After missing out on a viewing of Beerfest my friends had, I figured I might as well make up for it by watching that other (better) Broken Lizard movie, Super Troopers. As usual, it was a good choice. The story follows the plight of stupid but lovable highway patrolmen whose branch is in danger of being shut down. They spend most of their time pranking guilty drivers as well as each other, while half-heartedly trying to solve a murder/drug conspiracy. They’re in competition with the jerkface local cops, poised to take over the highway when our heroes get fired. However, the put-down lady local cop Ursula (Marisa Coughlin, in the only substantial female role) is sick of her sexist coworkers and may be willing to help the troopers keep their jobs with her insider knowledge. Also she might form a pretty adorable relationship with my favorite one, Foster (Paul Soter). Maybe. No spoilers or anything. Really, the plot here doesn’t mean much so it’s not important to go into it any more.
Now here is a movie that is just funny. It doesn’t try to be especially smart or pc or innovative, but it succeeds in being vastly entertaining, quotable, and chock full of likeable dudes. Most of the film is an excuse for the comedy troupe to make with the shenanigans and male bonding, which is cool as I wouldn’t expect much more. There’s a nice (though somewhat out of left field) cameo by Linda Carter, sex-crazed Germans, a syrup-drinking competition, moustaches, and one thing everyone likes to see: asshole teenagers getting their comeuppance. It’s an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half, especially with a group of friends. I’ll admit I thought it looked stupid when I first saw the trailer, but honestly it’s very funny and surprisingly clever at parts.