It's been 14 years since the original Super Troopers hit the film scene, and audiences still roar with laughter as they quote the film line-for-line while watching it for the 2,000th time (P.S. I'm one of them).
Created by a group of five friends known as Broken Lizard (Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Erik Stolhanske, Kevin Heffernan and Paul Soter), the film follows a small group of highway troopers in Vermont as they play jokes on unsuspecting motorists and battle with the local cops of Spurbury to stay in business.
Filmed on a low budget and only starring a few other big-name performers, the filmmakers had a rough time getting it picked up for distribution. But after positive reactions at film festivals and from fellow filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, the film was finally picked up for distribution by Fox Searchlight, and though it wasn't a hit with critics, it saw plenty of success at the box office and went on to culminate a large cult following that is still going strong to this day.
It certainly earned this success, as it's one of the funniest movies I've ever watched. This is a bold statement, I know, but it's earned a place that high up because of its replay value. I've seen the film probably 200 times, can quote the film while I watch it, and I could watch it another 200 times and it'll never get old.
The script may seem a bit thin to some, but it's actually incredibly smart as it gives the film plenty of hilarious one-liners, outrageous moments, and makes it easier for all of the actors to play off of each other as easily as they already do.
The performances themselves are all a lot of fun to watch as well, as each of the actors seem to embody the roles they are portraying and keep us laughing even harder with their ridiculous (and wildly hilarious) attitudes and antics.
And thanks to the large fan base of the film, Broken Lizard was able to successfully crowd-source in March, reaching its minimum goal and more with $4.4 million in one day, to bring the boys of Spurbury back to the screen again. Fans of the cult classic (or fans of the group themselves) can rejoice as they have started shooting over the summer.
Here's a look at the craziness that is Super Troopers.