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Does Super Troopers 2 Live Up to the Hype?

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Comedy sequels are a hard trick to pull off. Many don’t know where to draw the line between new material and recycling the hits that made their predecessor a success. So, when compared to other comedy sequels, Super Troopers 2 is a victory. However, when compared to the comic mastery of the original, it leaves a lot to be desired.

The film reunites our favorite former Vermont highway patrol officers: Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and Foster (Paul Soter), 15 years after the events of the original film. The group has been fired from the Spursbury Police Department after a mysterious disaster involving Fred Savage. They’re given a new lease on life when it’s discovered that a Canadian border town is actually part of the United States, and they have been chosen to patrol the new area. Unsurprisingly, the locals are not keen on becoming Americans, and whacky mayhem ensues. Throw in some disgruntled Mounties and a cache of smuggled goods and you have all the makings of a great comedy.

Of course, like all of Broken Lizard’s films, the main through line is rarely of any consequence. For the most part, it is used to get us from one absurd encounter to the next. The film revels in making Canada the punchline of many of their jokes without seeming mean-spirited about it. It’s more akin to picking on a younger sibling.

For their part, the Broken Lizard quintet do more of the same from the original, yet this time around it seems a little more forced. A standout of the film is Rob Lowe, who plays the mayor/strip club owner of the town. He seems to be having a blast with his outlandish character who is equal parts goofball and antagonist. Mad TV alum, Will Sasso, also shines as one of the Mounties constantly butting heads with the team.

Where the film seems to lack is in its execution. Sure, the pull-over gags are there, but with the exception of a great French-Canadian exchange, the others seem far less inspired than those of the original. And that is where the problem lies. Anyone who sees the film will inevitably compare this to Super Troopers, and if you are seeing the sequel, it’s safe to assume you were a fan of it. Such a comparison is not fair to this film. We’ve had 16 years of “meow,” “shenanigans” and “liter of cola” to enrapture the film as one of the all-time comedy greats. We often forget that the original film was only a moderate success originally. It didn’t find mythical status until it was released on home video. Needless to say, it is impossible to evaluate the sequel on its own merits, without comparing it to the original. Also, things that worked sixteen years ago don’t necessarily work today. And even if they do work, they seem less special because we have seen them before.

In the pantheon of comedy sequels Super Troopers 2 fairs better than major stinkers like Zoolander 2 and Caddyshack 2, and lands more in the Wayne’s World 2 or Hangover 2 territory. It pales in comparison to the original, but has enough laughs to make it worth checking out.

Read CULTURE‘s exclusive interview with four of the five members of Broken Lizard here.

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Feel the Influence of Jenny Wakeandbake

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Jenny Wakeandbake is exactly what the world needs. YouTuber, photographer and Instagram influencer, Wakeandbake provides helpful and informative cannabis reviews, tutorials and more on her YouTube channel. Her photos and videos are professionally executed and are entertaining, and she has a style that’s polished but approachable. CULTURE chatted with Jenny about her hustle, her life and her influence.

 

How did Jenny Wakeandbake come to be?

I was living in Colorado at the time, and it was the first time in my life that I felt open and free about being a cannabis patient. When I moved back to Massachusetts, the answer was really simple. I became a medical cannabis patient, and I was really one of a kind here. So I wanted to educate and show everybody what I do as a photographer and videographer.

 

How did you build your following?

I found as many other people like me on social media based platforms as I could, and started engaging with them. Also just engaging with different groups and tribes on Instagram, Happy Tokes and the Happy Tokes tribe has done so much for me, and the cannabis community. So I really just followed in those footsteps of being myself, and sharing myself with the internet. The people followed, the more open and honest I was, the more people could relate.

Has being a cannabis influencer affected your everyday life, if so how?

I wake up every day blessed. I have a house, a roof over my head, food in my refrigerator, my dog has food in his bowl, and I get to spend my days creating cannabis content. I’m no longer in the dark place I was before I found this wonderful opportunity to have a career in cannabis.

 

What do you hope to accomplish with your work as a cannabis influencer?

Just really help to break the stigma. To show everyday people that may not use cannabis, or may have negative feelings towards cannabis, that just because I smoke weed everyday doesn’t mean that I’m not a professional and not worth hiring. Or that anybody who is like me, and uses cannabis cannot be professional and just as capable as someone else in the conference room. To show that cannabis is not a scary thing, and that it can be so helpful to so many people. It took me years to convince my mom that CBD helps with inflammation and pain, and she now uses CBD cream on her knees and happily walks to work.

