Super Troopers

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Sex and drug jokes abound in lowbrow comedy.
  • R
  • 2002
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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. 

Language

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. 

Consumerism

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!" 

What 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.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMolotovs July 1, 2011

Laughing at the Vulgarity.

I personally love this movie to death! I saw it when I was sixteen, and it was one of the funniest movies I'd ever seen at that point. It's really imp... Continue reading
Parent Written byPlague December 10, 2009

Super Troopers

Very funny movie. Loved it from beginning to end. Most people I guess wouldn't agree or get a laugh from the humor, but everybodys different.
Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 June 18, 2013

Cult classic offers dumb laughs!

Kids in high school wouldn't shut up about how great this film was, so luckily it was on streaming for Netflix. Of course it's silly, but that's... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byRorie6 January 9, 2011

Love this movie! =D

Amazing Movie! i lovethe broken lizard guys and its one of there classics! my only critique would be that there is a nude butt, otherwise the movie is appropria...

What's the story?

SUPER TROOPERS feels like the kind of movie five college buddies who didn't want to go to law school would dream up after a week-long marathon of smoking dope and watching John Landis movies. In fact, that's pretty much how it came about. Five recent Colgate graduates who created a comedy group called Broken Lizard wrote and star in it and one of them directed it. The result is a sort of Animal House crossed with Cheech and Chong with a touch of the '70s Erik Estrada television show CHiPs. It's a slob comedy story of the rivalry between a group of Vermont highway patrolmen and the local police. It escalates from taunts and practical jokes to a struggle over turf and then to a struggle for survival. The members of Broken Lizard play the troopers, whose idea of "cheeky" hijinks includes making bets about how many times one of them can use the word "meow" while giving a motorist a speeding ticket, or donning a hippie wig and racing the other troupers to the Canadian border. In classic college fashion, drugs, alcohol, humiliation, and sex provide most of the subjects for humor.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the humor in Super Troopers. Is it funny to see authority figures behaving like total fools? Why or why not?

  • What other movies can you think of that make fun of authority figures?

  • Were there any moments when the humor seemed too extreme? If so, which moments, and why?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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