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CHIPS (2017) Online
Original Title :
CHIPS
Genre :
Movie / Action / Comedy / Crime
Year :
2017
Directror :
Dax Shepard
Cast :
Michael Peña,Dax Shepard,Vincent D'Onofrio
Writer :
Rick Rosner,Dax Shepard
Budget :
$25,000,000
Type :
Movie
Time :
1h 40min
Rating :
6.0/10

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.

CHIPS (2017) Online

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

Dax Shepard did most of his own stunts, including the stoppie during the training test.

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."

Dax Shepard originally envisioned the film to be a big budget take with a PG-13 rating. Due to budget cuts after signing on, he chose to make the film with an R-rating.

Dax Shepard initially wanted Brad Pitt to play the villain.

In real life, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are married with kids.

Parts of the theme music from the original television show CHiPs are used throughout as background music.

Theme music from the TV show S.W.A.T. plays when the S.W.A.T. vehicle makes an appearance.

Dax Shepherd, Kristen Bell and Ryan Hansen all worked together previously on the movie 'Hit & Run' where Dax and Kristen play a couple again.

Kristen Bell and Ryan Hansen worked together on the TV show Veronica Mars (2004) and in the movie Veronica Mars (2014).

Screenwriter and star Dax Shepard, specifically wrote the role of his wife Karen, for his real life wife and mother of his two daughters Kristen Bell.

Dax Shepard, Josh Duhamel and Kristen Bell previously acted together in Kõik algas Roomas (2010).

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

The line from Back to The Future ("Roads. Where we're going we don't need roads.") is paid homage to when Punch drives out of the barn. A trail of flames from the car tyres can also be seen coming out the barn.

Jessica McNamee also played a Chicago police officer in Sirens (2014).

Ed Begley Jr. And Kristen Bell have previously appeared together in season 3 of Veronica Mars

Jason Ellis: one of the stunt men Dax Shepard punches. In a later segment on Ellis' radio show, Ellis told Shepard that he would've been very upset if he'd waited around for hours, only to have Shepard pull his punches.

Erik Estrada: The actor who played Ponch in the TV show appears here as the paramedic who treats Ponch and Jon in the final scene.

On the second day of filming, Dax Shepard performed his nude scene, when Ponch throws him in the bathtub (his genitalia was censored).

Dax Shepard, Mae Whitman and Rosa Salazar previously acted together in NBC's Parenthood (2010).


User reviews

Kirizius

Kirizius

All too often people like to rag on movies like this. Not every movie to hit the cinema will be Oscar worthy, Not every movie will be written with a story that will move you to tears or challenge your thinking. Set your expectations for the movie you will see and you are less likely to be disappointed.

Chips is an entertaining cop buddy flick, rated R and has some adult humor. Both Pena and Shepard play their parts well and along the way the movie pokes fun at itself and the genre. There are plenty of laughs to be had here and overall the movie went at a steady pace. There is nothing ground breaking in it but I wanted a laugh, I got a laugh. Hopefully it does well enough at the box office to get a sequel.
Shakagul

Shakagul

As a preface, I have never seen an episode of the original show; I knew Estrada was in it and that's all. So, if you're a fan of the series, I cannot say whether you will enjoy this film (though based on other reviews I've read, it seems unlikely).

What I can tell you is that I had low expectations and just wanted a laugh. Dax Sheppard's films have always been hit-or-miss for me. When I bought the tickets, I wasn't even aware that it was rated R.

I was very pleasantly surprised! My friend and I both laughed non-stop at the off-the-wall humor. The success of the jokes was in the delivery - often very deadpan and unexpected. Some reviewers complained about the sex addiction/masturbation jokes, but I found them hilarious due to Sheppard's sincere concern and Peña's awkward embarrassment.

As a motorcyclist, I very much enjoyed all the bike action and liked that they kept it relatively realistic (but don't look for realism as a general rule; that's not what comedy is about) regarding the necessary skills (Ponche thought he could match Baker and was sorely mistaken) and the comparative speed of a lightweight sport bike vs. the clunky cruisers. I also loved that, when they upgraded to sport bikes themselves, they wore proper full-body riding gear instead of promoting riding in street clothes as most films do.

