemme as MacIntyre "Mac" Womack, the trooper who enjoys pranks the most. He is called a "sick mother fucker" by Captain O'Hagen because of the extremes to which he is willing to go. Mac is also the most expressive of the troopers, whether verbally ridiculing Farva for his lame tricks or nearly taking out his anger over the closing of the station through violence against Foster. Mac is the proud owner of a costume that looks like a hunter having sex with a bear.
  • Erik Stolhanske as Robert "Rabbit" Roto, the newest addition to the force. He is partnered with Lt. Ramathorn until he is caught speeding in a car confiscated as stolen property and temporarily relegated to dispatch; however, he is later reinstated due to another trooper's actions. He is often accused by Farva of knowing more about drugs than he should and is accused of having toured with the Grateful Dead when he was younger. Although the new guy and rookie of the team, Rabbit is noticeably more accepted by and welcome in the group by the others than Farva, a source of contention with the latter.
  • Kevin Heffernan as Rodney "Rod" Farva, a fat, loud, obnoxious and arrogant radio operator. He is almost always under suspension from field work, relegated to perennial dispatch, due to his inability to control his anger. His pranks (shenanigans) are often described as "cruel and tragic" rather than "cheeky and fun" making them not simply "shenanigans", but "evil shenanigans" and is quick to use vulgarity when dealing with an elderly couple (who were played by the actors parents and didn't know exactly what he was going to say), believing that is the kind of behavior the other troopers display on traffic stops. He advocates the naming of his patrol car with Ramathorn as "Car RamRod."
  • Brian Cox as Captain John O'Hagen, the commander of his Vermont State Trooper barracks. He acts as a mentor to his troopers and tries his best to keep the station from being cut from the budget. He is a two-time boxing champion in the Navy and is derided by Farva for his choice in dress as wearing a "Canadian Tuxedo", an outfit made completely from denim. Brian Cox is also the only actor to play a trooper who is not a member of the Broken Lizard troupe.
Spurbury Police
  • Daniel von Bargen as Police Chief Bruce Grady
  • Marisa Coughlan as Officer Ursula Hanson
  • James Grace as Officer Rando
  • Micheal Weave as Officer Smy
  • Dan Fey as Officer Burton

Other cast (in order of appearance)[2]

Filming

"Local Cop" scenes were mainly filmed in the City of Beacon, 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, with Rockefeller State Park Preserve, which runs parallel, used as well. The syrup chugging scene was filmed in M's Cozy Corner located in Fishkill, NY which has since closed and been replaced by a pharmacy. The pharmacy closed in 2007 due to flooding.[3] The opening scene involving the white Mazda Miata was shot at a pub called the Golden Rail in Newburgh, NY. The bar is located right off New York State Route 32 (North Plank Road) and is not far from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge and the Town of Fishkill and the City of Beacon - where other scenes were also shot for the film. The reception scene was filmed at the Villa Borghese (a catering hall) in Wappingers Falls, NY, near Poughkeepsie, NY.

Critical reception

The film has received mixed reviews from critics, greeted warmly by some and panned by others. Aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes scores only 35%[4] positive reviews 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]

Soundtrack

  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

[8]

Awards

In 2001 Super Troopers won the Audience Award at the South By South West Film Competition. The movie tied with Lady Porn (2001) and Wave Twisters (2001).[9]

Sequel

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 were 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]

