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Anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1, English 5.1 Dolby Surround,
Spanish Dolby Surround, French 5.1 Dolby Surround, English
and Spanish subtitles.
you run across a movie that you want to dislike, but can't.
When Super Troopers made its brief theatrical run
last spring, it seemed easy to miss. But that was a mistake.
Despite a slightly worn plot that really serves as an
excuse to string together bits and sketches, the movie
delivers the only thing it needs to: laughs.
by a comedy troupe called Broken Lizard, Super Troopers
has a slightly slapdash feel, mainly because you know
none of the leads. All five troupe members write and star,
using established actors only as support. Unlike the attempts
of other comedy groups, the members of Broken Lizard each
play only one part, and commit to it completely. The results
fall somewhere between Monty Python and The Kids In The
Hall. But they hit far more than they miss in a movie
that plays like a frathouse comedy after the brothers
all had to get real jobs.
Chandresekhar stands out most in his role as Ramathorn,
the spiritual leader of the troopers. Able to maintain
respect for Captain O'Hagen (Brian Cox) while still encouraging
pranks within the ranks and toward unsuspecting motorists.
He's like a well-mannered Bill Murray (in his younger
days). Though I suspect he's loyal to Broken Lizard, he
could easily break out.
As a director,
he handles everything easily, never wasting jokes nor
dwelling too long on them. In a pivotal moment, Chandresekhar
employs a split-screen montage right out of the sixties,
which earns him extra points in the Fanboy Planet playbook.
Only the intentionally serious moments of the film seem
out of place.
does make a couple of bad turns trying to balance wacky
comedy with drug-related murder. Luckily, though, it never
drags. But to be honest, the movie had me from the moment
it referenced Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
out of nowhere.
tries to contribute insightful commentary, but for the
most part is undone by the familiarity he has with the
rest of the troupe. Though split into two groups for separate
commentary, listening to the director is the only way
to go. In particular, his commentary is helpful over the
deleted scenes and alternate takes, providing good insight
into comedy construction. The alternate scenes also prove
that sometimes your first instinct isn't the best
one to follow.
The rest of
the extras are fairly pedestrian; this isn't a disc to
get for great behind-the-scenes stuff. Focus instead on
the movie, which opens with the first original druggie
scene in years, and carries through with a crazed energy.
Along the way it stops for some animal husbandry in the
most embarrassingly funny scene of the year. Let's just
say that if Disney's The Country Bears had had
a similar scene, well, it still would have sucked, but
the jamboree would almost have been worth it.
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