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Running Time:
1 hr. 41 min.

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for crude sexual content, graphic nudity, pervasive language, some violence and drug use.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
It's never very funny, and the action is a chaotic mess. Drunken guys may chuckle, but everyone else should steer clear.

Additional Info:
Michael Peņa ... Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello
Dax Shepard ... Jon Baker
Jessica McNamee ... Lindsey Taylor
Adam Brody ... Clay Allen
Ryan Hansen ... Brian Grieves


Like the original series, CHIPS has Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello paired up as motorcycle cop partners in the California Highway Patrol. But in writer-director Dax Shepard’s version, the twist is Ponch (Michael Peña) isn’t the same ladies’ man as Erik Estrada’s original character. Instead, he’s a cocky undercover federal agent who also happens to struggle with sex addiction. When he’s not shooting his ex-partner (a very funny Adam Brody) in the shoulder to snag the bad guy behind him, he’s getting frisky around Los Angeles. (It gets downright perverted.)

Meanwhile, Baker (Shepard) is far from being the goody two-shoes country boy Larry Wilcox played back in the day. Shepard shapes the character to be a heightened version of himself — someone who’s good behind anything with a motor and a thrill-seeker who has two dozen scars from X Games-related activity to prove it. However, because of his multiple injuries as a former pro motorbiker, his wife’s (Shepard’s real-life spouse Kristen Bell) interest in him begins to fade.

Shockingly, Shepard gives each of the characters some depth and reason for being a part of the force. While Baker is trying to win back his wife’s affection by sporting a uniform and busting bad guys like her father did, Ponch is working his way to the top by investigating a multimillion-dollar heist that might be an inside job for the CHP. (Vincent D’Onofrio as intense lawman Vic Brown looks extra suspicious.)

Compared to the CHiPs series, this version is very much its own thing. The comedy is rude, crude, and whenever Ponch is on screen — whether he’s observing two men’s genitalia touching in the locker room or discussing his mellow time in the bathroom — it gets marvelously foul-mouthed. Yet while the humor is definitely adult in nature, it contains a good mix of physical comedy and playful jokes that stick.

So if you leave your preconceptions at the door and just enjoy CHIPS for what it is — good, silly fun — you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised by how much you will enjoy it.

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