In theaters this Friday, the Broken Lizard comedy troupe is back with “Super Troopers 2,” the long-awaited sequel to their 2001 hit.

The original was a tiny film that charmed sophisticated audiences at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival with its constant stream of low brow, corny, and utterly hilarious jokes and gags.

Back in 2002, the raunchy comedy about the antics of Vermont state troopers managed to make north of $23 million worldwide on a meager sub-$2 million budget. Of course, its following on home video launched the troupe to ever higher comedic status.

The funding for the upcoming sequel came from fans as the Lizards raised a massive $4.4 million on Indiegogo in 2015.

The sequel reunites the troopers Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar, who also directs), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Mac (Steve Lemme), Foster (Paul Soter), and Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske). Even Brian Cox returns as the straight man Captain O’Hagan. My full review of the new film will be up on Friday.

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