In short: this is a riot, not an Oscar-winner. Go for laughs, not for a serious cop film.
Goodman

Goodman

The 1970s "CHiPs" television show was a likable, if somewhat goofy and cheesy, series. Though I have a little soft spot for the show, I can see that the idea of making a modern day movie spoof of the series was promising. But try telling that to the movie's star/writer/director Dax Shepard.

His first (and prime) mistake was making this movie extremely raunchy and violent. The idea of having everything from graphic sex scenes to bloody decapitations simply doesn't fit with what was originally a family friendly show. This material feels just wrong.

Well, maybe this R-rated material could have worked had it been funny, but that's where Shepard's second mistake comes. The movie is simply not that funny at all. I only found two or three gags to be somewhat amusing in the entire 100 minute running time. Shepard seems to feel that simply showcasing raunchy and violent material is automatically funny, but it isn't.

The third mistake Shepard makes is with the story and characters. There is almost NOTHING about the television show in this movie. Sure, the movie has CHP officers named Ponch and Jon, but that's it. The television show had more regular characters, for one thing.

If you want to see a comic spoof of the old TV show, look for MAD Magazine's take instead of watching this ill-advised feature film.
Ausstan

Ausstan

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.
Mora

Mora

Sometimes I have a hard time rating movies, and more specifically comedies. Because comedies generally try to do nothing other than make you laugh, it's easier to let plot and character development (etc) slide, as you might not with other genres of movies. This is the typical R rated comedy of this day and age - over the top, raunchy comedy that focuses mostly on human anatomy jokes. If you hate those movies, avoid it at all costs. If you like them, then you'll probably like this.

At the screening I saw this at just about everyone after the film was talking about how they liked it, and there was certainly a lot of laughter in the theater throughout the movie.

This movie had a few moments of truly laugh out loud hilarity, outside of those few moments the rest of the comedy was there, but it was pretty generic.

Look, you know what type of movie this is (raunchy comedy). If you go to the theater and drop your $ and don't like it, that's on you.
Jek

Jek

Being one of my favorite TV shows from my child hood I was dreading this remake, but if you let go of the past you will enjoy this movie for what it is and its just light fun with some really funny moments.

Plot wise its pretty predictable but is was not 2 hours of my life wasted and in the end I enjoyed the new CHIPS.

Ignore the critic wannabe's and give it a go, just don't expect anything from the 80's or that will make you think.
Sirara

Sirara

I was never a great fan of the 1970s show CHIPS. Most of my peers liked it a lot and I could see why because it was a fairly likable show featuring a couple of fairly likable characters played by a couple fairly likable actors. The downside was that like so much American television from the period it gets a little bit preachy , but apart from that it was a likable show featuring a couple of likable characters in the California Highway Patrol in a likable American TV show

"Hey Theo can you use any other adjectives apart from likable ? otherwise this comment will end up becoming unlikable"

Sorry to bring irony in to this comment but you can see the point I'm making. When I saw the trailer I thought "Why does Hollywood continually remake popular TV shows as crude comedies that have nothing in common with the source material ? " Well one reason might be cynical capitalism where they know they're fleecing the public. By the time bad word of mouth spreads the damage and the profits are done so nothing else matters

If you've seen the trailers you'll be scracting your head what this film has in common with the TV show CHIPS. It contains toilet humour , gay jokes and other near the knuckle humour . If nothing at least the trailer is accurate . Within the first ten minutes I'd lost count of the number of F and S words featured so much so I thought I was watching a Scorsese movie. On top of that the humour is dreadful featuring toilet humour , sexual jokes about someone's wife and ... well stuff that 15 year old boys would consider juvenile . Some people might enjoy this but I found it a genuinely unlikable film
Watikalate

Watikalate

Remember 21 Jump Street (2012)? Boy that was a fun movie. In many ways it was the perfect meta-commentary of the type of low-stakes, low-rent, low-brow crap Hollywood has been throwing at us recently like chimps in a mismanaged zoo. Literally anything and I mean anything with even a modicum of franchise potential is being made and remade and remade again these days. Thus when 21 Jump Street (based on a soapy cheap-looking TV show) reared its ugly head, I for one was clenching for an awful night at the cinema.

