Monday, March 26th, 2012

Oh, There's Gonna Be Another Super Troopers

Today in Unwanted Sequels, the News of Which Will Delight a Few and Frustrate Many, there's going to be a Super Troopers 2. Actor and director Jay Chandrasekhar said that the Broken Lizard troupe has written the script and now has to "figure out a little sort of legal thing with Fox." What say you – was the classic original hilarious enough to warrant a sequel? Or is this another sign of our utter lack of creativity in the waning days of a dying civilization?

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  • Katrina Hall@twitter

    This may get me some flack (it certainly does with my fiance), but I didn't find the first one to be particularly funny….
    So no, I'm a bit opposed to a sequel because I'll probably have to go see it.

  • razzleplooza

    I don't know why this article is written so negatively. The first is a solid, funny film with lots of quotable moments and a sizable fanbase.

  • I'm Gary@twitter

    If Jay Chandrasekhar and the rest of the Broken Lizard troupe want to return to these characters, why should we have a problem with that? Considering how much this site fawns over the prospect of a Wet Hot American Summer sequel, I'm surprised at how negative this one was.

    Club Dread aside, Chandrasekhar has a resume full of funny. He's directed episodes of Arrested Development, Happy Endings, Up All Night, and Community. He's written two incredibly funny scripts with Broken Lizard: Super Troopers and Beerfest. I have confidence in what he's got in store for us with this sequel.

  • radam04

    The original is fantastic. But, they're not a part of the "cool club" in the comedy world, so let's act like everything they do sucks.

  • Nick S

    Broken Lizard clearly doesn't have enough skinny hipster doofuses in their troupe to warrant the fawning praise that Splitsider usually doles out.


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Nafziger/1625377858 Jason Nafziger

    If it's such a horrible thing, why even put it on the site? I would think a site dedicated to comedy would understand that humor is subjective and it's probably a bad idea to alienate your audience with needless condescension.

  • Hallie Cantor

    i wrote that this news would delight a few and frustrate many – which is also true of the arrested development sequel, the ghostbusters threequel, the new bill and ted, a wet hot american summer sequel, and any other sequel we cover. then i asked whether you were excited about it or not, two very legitimate possible opinions – neither of which was meant to be sarcastic or insincere. i myself have never seen the original, which is why i asked for your opinions. yes, we get more excited about certain news stories than others around here, but i think the accusation of "needless condescension" is undeserved.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Nafziger/1625377858 Jason Nafziger

    "Today in Unwanted Sequels" isn't condescending?

    Has anyone at Splitsider ever typed the sentence "A Wet Hot American Summer sequel will delight a few and frustrate many?" or "The return of Community will barely register?"

    You might notice that EVERYONE who commented here felt the post was negative, because, you know, it opens by insulting its own topic.

    It's fine to not like things or to have not even seen them at all. But why be so harsh when reporting news that will delight a few, be completely ignored by many, and frustrate you and a couple of your friends?

  • http://www.twitter.com/pablogoldstein Pablo Goldstein

    Super Troopers isn't that great of a movie (Beerfest is pretty funny). But I'd rather see Super Troopers 2 than watch any episode of Community. "How come my super niche, meta tv show that appeals to 0.01% of people gets such low ratings???!?"

    Super Troopers is an utter lack of creativity that is "unwanted" but Dan Harmon's hero's journey circle is the pinnacle of comedy writing? Let's not go down that road of the only good comedy being associated with UCB or podcast X.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Nafziger/1625377858 Jason Nafziger

    For the record (not that it should matter, but I don't want to be misconstrued), I love Community and pretty much all the other stuff Splitsider gets creepy over. That's why I keep reading. I just don't understand the attitude of this post.

    I get that Super Troopers is a different type of humor than is generally celebrated here, but to me that makes the choice between reporting it straight and moving on or not reporting it at all. This kind of thing is off-putting.

  • http://videoshare.tumblr.com Firas Alexander

    I have to disagree with the other posters about the tone of the article above. I didn't find it to be condescending. I might be biased though as although I like the original Super Troopers movie, I don't think they should make a sequel. I think the original is a classic comedy movie, but any sequel will just end up being derivative.
    Of course comedy fans can be quite snobbish about their tastes though it seems SplitSider does a pretty good job of supporting all comedy (they even let someone publish an article defending Whitney) so it really seems to me that these comments about hipsterdom and cooler than though-ness are premature.
    Also Jay Chandrasekhar is a great comedy director (I loved the recent episode of Happy Endings he did) who has worked on some of the same shows people are accusing SplitSider of having a bias towards like Community for instance. So I think the accusations really don't stand-up.

  • James Rocker@twitter

    Okay, the stank tone of this story has been played out enough here, so what about this:

    What about the idea of a sequel or threequel is inherently UNcreative? Is it *actually* "lazy" to pick up an original concept where you left off? It's not like it's a gritty reboot, fer chrissake.

    Do people *really* want more *new* stuff from them, like "Slammin' Salmon" or "Club Dread" (Beerfest gets a pass)? I'd argue that if anyone wanted more of the Broken Lizard boys, it would be in Super Trooper form.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Nafziger/1625377858 Jason Nafziger

      @James Rocker@twitter

      These are great points. In fact, The Best X Comedy Sequels of All Time would be a great article (or tournament) for someone here to tackle.

      Yeah, most comedy sequels are derivative at best and blandly repetitive at worst. But it can be done right (Christmas Vacation is a pretty good example of revisiting characters without just plugging them into a boilerplate script). Who knows, maybe Broken Lizard can do it right.

  • Nick S

    This post is almost as controversial as that one time Studio 60 did their "Crazy Christians" sketch!!

  • http://www.nathansmart.com Nathan Smart

    When I read stuff like this I just think, "Has Hallie taken a lunch yet?"

  • Aaron

    The first 10 minutes of the movie is comedy genius. The rest of the movie is crap.