Jenny Wakeandbake is constantly posting fresh, original content to her accounts, so give her a follow, or subscribe.

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Test Your Skills with CULTURE’s 420 Cannabis Word Search

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Test your knowledge of your cannabis-related vocabulary with CULTURE‘s exclusive 420 Cannabis Word Search. Find the words below horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Or print this out and circle the words with a pen. Go!

 

Bong
Bowl
Blunt
Bubbler
Bud
Budder
Budtender
Butane hash Oil/BHO
C02
Cannabinoid
Cannabis
Cannabidiol
Carb Cap
Churro
Concentrates
Cone
Dabbing
Decarboxylate
Edibles
E-nail
Grinder
Hash
Hemp
Hybrid
Ice Wax
Indica
Joint
Kief
Medical
Munchies
Phenotype
Psychoactive
Resin
Roach
Sativa
Sensimilla
Shatter
Strain
Sublingual
Terpene
Tetrahydrocannabinol/THC
Transdermal
Trichome
Trim
Vape

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Dashing and Daring

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It has been long established that the cannabis culture lifestyle is not just about heterosexual men gazing longingly at ladies taking bong hits in bikinis. Cannabis is also a major part of life for women, many alternative cultures and the LGBTQ community. And since it is a huge staple of queer culture, cannabis and drag go hand-in-hand. After all, what better way is there to relax before going in front of a crowd, ease the pain from wearing pump heels and generally set a good vibe?

 

Lady Sativa, also known as Damien Dane, identifies as male by day, but by night, often slips into the drag persona of a tough but lovable chick who adores herb and wears her hair high. In honor of February being about all things sexy, CULTURE spoke with Denver’s resident drag queen Lady Sativa about drag, creative projects and her enthusiasm for cannabis.

 

How did you get started doing drag?

Shaving. That’s how everyone should get started! Just kidding! For me it’s all about music. I started doing mixes for the local girls I admired. I had always wanted to perform in drag, but was enamored and blown away by the talent in Denver. It was daunting. Then I realized that I had something different. I’m a singer, songwriter, pianist and music producer.  I figured with that, plus drive and passion, I would be able to impress my own crowd of fans as well.

 

Who are some of your biggest influences?

The singers and live performers. Adore Delano, Courtney Act, Alaska [Thunderfuck] and of course RuPaul.

 

How do you describe your style?

Maladjusted Motorcycle Mohawk Mom. Like Cher in Mask, just with a lot more paint and a lot less dirt. My paint would be more described as “the blind stabbings of a lucky loser.”

 

How do you feel about the drag scene locally and nationally?

I wish I could say I paid more attention to it. I honestly have learned a great chunk of peace by not letting it affect me and not trying to affect it, locally or nationally. I’m focused on people more than drag queens, and I think that’s why I’m truly happy with my drag.

“ . . . cannabis literally erases the anxiety out of the creative process, thereby opening the doors, the windows and sometimes the roof of my creative energy. Anxiety is fear. It is the killer of art. Knowing that, I believe cannabis saves otherwise unrealized art.”

What are your plans for 2018? Anything you’d like to announce?

Porno: The Musical will be finished this year. I’m finished writing the music for this project, which has been bubbling for two years, and now having found an amazing scriptwriter, I’m elated to get it finished and see it produced and performed! I’m in a movie too. I have a great mentoring show idea, but that’s all I’ll say right now. It’s going to be a big year of very unexpected evolution.

 

How has cannabis affected your life and/or your creative process?

I smoked right before I made the shaving joke! But, truly, cannabis literally erases the anxiety out of the creative process, thereby opening the doors, the windows and sometimes the roof of my creative energy. Anxiety is fear. It is the killer of art. Knowing that, I believe cannabis saves otherwise unrealized art.

 

How do you feel about legalization so far? Is there anything you think could be done better or differently?

To quote Hillary Clinton, “I just don’t want to move backwards.”

 

Have you ever worked cannabis into your music as a theme? If so, how?

It is the focus of many of my songs, indeed! “What You Need is a Blunt” gets requested quite a bit!

 

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I just want us to focus on what makes us the same rather than what makes us different, in the drag community and in the world. George Carlin does bits about what makes us the same. They are hilarious, but they are great reminders. Have you ever gone into a room and you have no idea why you’re in there?  Of course you have. We all have. That’s because we’re all the same. I’m no better than you; you’re no better than me. I’m Lady Sativa and so are you. Nugs and kisses!

 

Don’t Miss Lady Sativa’s Lingerie Lounge Competition Drag Show. Occurs every fourth Monday at Herb’s, 2057 Larimer St., Denver.

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