Dax Shepard writes, directs and stars in the action-comedy film, CHIPS that is a remake of the popular television show that aired from 1977 to 1983. Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Pina) is an FBI agent from Miami working undercover as a motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol. Ponch is sent to Los Angeles because an armored truck was robbed by guys on motorcycles and the FBI thinks it’s an inside job by the California Highway Patrol. Ponch is teamed up with Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) an ex-motocross champion who had so many accidents and surgeries, he chews opiates to control the pain. They make a great team because Jon is a great motorcycle rider and Ponch is street smart and knows the police part of the job. Of course, all isn’t perfect in the beginning, because Jon is obsessed and talking about his ex-wife Karen (Kristen Bell) and Ponch, has some sort of sexual addiction. (Yes, it’s as disgusting as it sounds.) Following several explosions motorcycle chases, and gunplay, the two do find out that CHIPS patrolman Vic Brown (Vincent D’onofrio) is running a crime ring from inside the CHIPS as expected. (No big surprise to everyone else.) I want to start off by saying this film bears little resemblance to the source material from the 70’s. It’s raunchy, gross, and full of human anatomy jokes. I could possibly overlook some of that if it’s funny, but it’s not. I wish I could say it all comes down to the script – which is awful – but it’s also the directing. Don’t expect to see the familiar family story that I was anticipating. (Thank goodness I didn’t take my parents.) In the beginning of the movie, there is the following disclaimer: “The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film.” This blind movie critic doesn’t either. I’m giving this piece of trash a D rating.
This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA