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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages.
Positive Role Models
Police officers are shown masturbating in their cars on the side of the road, pretending to have sex with a bear, smoking pot, drinking to excess, having blow-up sex dolls, etc.
Violence & Scariness
Cops and highway patrol officers brawl constantly -- throwing punches and giving bloody noses. Guns are used in comedic situations. A Taser is used. A dead woman is found face-down in a bowl of pig food.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Various sexual situations, implying group sex and sex with animals. A cartoon logo of a monkey having sex is featured. Police officers take sexual bribes from a woman and her husband. Breasts are shown, and a male cop is shown frontally nude for a moment. One of the state troopers has a blow-up sex doll with the name of an attractive local female officer written across the forehead in black marker.
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Constant profanity throughout the movie. "F--k" and variations often used. "A--holes," "s--t," "bulls--t," "d--k," "p---y," "t-t," "goddamn," "jack off" (as insult). Frequent jokes about sex, sex positions.
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Products & Purchases
Porsche, Mack truck, Cartoon Network, Levi Strauss all mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens in a car smoke a joint, then, as the highway patrol approaches, one teen passenger consumes two bags of pot and a bag of psychedelic mushrooms to hide the evidence. Lots of heavy drinking -- most notably in the final scenes, in which even the boss of the highway patrol crew gets so drunk that he nearly passes out. The final scene is set in a house filled with teens drinking and smoking pot. Highway patrol officers drink hard liquor and beer while driving. A teen says "I love acid!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Troopers is a 2002 comedy in which misfit state troopers must bust a drug smuggling ring to avoid losing their jobs due to budget cuts and their own incompetence. There's nonstop iffy humor (in terms of both content and, well, actual humor). One officer is shown on the side of the road masturbating to a picture of a woman on a billboard. Another officer runs interference and lures rival cops by dressing like a hunter and pretending to have sex with a bear. An attractive German couple offer sexual favors to get out of a speeding ticket; the offer is accepted. A white character talks in the parodic voice of an African American man. There are jokes referencing incest, blow-up sex dolls, and autoerotic asphyxiation, as well as nonstop profanity, including "f--k" and variations and some nudity, both male and female. Teenagers smoke a lot of pot and take psychedelic mushrooms; in order to avoid getting arrested when they are pulled over, one of the teens eats a bag of mushrooms and two bags of pot. Underage drinking is featured. The officers are extremely drunk for the last third of the movie. In terms of violence, a woman is found dead in an RV with a dog collar around her neck lying face down in a food bowl. Fistfights occur between rival cops. The movie's humor is deliberately stupid, gross, and raunchy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is in the middle range for bad-taste comedies, in terms of both bad taste and comedy. There are a lot of gross jokes that are cheerfully politically incorrect but not as offensive as some of what is out there. They are not as stupid as some of what we've seen in recent movies, but they are not terrifically funny, either. Super Troopers falls somewhere between American Pie and Tom Green.
No one in Broken Lizard has what anyone might deem star quality -- in those uniforms, they look more like they are auditioning for a local franchise for the Village People than like anyone who might know how to hold a radar gun on a speeding 18-wheeler. But director Jay Chandrasekhar and one or two of the others clearly have fun on screen and it occasionally reaches the audience.
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