CHiPS, or CHP, stands for California Police Department, and this is a buddy cop movie about a very organized and serious cop named Frank Ponch and palyed by Michael Pena. His buddy is someone brand new and got the job because of sympathy from the interviewer. Why? His name's Jon Baker and he's a motorbike performer who's had so many accidents and resulted scars that he's lost all supporters, even his wife Karen. Oh, and Jon's quite disorganized. He'll wake up at 9 or later while Frank has his alarm set before 5:30. But their differences aren't the story. There was a hit-and-run on the road and the police department now knows there are 5 corrupt cops somewhere
In my opinion, CHiPS is not as bad as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as no film I've seen this entire year has been, but it's nowhere along the lines of 21 Jump Street or Get Smart. I mean, it's alright. If I was forced to watch it again, I wouldn't need a melatonin and a sleep mask to prevent me from wanting to tear myself in half. It is also sometimes even a little funny, and manages to do the buddy-cop trend decently, both men flawed in different ways and showing that one is never always better than the other. The film also reaches a decent level of shock-thrills when a finger is shot off and a motorcyclist is completely decapitated. I also liked Jon Baker's addiction to pills, without anything to wash it down with. I don't know why I decided to include that. It's just a weird trend that's kind of different. And why it makes me long to see Baker try to stand up in the morning without them even though it's cruel I might never know.
Here's the main problem. CHiPS had potential to be a mystery. 5 rogue moles at the police department in one of the biggest cities ever? And to be fair, not all of them are immediately revealed, leaving you to enjoy being in the seat of the guessing game. Being in the seat is what good video games are for, after all. But the main antagonist we already know, and I can't help but feel the screenwriters could've come up with something to keep all the antagonists incognito. I would also say the beginning is a bit problematic. Poncherello performs an arrest, as it's his job to, but his method irritated me and reminded me of the awful twists in the Cherub novels.
And as expected from the trailer, there are some homophobia jokes. Kay, we get it, gay is seen as normal now, you can put it in a comedy movie without getting sued by the FCC, there are other ideas, you know. It also sort of portrays it as kinda disgusting. A few of its punches during the action scenes are pulled as well. But the thing is, this is a critically panned cop movie that has lots of loud noise, jokes aplenty and some stomping feet. This certainly isn't a critically acclaimed, slow and quiet movie like End of Watch, also starring Michael Pena, coincidentally. But I had more fun watching this movie than that one (and come to think of it, I gave End of Watch a C. Maybe a bit of a lower grade would be more suitable.) and I can see this becoming a guilty pleasure in the future. If it did some more polishing with its story and joke choices, I would've recommended it. And Chips is fine if you want something unboring, but that's all I can say, really. People will probably forget about this movie into next year.