Critic Consensus: CHiPS abandons the endearing innocence of its source material, using the titular cop show's premise as a setup for aggressively lowbrow gags that prove only mildly arresting at best.
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as Jon Baker
as Frank "Ponch" Poncherello
as Clay Allen
as Lindsey Taylor
as Brian Grieves
as Ava Perez
as Sgt. Hernandez
as Amy Hansen
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Critic Reviews for CHIPS
It is really no plot at all, merely a vehicle to allow Shepard and Pena to riff about kinky bedroom habits, homophobia and so on. Those flippant exchanges fluctuate from funny to flat.
Taken purely on its own, Chips is a wretched attempt at an action comedy. I can only imagine how it looks to viewers with emotional investment in the source material
A disclaimer reads "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film". It's hard to imagine anyone does.
The investigation is dull, the jokes dispiritingly flat-footed, with Ponch's sex addiction and squirminess over male intimacy supplying most of the setups for CHIPS's puerile humor.
Audience Reviews for CHIPS
Funny lead characters can't salvage a film that is missing a central storyline and carefully created jokes. The humour feels heavily forced and can't overcome some of the misfires that fill the film. Jokes are hard to develop and this film does manage to generate some, but it misses more often. This is much like Starsky and Hutch movie and that is not a good thing. That film failed to generate a decent storyline to service the running time, exactly the same as Chips. The film proves Shepard has the directing talent to tackle other projects, but he needs to service the story a little better and less interest in crude jokes. 23/12/2018.
Dax Shepard and Michael Peña star in the buddy cop comedy CHIPS. When a California Highway Patrol officer is killed by a band of robbers the FBI sends in an undercover agent to bring them down; but first he'll have to learn to get along with his fastidious rookie partner. Shepard and Peña have good comedic chemistry and give solid performances. However, the film goes a little overboard with the crude sexual and gross-out humor. And the plot is pretty formulaic and hits a lot of the usual tropes and clichés of cop films. CHIPS delivers some laughs, but ends up being generic and overly raunchy.
Looking at the other reviews and it's like I saw another movie, a decent buddy cop movie that uses an old premise as the set-up = standard Hollywood fare. Not Citizen Kane, but no reason for the ugly ragging this got. Shepard and Pena know their stuff and deliver the goods: some laughs, some action, some explosions, some booty. What's wrong with that?
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