References

  1. ^ Razlogova, Elena. Super Troopers, PopMatters, February 15, 2002. Accessed November 13, 2008.
  2. ^ "Full cast and crew for Super Troopers". IMDb. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247745/fullcredits#cast. Retrieved June 14, 2009.  
  3. ^ "Movie Production Notes: Super Troopers". http://wduv.com/common/movies/notes/28259-1-full.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30.  
  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. Box Office Mojo. Accessed 23 November, 2008. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=supertroopers.htm.
  8. ^ [1], CD Universe Accessed November 20, 2008
  9. ^ Internet Movie Database.
  10. ^ "News from Comic Con: Super Troopers 2 is on!". http://www.moviehole.net/news/20060724_news_from_comic_con_super_troo.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30.  
  11. ^ "Forget "Dukes of Hazzard 2" -- Is "Super Troopers 2" On Tap for Broken Lizard?". Rotten Tomatoes. August 14, 2006. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/news/comments/?entryid=353938. Retrieved 2009-03-23.  
  12. ^ Christensen III, Paulington James (January 4th, 2009). "EXCLUSIVE: Broken Lizard Unveil Their Plans for Super Troopers 2". MovieWeb.com. http://www.movieweb.com/news/NEbHKkbdOmvdef. Retrieved 13 July 2009.  
  13. ^ Dance, Michael (November 12th, 2009). "Exclusive: Super Troopers 2 Updates & Cast Involvement". MovieCultists.com. http://moviecultists.com/2009/11/12/exclusive-super-troopers-2-updates-cast-involvement/. Retrieved 17 November 2009.  

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Super Troopers is a 2002 comedy film about bored highway patrol officers in a remote part of Vermont.

Written and directed by Broken Lizard.
Altered State Police taglines

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Mac

  • YOU BOYS LIKE MEX-E-CO?!?! YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
  • (Cross-eyed and with slight lisp) Do we look like the two dumbest guys in the world to you? Is that why you treat us with such disrespect?
  • GOOD ENOUGH TO FUCK YOUR MOTHER!!!!!!!!
  • You're gonna feel a little pinch
  • One... Two... Three... Do It!
  • Evil Shenanigans (in high squeaky voice with hand motions)
  • Don't forget to cup the balls.
  • And that was the second time I got crabs.

Farva

  • I guess that's it for the old locker. She stinks like ass but I'll still miss her. I guess you could say that about all my girls.
  • How's it going Denim Dan? You look like the president, chairman, and CEO of Levi Straus. Hey where'd you get the Canadian tuxedo?
  • License and registration ... CHICKEN FUCKER! BIQAKKKK!
  • Stop calling me radio, unit 91!
  • Who wants cream? Anybody? Ok, no cream
  • WAIT, that one is Rabbit's. (Rabbit replies: Oh look, a bar of soap.) oh shit, I got you good you fucker!
  • I'm all highway!
  • No, its powdered sugar................Its delicious!
  • I'm not even going to dignify myself with a response to that.
  • Does that look like spit to you? Ah, fuck it!
  • Can I get a litre o' cola?
  • Liter is French for give me some fuckin' cola or I'll break vous fuckin' lips!!!!
  • I don't want a large Farva. I want a goddamn liter o' cola!
  • [when he pulls the sweepstakes ticket off of his cup and finds a hole] Dammit, you burger punk! You son of a bitch!
  • I just lost a buck...to myself!
  • What the crap, how come nobody called me?
  • Capt, you know I'm not a pro-union guy.
  • THAT'S MY CAR! THAT'S MY GIRL!
  • Hey there Charlie's Angel.
  • Hey there, dirty dogs! Did I miss the song? Sing it again, rookie biotch!!
  • Open bar dude!
  • I gotta bust criminals! It's what I gotta do!

Foster

  • What size cells are these? Eight by eight? Ours are nine by nine... no big deal.
  • You killed my dummy.
  • It might have been my sixth, or even my seventh sense.
  • Because you crapped on my heart!
  • oh,Biker... I'm an idiot. [when Foster realizes that he misunderstood Ursula's disguise suggestion]

Rabbit

  • You are freakin' out....man.
  • I . . . guess I'll go take a shower then . . .
  • See if they got any of those chocolate bananas...Foster?
  • [After Thorny says, "You smell somethin', Rabbit?"] *Sniffs* Fear.
  • What, are you gonna light my ass on fire?
  • [After Thorny says, "Why don't you hop up on Uncle Rabbit's lap?"] I don't think that's such a good idea

Thorny

  • (slow voice) Mother of God.
  • Who wants a moustache ride?
  • I am all that is MAN!
  • OH, this little guy? I wouldn't worry about this little guy.
  • It stinks like sex in here
  • Where you boys heading.....Canada Eh....Almost made it
  • What? They can't lump us in with that fuckin' Martian.

