SUPER TROOPERS is super bad. Last week was ROLLERBALL, and this week is Jay
Chandrasekhar's SUPER TROOPERS. The studios execs are scraping so far down in
the bottom of the barrel that they must be getting wood splinters. Although it
tries hard to be a really stupid comedy, SUPER TROOPERS manages only to be
really stupid. Without a single funny moment, the movie is about as enjoyable
as listening to a sadistic teacher slowly, oh so slowly, drag his fingernails
across a blackboard.
The plot involves rival police agencies. The "stars" of the show are the
Vermont State Troopers (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul
Soter and Erik Stolhanske), led by Capt. John O'Hagan (Brian Cox). When they're
not pulling stunts on hapless motorists, they like to harass the local police
force, led by Chief Grady (Daniel von Bargen).
The State Troopers like to try different games each time they stop vehicles.
One time they bet on how many times they can say "meow" while writing a ticket.
Another time, they repeat each other's lines in order to try to confuse each
other. When back at the diner, one of their favorite contests is chugalugging
quart bottles of Pure Maple Syrup. Stop me when you've had enough. Oh, so
you're already convinced? Gosh, I didn't even have time to tell you about the
obese guy who gets his rolls of fat deloused with powered sugar or about the
wild pet porker who disturbs the murder scene inside an RV.
It's still early, but SUPER TROOPERS is definitely a strong contender for the
worst movie of the year.
SUPER TROOPERS runs a very long 1:40. It is rated R for "language, sexual
content and drug use" and would be acceptable for most teenagers.
My son Jeffrey, almost 13, gave it just one half of a star. He found one or two
things funny and that was about it.
Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes