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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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Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank Ponch Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside-job inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker's unique bike skills and Ponch's street savvy it might just work...if they don't drive each other crazy first. Written by Warner Bros.

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

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24 March 2017 (USA)  »

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CHIPS: Patrulla Motorizada Recargada  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,722,802 (USA) (24 March 2017)

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$18,591,819 (USA) (19 May 2017)
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In real life, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell are married with kids. See more »

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At the end of the opening chase scene, the getaway car changes from a Chevy SS to a Chevy Malibu. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Louis C.K./The Chainsmokers (2017) See more »

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Bloody Well Right
Written by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson
Performed by Supertramp
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Dax the slash
23 March 2017 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

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.


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