A high-tempo’d comedy centering around a rookie highway patrol officer, Jon Baker (Dax Shepard), who is teamed with a hard-edged pro, Frank Poncherello aka Ponch (Michael Pena), despite not knowing that his new partner is actually an undercover FBI agent that is involved in the heist of a large amount of corrupt cops. A really entertaining and genuinely funny at times movie that is worth the one-hundred and one minute runtime. It’s worth noting that this review was based solely on the movie I watched at the time and not the TV series that this is known for.
Director: Dax Shepard
Writers: Rick Rosner
Starring: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena
The filmmakers did a great job in pairing two pretty polar opposites together, while making their relationship blossom at the same time in the background. With a mutual interested in taking down criminals, they seemed to bounce off each other extremely well as characters.
In comedies such as this, you rarely get extensive character development, but we got just enough to care about both officers in this one – probably more so for Baker, who was finding it extremely difficult to move on from his ex-wife. Ponch did well enough to open his partners eyes on more than one occasion and perhaps more importantly the pair had enough chemistry to keep the movie interesting throughout. The supporting cast also seemed to do well with their allocated roles – Vincent D’Onofrio played Ray Kurtz, Adam Brody played Clay Allen and Roza Salazar played Ava Perez, the eventual new love interest of Jon. None of which looked out of place.
For sure, Chips contained some typical comedy cliches but not many comedies of this nature, don’t? The story and plot were pretty straight forward and somewhat predictable, but the satisfying ending won’t leave you unhappy, which I saw as a strength.
It was designed to make you laugh throughout and it did a solid job of that, but there wasn’t anything extremely memorable about the comedy on a whole and it’s certainly not one you’ll be rushing out to tell a friend about. All in all, a fairly enjoyable couple of hours that didn’t put any shame on its genre. It’s also worth noting that Chips is currently streaming on Netflix.
“If you’re homophobic or whatever, that’s cool.”Jon Baker – Chips