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Super Troopers

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Sex and drug jokes abound in lowbrow comedy.
  • Review Date: May 9, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 100 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though not a moment is meant to be taken seriously, constant lewd and questionable adult behavior leaves a negative impression of the serve-and-protect professions.

Positive role models

Who can you trust when law enforcement agents act like fraternity boys? Even the head of the highway patrol gets wasted and encourages hazing rituals.

Violence

Cops and highway patrolmen 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.

Language

Frequent use of language including "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "ass," "sucks," "d--k," "p---y, "bulls--t," and more.

Consumerism

Porsche, Mack truck, Cartoon Network, Levi Strauss are all mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The first scene shows teens in a car smoking 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. Highway patrol officers drink hard liquor and beer while driving. A teen says "I love acid!"

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that not only does this movie show authority figures using drugs and alcohol, but they condone underage drinking and drug use. Police officers do beer bong hits in the final scene with the teens they are supposed to be arresting. Sexual content includes the depiction of masturbation, bestiality, and implied group sex, along with some naked breasts and a brief moment of full frontal male nudity. Bad language is pretty frequent.

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 weeklong 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 is 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?

QUALITY

This is in the middle range for bad taste comedies, in both the bad taste and comedy categories. 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. It 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the humor here. Is it funny to see authority figures act like buffoons or is it worrisome? Or both?

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 15, 2002
DVD release date:August 6, 2002
Cast:Erik Stolhanske, Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme
Director:Jay Chandrasekhar
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Run time:100 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, sexual content and drug use

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Parent 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 important to see the ridiculousness of it. Meow, there are certain things you can't take seriously, and it should be common sense that the cops don't act like this. As long as you teach your children the value of common sense, it shouldn't be a problem. Separate reality from fantasy. It takes an interesting sense of humor, but if you're Mormon, I don't really recommend it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 Broken Lizard, it could have been way worse. There are frequent visual gags, like when Foster is meeting his girlfriend dressed as a "biker." Some are hit and miss, and it's definitely for the late high school/college crowd, but 16+ will enjoy it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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 appropriate.

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