Captain O'Hagen

  • I swear to God, I'll pistol whip the next guy who says "shenanigans"!
  • Sorry about that, Bruce. These boys get that syrup in 'em, they get all antsy in their pantsy.
  • I'll believe ya when me shit turns purple and smells like rainbow sherbet.
  • That's it, you're off the road, never again. [Sir, it was not my fault!] And neither was the God-damn school bus! There was a time when we'd take a guy like you out back and beat you with a hose. Now you've got your God-damned unions.
  • Drunk enough to kick your ass!
  • [About Farva, realizing he has betrayed O'Hagen and the others] We shoulda took him out back and shot him a long time ago.
  • Of *course* they started the fight! Now they've taken a jurisdictional grievance against us! I mean a murder on the highway! And you give them the investigation! Christ! We look like a bunch of pussies!
  • I invented this gag, Rabbit! Only in my day, the rookie got naked! [Fires the pistol he is holding at a State Police cruiser, shattering a window] And we also used blanks...You're a sick motherfucker, Mack.

Dialogue

Rabbit: Oh look, a bar of soap.
Farva: Oh ho ho, Shit I got you good you fucker!
Mac:(with mocking voice and fake lisp) Awesome prank Farva.

Foster: Aw, Mac, you fucker!
Mac: Gree-tings. (Laughs) You guys are too slow.
Foster: You killed my dummy.
Thorny: Mac, now I'm going to pay you. But I shouldn't, 'cause I knew it was you the whole time.
Mac: Aw, Thorny, don't lie in front of the rookie. It sets a bad example.

Thorny: Foster, where are your shoes?
Foster: What, are you the shoe police now?
Thorny: I am, and you owe me 20 laps around the bar. Lets go.
Foster: Your black magic only works on the rookie.
Thorny: That's brown magic.

O'Hagen: I just got off the phone with Tom McCardle From the budget committee. This thing with Farva screwed our pooch.
Thorny: What? They can't lump us in with that fuckin' Martian.
O'Hagen: We're all in the same boat, fellas.
Mac: But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun.
Thorny: Yeah, his shenanigans are cruel and tragic.
Foster: Which wouldn't make them shenanigans, at all, really.
Mac: (Irish voice) Evil shenanigans!
O'Hagen: I swear to God, I'll pistol whip the next guy that says 'shenanigans!'
Mac: Hey Farva, what's the name of that restaurant you like with all the goofy shit on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?
Farva: You mean Shenanigans's?
Mac, Foster and Thorny: Oh, no! (Laughing) (Mac hands O'Hagen his gun.)
Farva: You're talking about Shenanigans's, right?
O'Hagen: Put those away!

Police Chief Grady: I'm sorry about that delousing. Just standard procedure.
Farva: It's powdered sugar.
Police Chief Grady: The lice ... hate the sugar. So anyway ...
Farva: [Interrupting] It's delicious.
Police Chief Grady: Good, good...

Mac: Come in Radio.
Farva: Don't call me Radio, Unit 91.
Mac: Don't call me Unit 91, Radio.
Farva: ...Are we done?
Mac: Yeah okay Radio. We got a suspicious vehicle, White Caprice, Vermont Plates, Tijuana, Gringo, Oner, Fiver, Zero
Farva: Roger, checking...Unit 91 that license plate belongs to a local Spurburry police vehicle.
Mac: It does?! OH MY GOD!!!
Farva: ...Very funny 91.

Thorny: Son do you know why I pulled you over?
Driver: Uhhh...
Thorny: Littering and... Littering and... Littering and... [the rest of the car joins in, cauisng the kid in the back to freak out from the echoes] smoking the reefer. [holds up bag of marijuana]
Driver: Oh, officer, that's not ours.
Kid in back: [deep groan] Candy bars.
Thorny: Now to teach you boys a lesson, me and officer Rabbit are going to stand here while you boys smoke the whole bag.
Kid in Back: Please, no.
Rabbit: Please, yes.

