Super Troopers has survived every effort to erode the value of a movie in which a traffic stop punctuated by meows counts as an iconic moment in cinema history.
Super Troopers was
the second feature film of Broken Lizard, a
comedy-troupe-turned-production-team that went on to produce, for better
or worse, Club Dread and Beerfest. I'm not here to defend those pictures (although they are defensible, more or less) but to assure the uninitiated that Super Troopers is an amiable sorta-cop, sorta-buddy movie that feels like a really good version of pre-Animal House '70s
comedies—with an amiably ironic wink at the need for plot and
coherence. That's because the movie works like sketch comedy, and it
works most of the time. I'm not going to lay out a string of memorable
moments—I want to, but I'd rather you find them yourself—however, I have the
distinct feeling that, even if the goofy cruelty of Reno 911! or the fearless foolishness of Pineapple Express isn't paying homage to Super Troopers, they should.
you decide to watch it, and you begin to think, "This isn't funny, it's
just stupid," please remember: "These boys get that syrup in 'em, they
get all antsy in their pantsy."