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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.

Director:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ponch: She ate my butt.
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Crazy Credits

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


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California Love
Written by Roger Troutman, Larry Troutman, Ronnie Hudson, Mikel Hooks, Joe Cocker and Chris Stainton
Performed by Tupac Shakur (as 2Pac) featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
Courtesy of Death Row Records
By arrangement with BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
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Chips (2017)
13 June 2017 | by rockman182See all my reviews

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.

6/10


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