In many ways I was expecting something like Chips, i.e. an ill-conceived, aged and offensive grotesquery that at best is a watered down version of literally everything you've already seen. Remember all those completely forgetful Martin Lawrence clones that were hammered out one-by-one in the early 2000's? Me neither; how about those equally forgettable Kevin Hart movies? Okay, getting warmer. Well imagine that plus a big fat layer of tepid, lazy direction and you got the basic ingredients for what should honestly be renamed "Bullchips." Chips was directed, written and stars Dax Shepard who you may remember as the dude in Without a Paddle (2004) who was not Matthew Lillard or Seth Green. Here he plays Jon Baker, an over-the-hill Motocross athlete who, according to co-star Michael Pena, is "always two-beers too familiar." He's the typical California "dude" who's far too self-involved to notice he's a walking, talking stereotype. Or at least he is until the script asks him not to be.

Speaking of stereotypes, Michael Pena takes the place of the rambunctious Erik Estrada as Poncherello. In this universe he's an undercover FBI Agent searching for dirty cops, stolen loot and California dimes willing to give it up to the "Ponch". While it's easy to say Pena is the best part of this movie; saying that would be like complimenting the only cylinder firing on a broken motor.

Chips is based off the famed 1970's TV show which ran from 1977 until 1983. As you would expect from something that hasn't been figuratively opened since the 70's, this film is a festering gob of unrecognizable gunk. The police procedural portions of the film are rote and redundant while the duo-building moments of banter reek, of awkwardness and fragile male egoisms that haven't been funny since the Reagan Administration. Yet there they are, on the screen just begging audiences to laugh as Baker and Ponch discuss at length the preference and frequency of night-long a**-licking.

Aside from the film's boorish leads, Chips has a hard time communicating who or what we should actually care about. The audience is made aware of who our bad guys are long before our leads do, yet the film goes through so many airless, dimensionless minutes trying to coax our heroes in the right direction. Then the film goes into fruitless avenues to play out juvenile bits for the sake of little or no information pertinent to the story. Then, to add insult to injury they flip through a Highway Patrol database and randomly point to their bad guy because of nothing more than a mean look.

It gets worse. Shepard's Baker for example takes a lot in stride – His wife's obvious infidelity, his advanced age, Ponch's bathroom habits etc. He takes it all in stride with the exception of his work which he takes on with the vigor of a newly endowed meter maid. It's supposed to be a reoccurring joke yet because the movie is so shoddily edited there are so many, either setups that are never executed or comedic payoffs that seem to come out of nowhere. Then they simply drop it in favor of Ponch's romance, I guess with a fellow officer (Bock)? Through all the mired, half-realized nonsense, only one thing remains clear – Chips was trying, trying to follow the exact same playbook as 21 Jump Street. Yet while 21 Jump had the rare quality of being reliably absurd and self-referential, this thing is just a vulgar, incompetent mess with little worthwhile to say other than "watch out for yoga pants!"
Light out of Fildon

Light out of Fildon

I was looking forward to a movie being made for the hit TV show CHIPS for a long time, and fast forward to 2017...the wait is over, it's finally happened. It's here! CHIPS is a major motion picture! Oh, wait, major? How is anything coming from Dax anything major? This movie is a hollow, shallow, damn near UNWATCHABLE film to date. The best scenes of the movie are clearly in the trailer. The rest of the movie? Picture an entire train without any train tracks, and try to picture it trying to move. Doesn't work, eh? Neither does anything in this movie. The casting was bad, there is absolutely no story ( I'm not kidding, there is NOTHING to see here), and the film was incredibly boring. The hour and forty minute running time, it's going to feel like over 2 hours, trust me...this film was that boring. Unnecessary violence, unnecessary nudity, and unnecessary shootings...makes a very unnecessary movie to be made. If you're going to do it, do it right, dammit! I like Dax, but he was out of his league on this one...he's the same age as me, he was born in the 70's, he didn't live through it! If anyone is entitled to make a film after a beloved show, it should be done by someone who will be faithful to the adaption of the series, and who can argue with that? I actually got distracted after an hour of this atrocious waste of time, and was more entertained with the cheerful baby sitting in the seat with her parent next to me...it reminded me of the "Baby Food" episode from the TV show CHIPS, and actually made me sad of how bad we've steered off the Hollywood track. I appreciate and love classic TV, it should be respected, and if crap like this keeps slipping through the ass cracks of Hollywood itself, I'm done going to the show altogether. Thumbs down, Dax...next time, let's see if Kristen Bell is a little better with the writing and directing.
Eyalanev

