WARNING: The following review contains spoilers, I’m telling you now so you don’t pretend to be outraged later.
I’m still trying to figure out why this is a CHiPs movie in the first place; I mean it has nothing to do with the show whatsoever outside of the cameo from Erik Estrada that we all knew was coming. I guess someone thought they could sell a name and break even. This film had everything working against it. It is a remake, bad reviews from the jump, low brow humor, written and directed by Dax Shepard, I could have just given this one star and saved my time, you would have never known the difference. But I saw it and honestly…didn’t hate it, wasn’t good but I didn’t hate it, so there’s that.
CHiPs stars Michael Pena stars as an FBI agent in hot water after he shoots his partner in a sting gone wrong. So he relocated to Los Angeles (which has tons of beautiful women as the film will tell you multiple times) to look into corruption with the California Highway Patrol. His new partner, played by Dax Shepard, is an ex-motocross star with the broken down body of a 90-year-old man. He takes a job with the Patrol in order to win back the love of his wife who clearly wants nothing to do with him. Together they tackle a group of dirty cops within their division robbing armored trucks.
I might have to start going into these movies with low expectations because I was surprised that I enjoyed this film for the most part. Dax Shepard and Michael Pena are extremely likable and their chemistry works. This is definitely a guy film so you will have cries of sexism because there is hot women and talks of yoga pants. BTW if anyone tries to tell you eating ass is the new standard, just remember ass cancer is on the rise amongst the target demographic of this movie. This isn’t the comedy of the year or even a smash hit, it just isn’t as bad as I thought it was. Dax Shepard put a lot of effort into this film and overall it was a decent effort. The chemistry works, the jokes are hit and miss, and Vincent D’Onofrio is never a waste of a film. CHiPs may have nothing to do with the original by it is a good movie to rent.
OFFICIAL RATING: **