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CHIPS (2017)

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A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involve some crooked cops.

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Dax Shepard

Writers:

Rick Rosner (based on the television series created by), Dax Shepard
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Peña ... Ponch
Dax Shepard ... Jon
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Ray Kurtz
Rosa Salazar ... Ava Perez
Jessica McNamee ... Lindsey Taylor
Adam Brody ... Clay Allen
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Peterson
Richard T. Jones ... Parish
Ryan Hansen ... Brian Grieves
Jane Kaczmarek ... Captain Jane Lindel
Phil Tyler ... Cooper
Jess Rowland Jess Rowland ... Rathbun
Carly Hatter ... Agent Angela Roth
Justin Chatwin ... Raymond Reed Kurtz Jr.
Vida Guerra ... Ann
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Storyline

An FBI agent goes undercover in the California Highway Patrol as officer Frank "Ponch" Poncherello. Members of the CHP have been robbing cash delivery vehicles and his job is to uncover the perpetrators. At the CHP he is partnered with a 30-something rookie, Jon Baker. Baker is a former professional motorcycle rider with a list of ailments and personal problems who is lucky to be in the CHP. They are very different people and immediately clash. Written by grantss

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Chip Happens

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use. | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CHIPS See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,722,802, 26 March 2017

Gross USA:

$18,600,152

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,800,152
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dax Shepard and Maya Rudolph also appeared together in Idiocracy (2006). See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie the opening chase scene features a Chevrolet SS, but when Ponch goes to throw the Molotov cocktail into the car, it turns into a much cheaper Chevrolet Malibu. See more »

Quotes

Ponch: Yoga pants!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits start with "The california highway patrol does not endorse this film. At all." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: CHIPS/Power Rangers (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Bloody Well Right
Written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
Performed by Supertramp
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Probably most enjoyable for the little teenage boy in all of us
9 April 2017 | by kaptenvideo-89875See all my reviews

Comedian Dax Shepard has been acting on screen for years without making it big. He is perhaps best known as Kristen Bell's husband and being part of the main cast in drama series „Parenthood" which doesn't actually say a whole lot either.

But he is one of those actors who is willing to write, produce and even direct his own stuff if satisfying offers don't come his way. And „CHIPS" must be one of these pet projects, because he fills all four jobs mentioned above, sharing the screen with co-star Michael Peña.

There are actually bunch of other cool faces around in smaller roles, including – of course – Kristen Bell. But it's mostly about Shepard and Peña offering a buddy action comedy, so if you feel like you could like them, it's half a win for the movie already.

(Sadly, there's smaller number of famous friends on screen than in Shepard's previous projects, 2010's „Brother's Justice" and 2012's „Hit and Run". I guess Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold felt that they have done enough for him and let him sink or swim alone now.)

Shepard is convincing in the sensitive/wise doofus role that he has chosen to himself, although his acting range seems limited in general.

So he has surrounded himself with some rock solid players, starting with Peña who has the coveted ability to make every movie a bit more better just by appearing there. In this regard, he's like a young- ish Latin version of Morgan Freeman, or something.

What is more important here: Peña can effortlessly do action, drama and comedy and there's need for all three here, Shepard couldn't hold the fort alone. And speaking of solid, we also have Vincent D'Onofrio who is every inch as imposing and magnetic as we have come to expect from this veteran thespian.

Based on the classic TV series of the same name (1977-83), it's about the adventures of two California Highway Patrol cops. But it's not the eighties anymore, so we get currently widespread type of raunchy mainstream comedy with some action.

If you want to measure the general style of the story and also the nastiness of the dialogue, you should check out the Red Band trailer, for example. It is not able to effectively share the quite enjoyable buddy comedy vibe „CHIPS" has during most of its running time, but you do get an idea if you would like to see some more of it.

The result is probably most enjoyable for the little teenage boy in all of us, with plenty of cursing, light violence and sex- or body- related jokes. If you can't catch their wave, you will probably be a little tired when the end comes.

I actually enjoyed most of this raunchy silliness although I felt that the ending felt a bit rushed and half-hearted.

It's easy to imagine that the success of „21 Jump Street" movies made pitching the project and gathering the money for „CHIPS" easier for Shepard & Co.

The projects are quite similar: old and loved TV series turned into modern American comedy, two likable guys in the middle of it all, verbally sparring, punching and shooting their way to glory.


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