Juvenile humor, gratuitous nudity and a beheading…. I’m giving Chips a C.
A FBI Agent goes undercover in the California Highway Patrol as a motorcycle cop with a newbie partner. Dirty cops are holding up armored cars and it’s up to Francis 'Ponch' Poncherello and Jon Baker as well as the rest of the highway patrol to stop the bad guys.
Based loosely on the late 70’s TV show and written, directed and starring Dax Shephard as Jon Baker, this movie only uses the names and location from the original series. Although, there is a cameo of Erik Estrada. Jon Baker is a former X-Games star who must pop pain meds in order to get through a day after over twenty surgeries. He is sworn in as a patrol officer even though he didn’t really pass the assessments and his motivation for becoming a cop is to win his wife back.
Michael Peña plays Ponch, a risky agent who has a sex addiction. He doesn’t follow the rules and has been known to shoot his partners in order to get the bad guys. The undercover duty is his last chance to show his boss that he can “do it right”.
Filled with slapstick humor and potty jokes, Chips appeals to a younger audience. Many of the old fan base including Erik Estrada complained that this new version made a mockery of the original show. The police in the movie are obviously incompetent such as when Ponch who is undercover begins interviewing other police officers and the widow of the fallen officer, when he’s only a recent transfer. There were so many of those blatant inconsistencies to the way real police officers do their jobs.
If you go into dispelling reality and just enjoy the jokes, this movie will entertain. However, I would wait to catch it on rental or on Demand. Save the money.
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