German Man: I'm sorry officer for the speeding violation, I'm so used to driving on the autobahn.
German Woman: Ich finde er sieht wie Shaun Cassidy aus. [I think he looks like Shaun Cassidy.]
German Man: Ja, das finde ich auch, yummi yummi. [I think so too, yummi yummi.]
Rabbit: Do you know why I pulled you over?
German Man: Because we were going way too fast.
Rabbit: Ja.
German Man: Ja. Well the thing is I cannot afford to have another ticket on mein Porsche. Is there something I could do for you, or perhaps something my wife could do? Perhaps there is something you would like to do to her?
German Woman: Is there maybe something you would like me to do to you? Or maybe something you would like to do to me? Hmm?
German Woman: Maybe some hard spanking und cuffing is in order.

Passenger: You didn't eat both those bags did you!
Kid in back: [mouth full of shrooms] Call Guinness!

Farva: Give me a double bacon cheeseburger.
Dimpus Burger Guy: [into microphone] Double baco cheeseburger. It's for a cop.
Farva: What the hell's that all about? You gonna spit in it now?
Dimpus Burger Guy: No, I just told him that so he makes it good. [into microphone] Don't spit in that cop's burger.
Farva:' Yeah, thanks.
Second Dimpus Guy: Roger, holding the spit.

Dimpus Burger Guy: Uhh, right. Beverage?
Farva: Gimme a liter o' cola
Dimpus Burger Guy: (into the mic) Liter Cola? Do we sell Liter Cola?
Thorny: Will you just order a large, Farva.
Farva: I don't want a large Farva. I want a goddamn liter o' cola!
Dimpus Burger Guy: (to Farva) I don't know what that is!
Farva: (enraged and grabbing the Dimpus Burger Guy) Liter is french for give me my fuckin' cola before I break vous fuckin' lip!

Rabbit: Wait, so the local cops are selling Afghany grass to the Canadians? Assholes.
Thorny: No Rabbit, it's coming in from Canada.
Rabbit: Ah! Canadian grass. (nods) Assholes.
Thorny: The local mothers are running protection for 'em.
Rabbit: Oh. I guess I'm the asshole then...

Cat game

[Foster and Mac have pulled a man over for speeding and are deciding what game to play]

Mac: All right, how about "Cat Game?"
Foster: Cat Game? What's the record?
Mac: Thorny did six, but I think you can do ten.
Foster: Ten? Starting right 'meow?'

[Mac laughs - they walk up to the car, and Foster taps on the driver side]

Larry Johnson: Sorry about the...
Foster: All right meow. Hand over your license and registration.

[the man hands him his license]

Foster: Your registration? Hurry up meow.

[Mac ticks off two fingers]

Larry Johnson: Sorry.

[the man laughs a little]

Foster: Is there something funny here boy?
Larry Johnson: Oh, no.
Foster: Then why you laughing, Mister... Larry Johnson?

[pause]

Foster: All right meow, where were we?
Larry Johnson: Excuse me, are you saying meow?
Foster: Am I saying meow?

[Mac puts his hands up for the fourth one, but makes an "eehhh" facial expression, as he is considering the last one]

Larry Johnson: I thought...
Foster: Don't think boy. Meow, do you know how fast you were going?

[man laughs]

Foster: Meow what is so damn funny?
Larry Johnson: I could have sworn you said meow.
Foster: Do I look like a cat to you, boy? Am I jumpin' around all nimbly bimbly from tree to tree?

[Mac is gut-busting laughing]

Foster: Am I drinking milk from a saucer?

[feigned anger]

Foster: Do you see me eating mice?
Foster: [Mac and the man are laughing their heads off now] You stop laughing right meow!
Larry Johnson: [Stops and swallows hard] Yes sir.
Foster: Meow, I'm gonna have to give you a ticket on this one. No buts meow. It's the law.

[rips off the ticket and hands it to the man]

Foster: Not so funny meow, is it?
Foster: [Foster gets up to leave, but Mac shakes his hands at him, indicating only nine meows] Meow!
Thorny:[After pulling over high kids] Where you boys heading?
High Kid: We're going to Canada for some french fries and gravy.
Thorny: Canada, eh?...Almost made it.

Taglines

  • Altered State Police
  • It's their highway. You're just driving on it.
  • You don't mess with the law. The law messes with you.

Cast

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