|Directed by||Jay Chandrasekhar|
|Produced by||Richard Johnson III|
|Written by||Jay Chandrasekhar
|Music by||.38 Special
|Editing by||Jay Chandrasekhar
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight|
|Release date(s)||January 19, 2001 at Sundance Film
February 15, 2002 in theaters
|Running time||103 minutes|
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 and grossed $18.5 million at the box office.
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.
Other cast (in order of appearance)
"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. 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.
The film has received mixed reviews from critics, greeted warmly by some and panned by others. Aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes scores only 35% positive reviews while Metacritic, another aggregate review website, gives it a metascore of 48 out of 100, 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".
Overall, the film grossed $18,492,362 in the United States and $23,182,223 worldwide.
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. 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."
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." 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.
Super Troopers is a 2002 comedy film about bored highway patrol officers in a remote part of Vermont.
[Foster and Mac have pulled a man over for speeding and are deciding what game to play]
[Mac laughs - they walk up to the car, and Foster taps on the driver side]
[the man hands him his license]
[Mac ticks off two fingers]
[the man laughs a little]
[Mac puts his hands up for the fourth one, but makes an
"eehhh" facial expression, as he is considering the last
[Mac is gut-busting laughing]
[rips off the ticket and hands it to the man]