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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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
After the trailer debuted, a rumor stated that Erik Estrada, star of the original CHiPs (1977), blasted the trailer as "pure trash". Estrada later tweeted he never said that, and said, "Just watched the CHIPS trailer and laughed. Dax Shepard and Michael Peña are great. Cool stunts too." See more »
Near the end of the film there's a close up as Ray Kurz is shown tying motor officer's boots which only have laces for a few inches, at the instep of the boot. Later, when he shoots the girl in the swimming pool and a few moments later, when he walks up on Karen who is handcuffed to the post, he's wearing combat boots, which have laces all the way up to the top. Later on, in the fight scene in very last scenes of the film, he's back in motor boots. See more »
Creating feature length films from old TV series must be a popular thing to do these days. This year alone we get CHIPS and Baywatch, with both upping the adult content as opposed to the much more tame TV shows. I have not seen any of Dax Shepard's previous directional efforts, nor did I know that he was making films. Having not experienced the show, I thought the film had its moments but it can't avoid being generic or unoriginal.
The film is about two highway patrol officers who are very different from each other, and how they try to solve a case. One of them played by Michael Pena is an undercover FBI agent with a sex addiction and his partner is a former professional bike rider, whose long term injuries and relationship with his estranged wife plague him. I'm not sure if the original show has the similar basis for character personality but this and the chemistry between Pena and Shepard worked for me. I like the buddy cop relationship so I have no problem with it in film as long as its written well.
The chemistry between the leads is good and some of the back and forth between the two is done well. Michael Pena gives a refined performance and I wonder why he doesn't lead more often in film. Other than that the plot can be simplified, there's an over complication of moving pieces that detracts from the film hitting with comedic elements. There is sufficient action in the film, especially bike based chases. I didn't mind the adult humor in it as I find it better than something tame and PG-13.
The side characters aren't exactly built well. As I stated there are a lot of moving pieces and characters that come and go so its hard to really find out why people (especially the villainous group) are doing what they do. I will say though I like Kristen Bell in that bitchy uncaring role, the same of which she plays in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This was one of the first times that I was seeing Rose Salazar and I definitely want to see her in more things, she's beautiful. Overall, the film doesn't have much originality and doesn't really stand out in memory. However, a few laughs are provided and there was enough going to provide a few moments of fun. I don't see a sequel faring well based on the reception.
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