Eyalanev

Greetings again from the darkness. In a Hollywood self-congratulatory world that considers sequels, reboots and remakes as creative projects; and imitation as the most sincere form of flattery … not to mention the safest hedged bet … it's not in the least surprising that we now have a film version of "CHiPs", a lightweight and popular TV show that ran from 1977 through 1983. What should be surprising is that a studio entrusted Dax Shepard with the ultimate slash role of Director/Writer/Producer/Actor for this contemporary version.

Of course, as with film versions of "21 Jump Street" and "Starsky and Hutch", the target audience isn't really those who watched the original TV series, but rather the group of big-spending millennials who seem to thrive on raunchy humor, while placing minimal value on a coherent or interesting story. Buddy cop films that blend tense drama, wise-cracking partners and eye-widening action have long been popular, with the jewel of the genre being Lethal Weapon. This latest entry does nothing to threaten the now 30 year reign of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

Dax Shepard stars in his own film as Jon Baker, now reinvented as a former X-games motorcycle champ who is attempting to save his long-fizzled marriage by becoming a cop. The rookie's partner is undercover FBI Agent Frank "Ponch" Poncherello played by Michael Pena. Each has their own personal issues: Jon is addicted to prescription painkillers, and Ponch struggles to control certain urges … and unfortunately for viewers, the two spend an inordinate amount of time discussing these issues.

The crime wave they are attempting to bust involves a corrupt cop. Seeing that Vincent D'Onofrio is in the cast immediately takes away any mystery about the bad guy's identity, but were there any doubt, the film exposes him in the first action sequence. After that comes the onslaught of verbal sparring, explosions, gunplay and one especially gory moment.

With Dax Shepard at the helm, we understand going in that the raunchy humor faucet will be fully open. Topics covered in one-liners, gags and recurring themes include: homophobia, sexting, masturbating, bowel movements, marriage therapy, d**k jokes, prescription drugs, paparazzi, and yoga pants. But seriously, how many "eating a**" jokes does one movie need? It's a topic that goes from uncomfortable to unnecessary pretty quickly.

Cars and bikes are vital here, though it seems that the motorcycle stunts could have been jazzed up a bit, and we certainly expected more cameos than the mandatory one near the end. The original series thrived on being 'tongue in cheek', and Mr. Shepard's version brings new meaning to the phrase. The opening credits state "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all." It's an understandable stance.
Beardana

Beardana

At least 3 occasions I almost walked out, but my wife wanted to suffer through to the end so we stayed. This was the typical "cop- buddy" comedy, with one key difference from say the Starsky and Hutch remake: It was not funny at all.

When I say not funny at all, I did not even crack a smile, and found myself looking at my watch. The plot is totally ridiculous, and the jokes were primarily about Ponche's sex addiction where he has to masturbate in public bathrooms, yes I am not kidding. Another theme is about Ponche's fetish about eating women's butts, clean or dirty. Yes, I am not kidding. That was a central plot line.

Then there is John Baker his partner. He is basically portrayed as a opiate pill head who drives his bike high on opiates who has not taken a dump in weeks.

Then there is the "hilarious" sequence where Ponch keeps crashing his motorcycle. Here again, it just was not funny.

