The revival and resurrection of cult properties—fueled by crowdfunding sites and streaming services with money to burn—has been a fascinating new wrinkle in the pop-culture landscape. Fan the flames enough, and you too can ensure that beloved institutions like Wet Hot American Summer and New York Seltzer return.
Did the world really need a sequel to the 2001 slapstick stoner comedy Super Troopers? Decidedly not, but the 54,000 people who donated to the Indiegogo campaign to help pay for a new tale about the misadventures of Vermont state troopers felt strongly enough to make it a reality.
Super Troopers 2 strikes all the familiar chords for revivals like this: It has amplified versions of the same foul-mouthed, gross-out set pieces cooked up by the members of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe, but now they’re peppered with marquee actors (Rob Lowe) and celebrity cameos (Damon Wayans, Jr., Bruce McCulloch of The Kids in the Hall, and Jim Gaffigan).
The reasons for getting us back into the world of these uniformed buffoons—something to do with the United States annexing a small piece of Canada and a drug-smuggling ring?—are entirely unnecessary. As long as you cover one of the cops in shit after a bear pushes over his porta potty, you’re going to satisfy the fans of this franchise.
This rehash, at least, boasts the eager willingness of the men behind it—they’re delighted to throw themselves into each loud, reckless moment. If you can grit your teeth through the many homophobic jokes and casual sexism on display—the hallmarks of dude-centric comedies like this—there are genuine laughs to be found. You’ll forget about the whole thing two hours later, but don’t worry: Chances are, Super Troopers will be back in another 17 years to jog your memory.