Super TroopersWhen I saw the trailer for this movie last year, I said to myself, “Self, this is going to be dumb.”  I must be a psychic, because six months later, I see it and my prediction came true.  All the so-called funny scenes are in the trailer.  The kid eating the bags of pot and ‘shrooms, then freaking out when pulled over.  The fat guy guy jumping over the counter at the fast food joint.  This movie is long in running time and short on humor.  If a movie is funny, 103 minutes isn’t too bad.  If it licks gopher balls, 103 minutes sucks your will to live.  If the Police Academy movies would have continued on, THIS is what would have happened.

This is the story of the zany antics of the Vermont State Highway Patrol.  They’re always pulling pranks on each other and those they pull over.  Some are funny, and some are not even close…even though they’re meant to be funny.  Funny example: Exploiting the narcotic induced state of three stoned teenagers by pulling them over and repeating their questions.  Unfunny example:  Seeing how many times they can say “Meow” to someone they’ve pulled over. 

Things get more dramatic when state budget cuts may leave them unfunded and jobless, unless they beef up their image (ie: write more tickets, solve a big case, etc).  There’s also the cat and mouse game and competition with the local police force that make for great comedy like the spoof (I’m assuming) of the delousing scene from The Shawshank Redemption.

    Local Police Chief: I'm sorry about that delousing. Just standard procedure.
    State Trooper Farva: It's powdered sugar.
    Local Police Chief: The lice hate the sugar.

Oh, was I supposed to laugh?  Sorry.  If you like dumb movies, and don’t mind spending a couple bucks on a movie rental, this one’s for you.  Don’t look for Super Troopers to be winning any Oscars.  The only Oscar this movie will be associated with is Oscar Meyer Wiener. 

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RATING:  4/10


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