I guess if you are a teenager you might find the non stop bathroom/sexual stuff funny. I just cannot fathom how any adult could walk out of the theater with any other impression than they just wasted 2 hours of their life.
LONUDOG

LONUDOG

Don't listen to the bad reviews. This movie was funny and wild; pure entertainment. Solid plot, great one-liners, excellent cast. The action scenes do not disappoint. This movie is thoroughly engaging from start to finish. It's just a comedy, it's not trying to win an award. Sit back, relax, and laugh.
Hucama

Hucama

*Minor Spoilers Ahead* An FBI agent (Michael Pena) is facing discipline from his superiors at the Miami office. He worked as an undercover operative in a gang that robbed a bank but while they were being rounded up, they took one of the agents Clay Allen (Adam Brody) hostage. Instead of dealing with the criminal, he shoots him through Allen. He also mentions that he banged the guy's wife while the criminal is being arrested. Back at the office, he's berated by his boss Peterson (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) for being reckless and possibly being a sex addict. He tells him that he needs some time away from Miami and that they'd been contacted by the California Highway Patrol about getting some help from the Bureau. There's been a rash of armoured car robberies by gangs on motorcycles in Los Angeles. They think there's some inside help for the gang and they could possibly be looking for a mole. The agent seems excited until he finds out his undercover name is Francis Poncherello.

His partner is a rookie named Jon Baker (Dax Shepard). Baker's impressive riding a motorcycle (he's a former competitive motocross champion and he's had several surgeries from crashing to prove it) but he's not very good at much else. He means well and his earnestness wins over the department into graduating him into the CHP on a probationary period. He's excited to tell his wife Karen (Kristen Bell) but they've been separated for more than a year and she doesn't seem too interested in what he's up to. Between the two of them, they have to solve these robberies and root out the corruption plaguing the CHP.

Most people know Dax as an actor (I remember him from Without a Paddle) but he's actually directed movies before (Brother's Justice and Hit and Run). I really didn't like Hit and Run but the note I took from that movie was that he knew how to create some gorgeous shots of cars and car chases. He continues that here and while the action scenes aren't superhero flashy, they feature some pretty solid riding and some almost pornographic sequences of these beautiful motorcycles and what they can do. It was one of the better parts of the movie and it shows that you don't have to have a gigantic budget to entertain action movie junkies.

You don't really expect extensive character development in a comedy. It can be one of those things that's a nice touch but it's rarely essential. CHIPS wasn't an especially deep movie but I did like the friendship that eventually formed between Ponch and Baker. I actually felt sorry for Baker despite the fact he was useless in essential functions of his job. He's oblivious to the situation he faces and it takes someone like Ponch to open his eyes just enough to comprehend what's going on. Shepherd and Pena play off each other well enough and you don't mind following them through this story.

I'm a really big fan of some of the actors/actresses in this cast. Michael Pena is one of those guys that can cross genres and always improves the quality of something he's in. Shepherd also has his own kind of laid-back charm. I think that neither of them are bad in this movie but their performances suffer from the tonal inconsistencies that CHIPS has. Neither of them are really "the straight man" or the normal person you see in a buddy-cop movie. They both go from regular guys to goofy bros on a dime and it fluctuates completely from scene to scene. Both of them are funny here but neither of them are consistent or really hilarious. I did like some of the actors/actresses in the supporting parts. Rosa Salazar, Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody and Isiah Whitlock are all decent in their respective parts. Kristen Bell was good in here small part as well. I really like Vincent D'Onofrio and I felt bad for him. He showed up to work and delivers a solid dramatic performance but he seems like he's in a different movie. He's completely serious when everyone else is cracking [email protected]% jokes.

Other than the flip-floppy tone of CHIPS, the other reason I didn't spot it more points is that it wasn't that funny. I did laugh a little throughout the movie but there wasn't anything really memorable about the comedy or lines I'm going to be quoting later. Most of the funny bits are spoiled in the trailer and while I never got angry, the humour gets pretty juvenile (the movie comments on homophobia but it has a few gay jokes that seem questionable). They also play certain jokes out a little too long like Ponch's weakness for yoga pants or the fact that John can't deal with the smell of someone else's house.

