LONG, HARD DRIVE FOR HIGH­WAY FIVE

The Courier-Mail - - HIT CONFIDENTIAL -

SU­PER Troop­ers 2? What the heck was Su­per Troop­ers 1, I hear you ask? Come on now.

Don’t be too hard on your­self if you can’t re­mem­ber the orig­i­nal. It was re­leased here more than 17 years ago, af­ter all.

For those who have for­got­ten – or per­haps weren’t even born – Su­per Troop­ers was a low­bud­get com­edy about a quin­tet of hell-rais­ing high­way pa­trol­men up Ver­mont way.

These five flame-outs were for­ever mess­ing with the minds of pass­ing mo­torists and play­ing ridicu­lous pranks on each other.

The orig­i­nal Su­per Troop­ers cost a mil­lion to shoot, grossed about 20 times that amount at the box of­fice and has con­tin­ued to at­tract an in­tensely de­voted cult fol­low­ing ever since. So de­voted, in fact, that the same cult fol­low­ing has lit­er­ally wished Su­per Troop­ers 2 into ex­is­tence via the magic of crowd­fund­ing.

Be­holden to giv­ing the peo­ple what they want (and pre-paid for), the stars of the se­quel (a re­united sketch com­edy troupe once known as Bro­ken Lizard) in­dulge in the same brand of like­ably low­brow an­tics. Un­for­tu­nately, the lads of­ten look a lit­tle too old to be in­dulging in this ston­er­friendly brand of fare, and the lack of any killer fresh ma­te­rial be­comes a buz­zkill once the nos­tal­gia wears off.

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