Remember the poorly written comedy Super Troopers? It came out about 15 years ago. I didn’t see it until I was in high school, but as I was watching I couldn’t help but feel my IQ dropping. Don’t get me wrong, I do think that raunchy comedies can be funny. The Naked Gun is one of my all-time favorites. However, Super Troopers was just a mess, the unholy love child of bad writing, bad comedic timing, and a waste of a talented cast. Yet here we are, 15 years later with discussion of a new Super Troopers on the horizon.
I never realized there was such a high demand for yet another forgettable comedy. The multiple campaign trailers for the sequel have just been the actors cursing at each other and referencing the size of their genitalia. Hilarious. It’s hard to review a bad comedy, because there’s only so many times you can say “That’s not funny.” However, what really bothers me here isn’t so much that they’re making a second Super Troopers. What really gets to me is the reason it’s being made.
Original ideas aren’t dead in Hollywood. More originality than ever is springing up through independent filmmakers and companies. However, using the Super Troopers sequel as an example, I’ve drawn the conclusion that originality just isn’t what sells in Hollywood anymore. Most box-office hits this year have had their basis in some other form of media. Examples include:
- Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Captain America: Civil War
- The Jungle Book
- Star Trek: Beyond
- Finding Dory
The list goes on and on, I’m really only scratching the surface. And those are all films that were released this year. In the past five years, reboots, remakes, sequels, and re-imaginings have dominated the box office. They make money. Unfortunatley, that leaves an abundant amount of talent and originality undiscovered. The worst part is that there seems to be no end in sight for the all-powerful sequel-machine.
Am I excited for Super Troopers 2? What do you think? Do I think that all sequels/reboots are bad? Of course not. In many cases, I believe that the sequels can surpass their original source material. However, originality should be explored and celebrated in the creative fields. Check out a few indie movies on Netflix sometime. Sure, the production quality won’t be as high as that of a Marvel, but I can assure you there will be just as much effort. That’s the trick with Indie films. Even when they aren’t very good, there’s always a visible amount of sweat, blood, and tears put into them. This is mostly because the filmmakers behind these movies aren’t guaranteed financial stability. Their first movie could just as easily be their last.
My advice to you: stay as far away from Super Troopers 2 as is humanly possible. I don’t think the nostalgia goggles are going to protect you from what is sure to be an undeniably offensive flop. Instead, stay home and enjoy something you’ve never heard of. Scroll through Netflix and find something that you didn’t even know existed. You may just be surprised at what you find.