770. CHiPs

Background info

Title: CHiPs: Law and Disorder
Director: Dax Shepard
Year: 2017
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.”

Live blog

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.

Conclusions

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.

Rating: 2/5.

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