California! Fast bikes! Lame jokes!
BQB here with a review of the schlock fest, “CHiPs.”
It seems like every old show of yesteryear is destined to be brought back as a parody today, and CHiPs, a 1970s-1980s show about a duo of California Highway motorcycle patrolmen is the latest victim.
In this go around, Dax Shepard plays Jon Baker, a motorcycle daredevil turned rookie patrol officer and Michael Pena plays Ponch, an FBI agent assigned to infiltrate CHiPs in order to expose corrupt cops within the unit.
The critics have lambasted this movie wholeheartedly. I have to admit, it is a movie that I could take or leave. To its credit, there were a few things I found funny that made me laugh, always a good sign of a comedy. However, by the end, I found myself fiddling with my phone and letting it play in the background, so it wasn’t able to capture my interest all the way through.
There are some cool bike chase scenes and part of me wonders if just a straight up serious film about California bike cops vs. crooks minus the comedy might have been more successful.
STATUS: Bordeline shelf-worthy. I laughed a couple of times but had I never rented it, I don’t think I would have missed much.