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.”
2:43 - Didn’t realise this was a Dax write, direct and star feature. 4:23 - The “oh-st” 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 fing 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.