CHiPs is a 2017 American action comedy buddy cop film written and directed by Dax Shepard, based on the 1977–1983 television series of the same name created by Rick Rosner. The film stars Shepard as Officer Jon Baker and Michael Peña as Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, with Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody and Vincent D’Onofrio in supporting roles.
This film is an attempt to bring back the fun of the late 70s to early 80s cop show CHiPs which started Eric Estrada & Larry Wilcox. Now you take away the light hearted, action, crime and drama with family viewers in mind and you bring in physical humour, low brow gags, crude jokes and nudity for the sake of nudity. Hey, if done well that stuff can work but it is just done wrong here. Still I thought the action sequences, bike and car chases and such were done well.
Tough guy FBI agent Castillo sent on an undercover job as a highway patrol officer in LA is partnered with a rookie cop, Jon Baker, who is the oldest rookie cop trying to make it as a cop and win back his wife who has lost interest in him after his glory days as a former freestyle motocross racer beginning a new career after his body has been left damaged by his sport. He is on a regimen of pain killers and is living in the guest house, after he and his wife separated when he lost his sponsors. Castillo’s undercover name is Frank “Ponch” Poncherello and he too is underfire for having shot his partner while apprehending a criminal. Despite his goofyness and being a rookie, Jon has astute observational skills and impresses his partner in a few days. The corrupt officers are seen being led by Lt. Ray Kurtz, who is stealing the money from armored cars to get his heroin-addicted son out of Los Angeles. Ponch argues with his new partner over whether Baker’s wife is unfaithful, while Baker gives Ponch unsolicited advice on what he perceives to be a sex addiction. Ponch is fired from the FBI when he ruins the investigation of another agent in which a suspect is killed.
However, he is sworn into the CHP when he and Baker identify the dead suspect as Ray Kurtz’ son. Kurtz sets a trap for them by kidnapping Baker’s wife. Baker knows it is a trap but persuades Ponch to go anyway, despite the fact that his wife has just sold their home without his approval. After successfully rounding up the gang of corrupt officers and killing Kurtz, Ponch decides to remain in the CHP.
The movie tanked at the box office and was panned by critics. I found a couple of scenes funny and the bike chases good. A 6 outta 10!