Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter, Erik Stolhanske
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
SUPER TROOPERS is a difficult film to do justice to when trying to layout the storyline and describe the kind of humour in words.
It’s about a small group of State Troopers who police a stretch of highway in Vermont in a very unusual way. They act more like a college fraternity giving the motorists hell and playing practical jokes on them when writing speeding tickets. They are also in direct competition with the local town’s police department who look as if they are going to win the Troopers budget and shut them down.
When a murder and a large drugs bust occurs on the highway they have a chance to prove themselves, but giving up their crazy antics takes too much self control.
There’s some glamour thrown in by Ursula (Marisa Coughlan), a policewoman in the local Spurbury police department who is the subject of one of the trooper’s desires and some unusual German car thieves.
Sure these kinds of fraternity pranks in any setting have been done before but in SUPER TROOPERS they really work. They are not overplayed and don’t try too hard to be funny. They just are funny; in fact I went into the screening with no expectancies at all and came out with a permanent smile having laughed all the way through. On top of that I kept thinking of funny scenes from the movie for a couple of days after seeing it and laughing to myself. If anyone saw me it must have looked very silly I know but it’s definitely the sign of a good movie. I thoroughly recommend SUPER TROOPERS if you just want to chill out and have a good laugh.