CHiPs

CHiPs

(2017)

Chip happens.

Dax Shepard (Idiocracy) writes, directs and stars as Jon Baker in this buddy cop action comedy based on the '70s T.V. show, co-starring Michael Peña as Ponch.... More

Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank Ponch Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together, while Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job - inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker's unique bike skills and Ponch's street savvy it might just work... if they don't drive each other crazy first.Hide

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Those who remember the original 1970s TV show know CHiPs stands for California Highway Patrol, or cops on big bikes. Jon Baker (Dax Shepard), a painkiller-addicted, former BMX star turned rookie cop, is teamed with Frank "Ponch" Poncherello (Michael Pena), a seasoned pro, and homophobic sex-addict, with a habit of shooting his own partners to save them.... More

If you enjoyed the knockabout romp of the far superior 21 Jump Street big-screen outing, then you might dig the scattershot fun of a film that jettisons plot and character, in favour of stunts, gunplay, and gross-out laughs.

Writer/Director/Co-star Dax Shepard shoots his action with assuredness, and his foulmouthed comedy scenes with glee, but fumbles when it comes to dramatic moments, which sit about as comfortably as furry dice on a Harley. Casting Vincent D'Onofrio means any mystery or suspense as to who might be the bad guy are dumped and, Kristen Bell aside as Baker’s estranged wife, there’s little place for women in this macho world of bikes, guns and buddy-cop-bonding, in what amounts to yet another generic, lazily scripted, Lethal Weapon knock-off.

Fans of the TV show will likely find this portion of CHiPs about as far from the source as the Starsky & Hutch movie. Fans of broad, violent, un-pc action-comedy will find plenty to enjoy, but with easy laughs at the expense of consistent characterisation, or coherent plotting, it’s hard to care about anything save the next shoot-out, chase, explosion, or bad-taste gag.Hide


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BY MaryP nobody

There are a few good laughs in this film, though not nearly enough. The humour is very low, focussing on outdated homophobia and body jokes of the schoolboy variety. Klunky writing and direction from Dax Shepard do nothing to suggest it was worth making this film in the first place.


The Press Reviews

  • Brainless action comedies are one of the great pleasures in cinema, but only when they're crafted with more care and intelligence than this. Full Review

  • I'm actually kind of shocked there aren't more homophobic gags here. Full Review

  • Shepard and Pena do at least throw themselves into proceedings with elan, but they can't prevent CHiPs from seeming a distinctly second-gear affair. Full Review

  • Can a movie be cheekily self-aware and still thoroughly terrible? Without a doubt. And yet damned if "CHIPS" doesn't somehow make the most of its own wink-wink awfulness. Full Review

  • A fascination with posteriors - both human and feline - isn't the worst thing about "CHIPS," but it's up there. Full Review

  • Will likely manage the difficult feat of simultaneously alienating fans of the original series and newcomers who will wonder why a buddy cop comedy displays so much homosexual panic. Full Review

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