When a sex addicted federal agent named Ponch (Michael Pena) loses credibility with his boss, he is forced to take backseat roll in an investigation involving some crooked cops. When he goes undercover as a California Highway Patrol officer to investigate, he is forced to partner up with a rookie and former motocross star John (Dax Shepard). While fresh to the streets of LA and using the job as a means to win the heart of his wife (Kristen Bell) back, John soon learns that Ponch is more than just a regular officer and that he’s actually an agent looking into a heist.
Both written and directed by star Dax Shepard, CHIPS brings almost nothing new to the table when it comes to investigate crime comedies. It’s R-rating allows for some ridiculous antics to occur including, but not limited to, a partner’s balls to his other partner’s face, but most of that humor falls flat. Also, the story follows a pretty cookie cutter plot so there isn’t much that’s left to surprise you outside of potentially one or two individuals that may or may not be involved in the heist.
Even with a shoddy script, some of the actors try to make the best of the situation. I love Michael Pena because he managed to make most things funny. While he was the hard, experienced cop in the film, his flaws were spectacularly funny. His overconfidence in his ability to ride a motorcycle well and his undying love for yoga pants were pretty much the only reasons why I put up with the rest of the movie. Dax Shepard is rarely good and Vincent D’Onofrio’s villainous Ray Kurtz feels like a character I’ve already seen him play.
Based on a television series of the same name, CHIPS is an R-rated action comedy with many ups and downs, but mostly downs. There isn’t a whole lot more I can say about the film because the action scenes were average and mildly entertaining, the humor misses way more than it hits, and the story follows the exact arc you’d expect it to once you get 20 minutes into the film. Put simply, CHIPS is a forgettable comedy that only warrants your time if you’ve got absolutely nothing else to watch on a rainy day.
As for the Blur-ray itself, the packages comes with a DVD and digital copy of the film so that every format is covered. There are a handful of special features as well which are detailed below which dive into the fast motorcycles, the comparisons to the original CHiPs series, the chase sequences and other extra bits.
– This is Not Your Dad#s CHiPs
– Practical Pursuit
– Ducati: The Perfect Bike
– Director#s Commentary
– Deleted Scenes
CHIPS is now available on Digital and Blur-ray/DVD from Warner Bros Home Entertainment