I wanted to see this movie but it was hard not to get scared off by the other reviews that people were putting online. Having seen CHIPS, this could have been a lot worse. It's hard to organically weave real drama into a movie that's trying to be funny and vice-versa so I appreciate the movie trying but it came up a little short. I do think this is a step up for Shepherd and his movies seem to be getting better as he continues his career as a director. The movie this reminds me of is Keeping Up With the Joneses. There are better comedies out there but if you can keep expectations low, you might end up liking this.
Uylo

Uylo

It's clear to everyone that the creators of this stupid movie were ripping off the concept of 21 Jumpstreet, i.e. do a raunchy parody movie of a more serious cop movie from 20+ years ago. This idea of doing parody gross out movies targeting 14 year old boys from an original source material that was far more serious (Starsky and Hutch, 21 Jumpstreet, CHiPs) has been in vogue the past 10-15 years.

21 Jumpstreet although pretty mental in it's own right and to a lesser extent Starsky and Hutch from 2004 had something that CHiPs does not, likable lead actors. Sure Michael Pena is highly likable, but sorry Dax Shepard is not. Dax Shepard is a weasel. Starsky and Hutch had Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson at their prime and in top form in 2004, they were very likable back then. 21 Jumpstreet had the hunky and likable Channing Tatum paired with the very likable Jonah Hill. CHiPs is a really gross and stupid movie that tries hard to be hip and cool but fails miserably. In an alternate universe Wilmer Valderrama made a more serious CHiPs movie playing Ponch in 2007. Remember when that project was supposed to be a go? Forget this trash and either stick with the original series, wait for a real comedy, or another sequel to 21 Jumpstreet.
Adorardana

Adorardana

This movie was absolutely appalling. In fact it went beyond bad to be absolutely sickening. When I first heard about a remake of a classic eighties TV series (that I watched) I was a bit baffled, and somewhat disappointed, to discover that they had turned it into a comedy. Okay, there is remaking a classic series to make it somewhat more light hearted, and then there is completely butchering the memory of what was a really enjoyable series. This film basically falls into the second category. In fact I am glad that the film has actually received as bad a rating as it has (even though it isn't as bad as to satisfy me).

So, as I mentioned, the film is based on an old TV series about a couple of motorcycle cops in Los Angeles who are a part of the Californian Highway Patrol (hence the name Chips). Anyway, they have changed it a but to make Frank Poncherello an FBI agent on an undercover operation who also happens to be a sex addict. As for John Baker, well, he is an ex-motorcross rider whose marriage is on the rocks, and wants to impress his wife (who is, by the way, beyond impressing). However, both of these characters are pathetic, and Baker actually goes beyond pathetic to being absolutely putrefying. The guy literally made me sick.

As for the plot, well, there was one, but it was pretty pathetic as well. Mainly a couple of guys a robbing armoured trucks and it turns out that there are some people in the CHiPs squad that are helping them (which is why Poncherello has to infiltrate them). They do have a gun fight at the end, but it is really not all that fantastic. In fact the plot really didn't make all that much sense anyway, but then again that is to be expected from a movie as bad as this one.

Personally, I don't mind it when they do a remake, and sometimes they can be quite fun (though never anywhere near as good as the original), however this movie when beyond being bad to the point that it was just wrong on so many levels. In the end it basically completely ruined what was a half decent series. However, it makes me want to what the remake of 21 Jump Street just to see how that one turns out.
Onaxan

Onaxan

Why on earth they had to make this movie so vile. The amount of foul language. After 10 minutes we turned it off. Nothing like the original series. Utter rubbish and very, very POOR script. Some series are just best left alone, and Chips is one of them, if they cannot get the actors, or get a good script. I could think of two better actors to play the parts, and made it a 12A without all that foul language

Attention all units, Chips won't be returning in a minute!
Daizil

Daizil

A maverick motorbike racer reeling from a divorce and a California Highway Patrol cop who's secretly an FBI operative must overcome their personality clash and work together to uncover a major theft.....

The theft is obviously the budget that was spent on this film.

Dax Shepard is a name that strikes fear through me whenever I hear it. He's made some trash in the past, Hit and Run was a much as a crime as it's title, and although Employee Of The Month was a Dane Cook vehicle, his screen presence ruined every scene he was in.

This film came out of the blue. The trailer was dropped a few weeks before release, and here in the UK, there was zero marketing for the film.

And her's the reason why.

It's an abomination, totally misogynistic, Racist, Homophobic, politically incorrect, and about as poisonous as a supposed comedy can get.

