Super Troopers Review

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When the rival local police want to shut them down, a huge marijuana bust offers the chance for inept Vermont State Troopers to prove themselves to their put-upon chief.

★★★★

Teeming with energy and inventiveness, if somewhat unsophisticated, this feature debut of US comedy troupe Broken Lizard gleefully draws inspiration from the likes of Monty Python, Porky's, and Cheech And Chong. Thus it possesses a gag hit-rate that most gross-out comedies would kill for, even successfully handling bestiality.

The cast play inept Vermont State Troopers who are religiously dedicated to their jobs: playing tricks on unsuspecting drivers (the opening sequence with a bunch of stoners is a classic). When the rival local police want to shut them down, a huge marijuana bust offers the chance to prove themselves to their put-upon chief (a wonderful Brian Cox).

Thin plot aside, the running gag of harassing drivers keeps things uproariously funny. Unapologetically goofy and oddly sweet, this can genuinely lay claim to being one of the funniest films of 2001.

If you're on the wavelength, very funny indeed. An ode (and something of a handbook) to screwing around in the workplace.