Mac: But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun! Thorny: (referring to Farva) Yeah, and his shenanigans are cruel and tragic. Foster: (after a pause) Which... makes them not really shenanigans at all. Mac: (in a silly voice) Evil shenanigans!
Super Troopers is a
2001 comedy film directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, written by and starring the
Broken Lizard comedy group (Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme,
Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske). Marisa Coughlan, Daniel von Bargen and Brian
Cox co-star while Lynda Carter has a cameo appearance. In total, Fox
Searchlight paid $3.25 million for distribution rights of the film and
grossed $23.1 million at the box office.
The film takes place
in 2000 in the fictional town of Spurbury, Vermont, near the Canadian border.
The plot centers on five Vermont State Troopers who seem to have more of a
knack for pranks than actual police work. The experienced Troopers, Thorn, Mac,
and Foster, spend most of their time devising new ways of messing with the
heads of the people they pull over and hazing the new recruit,
"Rabbit". They also find time to torment their easily infuriated
radio dispatcher, Rodney Farva, who has been removed from patrol work because
he was involved in a fight with several students during a (potentially
questionable and dubious) traffic stop of a schoolbus (shown during the closing
credits). Their days of pranking and slacking off are cut short when the
Troopers suddenly find their post and their jobs threatened by the state's
impending budget cuts.
The troopers have an
ongoing rivalry with the local Spurbury Police Department. They repeatedly
enter conflicts with them; one such dispute breaks out into an all-out
fistfight, further increasing the station's chances of being shut down. Their
chances to keep their station improve when they uncover a possible drug
smuggling ring. When they suspect a connection to a murder investigation by the
local police, State Trooper Captain O'Hagan (Brian Cox) tries to get Spurbury
Police Chief Grady to cooperate, but Grady wants the trooper station shut down
so his department can have a bigger budget.
develops a relationship with Ursula, the Spurbury Police dispatcher, and
together they find a stash of confiscated marijuana hidden in the Spurbury
impound. Ursula suggests stealing the marijuana from the impound and showing it
to the Governor (Lynda Carter) during a banquet so they can convince her to
keep the trooper station open. However, Grady foils their plan by showing the
marijuana to the Governor himself during the banquet, putting Foster and Ursula
at odds with each other when Foster suspects that Ursula leaked the plan to
troopers learn that it was Farva, not Ursula, who informed Grady in exchange
for a transfer to the local police. Farva's motivation arose from his constant
belittlement by the other troopers, but he relents and wants to make amends. The
troopers learn that the Spurbury Police runs protection for the drug smuggling
ring. The former troopers and Ursula expose the corrupt policemen and smugglers
and bring them to justice. Unfortunately their actions are not enough to earn
reinstatement of their trooper unit because of the budget cuts.
Three months later,
Thorn and Rabbit are working as beer delivery men. They go to a house party run
by a group of college kids whom they had previously arrested for marijuana
possession. The underage college kids are at first panicked to see them, but begin
vengefully tormenting them when they realize they are no longer state troopers.
Thorn and Rabbit then take off their delivery clothes to reveal they are
actually Spurbury Police officers, having replaced their corrupt predecessors,
and are now free to continue their shenanigans, much to the college kids'