Super Troopers

Super Troopers, out of last year's Sundance Film Festival, no less, concerns five fuck-up Vermont state troopers who spend their days measuring their dicks, hassling stoners and speeders, and trying to save their jobs. Written by and starring a five-man comedy group (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske) called Broken Lizard, the movie is little more than hit-and-miss skits. As a director, Chandrasekhar shows a barely rudimentary sense of the craft, but he does have a knack for orchestrating raucous comic teamwork. Veteran character actor Brian Cox (L.I.E.) provides ballast as Capt. O'Hagan, the troop's leader, and Marisa Coughlan adds a dollop of sweet sexuality as a flirty cop. Anyone can do crude humor — look at Kung Pow: Enter the Fist — but Broken Lizard does it with a shit-faced integrity that's worth a salute.

From The Archives Issue 372: June 24, 1982