When the height of humour is seeing Vincent D'onofrio working out, you know the writing is something that deserves to be put in a time capsule and buried, and years later, another generation will realise just how inept writing can be.

The film is incoherent, badly acted, and focuses on nothing more than peoples weaknesses and disabilities in order to gain a few laughs.

The screening in which I saw this monstrosity was a tumbleweed-esque place, not one snicker, guffaw, chortle, or any word that can describe expressing humour was heard.

There is no chemistry between the leads, not even real life couple Shepard and Bell, the latter whom should start considering not depending on her husband for roles.

If I see a poorer film this year, I will be shocked, because this atrocity deserves all the criticism it gets.

As Brando said after watching this.....'The Horror, The Horror'....
Pettalo

Pettalo

after watching the 80s TV show of chips that was clean humour but the new chips they have completely ruined it the old series did not have nudity or swearing in it at all they remade the a team that was good but this load of junk i i turned it off after the first few minutes because i didn't see the need for all the language
nailer

nailer

I found "Chips" in the comedy section on Netflix, and not being familiar with it, I decided to give it a watch as I do enjoy comedies.

I was familiar with some of the cast, so I had somewhat of a bit of notion of what to expect from the movie. And I will say that "Chips" rose to the occasion and really delivered top notch comedy entertainment. I was genuinely entertained throughout the course of the entire movie.

"Chips" was a good combination of comedy and action, as well as having a good character gallery, which really made the movie come to life. Especially so since it was characters that you instantly bonded with and took a liking to.

I must admit that I am not overly keen on Dax Shepard usually, but he was really great in this movie and really carried his role quite well. But for me, then it was Michael Peña who carried the movie with his hilarious performance, and he was so greatly cast for the role. But there were also lots of other good performances throughout the movie.

There are many funny scenes in the movie, and they had me laughing heartily throughout the course of the movie. And the chemistry between Shepard and Peña was just phenomenal, both as actors but also their on-screen characters.

"Chips" is a gem in the comedy genre, and one that definitely need more recognition because it is just through and through entertaining and funny.
Cordantrius

Cordantrius

Critics have called it a joke but, please remember TV shows and movies are comic books / cartoons done with real live actors. The stories often span months of time compressed into 90 minutes. This one did it well.

Constructive criticisms: 1. Not all cars explode when they are involved in a collision. 2. The film was over sexualized and the nudity was gratuitous 3. the violence was too comedic

The characters were likable but, it's doubtful this cast and crew will do a second movie or have it made into a TV series. Cost 25 million and returned only 18. It had it's share of plot holes and leaps. Still an enjoyable watch.
Gaua

Gaua

I had the chance to watch this on an airplane recently. Went in expecting a funny Starsky and Hutch mixed with Super Troopers style movie. The writing was atrocious, and the plot made no sense. The jokes were terrible -- neither my girlfriend nor I laughed once the entire movie. The dialog is also riddled with awful and obvious post-production dubbing of individual words. I've honestly never seen such a terrible movie come out of a major studio.
Topmen

Topmen

I liked the movie and thought is was super funny. Yeah, the plot was not that deep, but the movie is hilariously funny. If that means, as an adult, I'm not very mature, then I guess I'm not that mature. I like being able to go to the movies and not be all stiff necked and judgmental. Go see the movie!! You will laugh; however, you need to remove the stick up your butt first to do so.
Balhala

Balhala

This reminded me of garbage like 'Loose Cannons' or something like that. Ostensibly a comedy, but with few laughs, and lots of 'exciting' action scenes. There was only one single belly laugh - a physical comedy bit that, when compared to the dearth of humor in the rest of the film, just felt really easy and lazy, in spite of the laugh. Near every other attempt at humor in the film involved sex. I used to like Dax, but it seems every film that he's had a hand in writing or directing has been obsessed with sexual humor. Especially homosexual. He makes a lot of jokes about it, and just like in Hit & Run, he spends at least one long scene straining to make some ham-fisted point about homosexual acceptance. At least it was only one scene in this film, as opposed to Hit & Run. But OK, we get it. You think homosexuality is perfectly normal and we should all be cool and accept it. Stop hitting us over the head with it already. And get some help with your sex obsession and try to write some real humor next time.
Kanal

