Title: CHiPs: Law and Disorder
Director: Dax Shepard
Run time: 1hr 40m
“Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job — inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.”
2:43 – Didn’t realise this was a Dax write, direct and star feature.
4:23 – The “oh-s**t” handles.
6:41 – Shoot the hostage, right?
9:16 – “I’m on a pharmaceutical regimen that helps a lot.”
12:47 – Beard sticking out of the bottom of a helmet looks odd.
16:24 – Handsome and symmetrical.
19:33 – The company is called Panda Produce, no way are they up to bad things.
22:52 – Unicorns do not equal cats.
27:46 – “It’s your word choice. It’s like you’re three beers too intimate.”
30:07 – His version of mic drop is just to ride off on his bike.
31:06 – Is that the now-finished bridge from Speed?
31:37 – “Turn down the f**ing Toto.”
39:29 – Blue sunglasses, yellow sunglasses, what other colours can we have?
48:12 – “You’ve got a curtain on, bro.”
49:10 – Definitely some double standards in terms of male/female pixelation here.
55:01 – “Hates koala bears.”
1:07:10 – Oh I get it, cos selfie sticks are bad, right?
1:12:31 – Love the partner being shot in the other shoulder.
1:16:43 – “I’m sorry that I shot you… again.”
1:24:58 – He has a great outlook, even if he’s a bit simple.
1:33:09 – “Where we’re going we don’t need doors.” Hmmm.
The trailer made this look kinda funny but also kinda rubbish, so that’s what I was expecting and that’s exactly what it was. It’s clearly just a vanity project for Shepard, wrote it, directed it, starred in it, did all his own motorcycle stunts, and I think it suffers a little from that. It’s uneven throughout, the pacing and the shoe-horned in jokes that don’t quite fit.
There are some good moments, and so the real conclusion can only be that it’s not a great film at all but I mostly enjoyed watching it.