Kanal

"CHiPs" (R, 1:40) is early 2017's addition to the long list of feature films based on television series, a list that is full of movies that were tops, many that we flops… and more than a few with cops. The most common live action adaptation model is taking a classic TV drama which had a little comedy (or even no comedy), recast it and make a movie that's a comedy with a little drama in it, or take a comedy and amp up the humor (or try to). Examples include the "Addams Family", "Brady Bunch", "Jump Street" and "Naked Gun" franchises, plus "The Beverly Hillbillies", "Charlie's Angels", "Dark Shadows", "Dragnet" (1987), "Get Smart", "Maverick" and "Starsky and Hutch" (tops), "Bewitched", "Car 54, Where Are You?", "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle", "The Honeymooners", "Leave it to Beaver", "McHale's Navy" (1997) and "My Favorite Martian" (flops), "The A-Team", "The Dukes of Hazzard", "I Spy", "Veronica Mars" and "Wild Wild West" (somewhere in between). So, in which category does the adaptation of the late 1970s / early 1980s drama "ChiPs" belong? I'd say that whatever money it earns, it's way too much.

Michael Peña plays a Miami-based FBI agent who is assigned by his boss (Isaiah Whitlock Jr.) to go undercover and investigate the possibility that officers from within the California Highway Patrol are behind a string of brazen armored car robberies in Southern California. He assumes the identity of an experienced CHP officer named Francis Llewelyn Poncherello who is transferring from Redding to L.A. Oh, and he has a habit of shooting his partners to save them from dangerous situations, he's a sex addict and is accused of being a homophobe. (Are you laughing yet?) Dax Sheppard (who also wrote and directed) co-stars as Jon Baker, a rookie officer who was given the job on a probationary status, only because one of the trainers at the academy (Maya Rudolph) took pity on him – and because he rides motorcycles really well. Jon is a former BMX star who had to quit the sport because of the effects of his many injuries. He now pops pain pills like candy, rainy weather puts him in even more pain and he only wants to be a CHiP because women love men in uniform and he's trying to win back the affections of his estranged cheating wife (Kristen Bell – Shepherd's much more talented real life wife). (Laughing now?) There's tension between these two officers because of their different life styles and their differences in focus (Jon trying to successfully complete his undercover assignment and get laid as much as possible and Ponch trying to survive his probationary period by writing as many tickets as possible and have sex again with his beautiful wife, if that's at all possible), but they have to learn to work together to catch the bad guys. But there's no suspense here. It's made clear early on, so it's not even a spoiler to say that CHP officers are indeed behind the armored car robberies and their leader is Officer Ray Kurtz (Vincent D'Onofrio) whose main motivation seems to be to get enough money to move his heroin-addicted son (Justin Chatwin) someplace else (where there are no drugs?). The closest thing to suspense is whether this film can produce more than an occasional snicker from the audience. (Spoiler alert: It can't.) "CHiPs" is insulting to Movie Fans – and especially to those who are fans of the original TV series. This adaptation bears little resemblance to its source material in tone or content. Whoever agreed to let Dax Shepard write and direct this big screen adaptation should be arrested (by real cops, because Ponch and Jon would screw it up). Shepard's idea of character development is ludicrous, offensive and completely unfunny, while the things he has his characters say and do often make no sense. And that includes the character's motivations, such as Jon's obsession with winning back a wife with whom he has no chemistry. (Ironic, huh?) If you want to see Shepard and a few random women naked, then see this movie, but not if you like your comedies to actually make you laugh (unless poorly timed and poorly presented homoerotic humor, jokes about being oversexed and characters falling off motorcycles is your idea of funny). Early on, we read on the screen: "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all." I've never been with the CHP, but the MFC Facebook Page can't endorse this movie either. At all. "D"
zmejka

zmejka

If I could give this negative stars, I would! This has to be one of the dumbest movies of all time and CHIPS was an awesome television show.

I should have know that this would be nothing like the show given the fact that Dax wrote and directed it. Barf-o-rama! I wish these comedians would stop attempting to remake television shows that were awesome back in the day and turning them into a crap fest.