CHiPs (15)



Comedy (2017)
101mins US

Starring: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Jessica McNamee, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kristen Bell
Director: Dax Shepard
Writer(s): Dax Shepard
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Officer Jon Baker joins the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in a desperate attempt to repair his marriage to his wife Karen. He is partnered on the streets by hard-nosed Officer Frank Poncherello, an undercover FBI agent, who is determined to solve a multimillion dollar heist that he believes to be the work of a gang led by dirty cop Vic Brown. To the chagrin of Poncherello's long-suffering boss Peterson, Jon and Frank struggle to work together and they leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

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CHiPs (15)

Originally broadcast in the late 1970s, CHiPs was a lightweight police procedural drama that ran for six series and chronicled the exploits of two motorcycle officers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP). It was an undemanding soap opera on two wheels. Dax Shepard's supposedly comical reboot of this curiosity might be clad in the same snug-fitting tan police uniforms, and features a toe-curling cameo from lead actor Erik Estrada, but similarities come to a screeching halt there. "The California Highway Patrol does not endorse this film. At all," declares the opening title card. Nor do I, nor should any creature on this planet with a pulse because CHiPs is one of the most relentlessly offensive and reprehensible films I have had the misfortune to witness...

CHiPs. Copyright: 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC. Caption: Michael Pena and Dax Shepard star in CHips, directed by Dax Shepard. Photo: Peter Iovino. All Rights Reserved.Shepard's staggeringly misjudged script adopts a goofy grin as it spews out one homophobic, sexist or racist comment after the next, objectifying female cast as either a pair of breasts or a jiggling posterior. The degradation includes one ugly scene of a female CHP officer telling colleagues that a traitor in their midst has been described by a witness as "pretty" and all of the women nod in agreement that they couldn't receive such a compliment. Lead characters played by Shepard and Michael Pena are dislikable to the point that when one of them ricochets at speed off the bonnet of a villain's four-wheel drive Humvee during a chase, we wouldn't shed a tear for his passing.

Daredevil motorcyclist Jon Baker (Shepard) has sustained 23 bone-crunching injuries from his gravity-defying acrobatics and now has titanium pins in his scarred body. He applies to CHP in a desperate attempt to revitalise his ailing marriage to swim instructor Karen (Kristen Bell), whose father was a cop. Sergeant Hernandez (Maya Rudolph) puts Jon on probation, with the understanding that he must be in the top 10% of his class to stay in the programme. He is partnered with hard-nosed veteran Frank Poncherello (Pena), who is actually an undercover FBI agent on the trail of a dirty cop (Vincent D'Onofrio) responsible for a multimillion dollar heist. While female CHP officers Lindsey (Jessica McNamee) and Ava (Rosa Salazar) salivate over Jon and Frank - "I got the little brown one," coos Lindsey - the mismatched buddies rev their engines. "We're like Jay Z and Beyonce!" whoops Jon.

CHiPS is a sickening car crash from numbskull start to gratuitously violent conclusion. Shepard's motormouth dimwit and Pena's rage-fuelled sex addict grate on the nerves every time they bicker or trash talk about the sexual desires of modern women. Competently executed action sequences are the only respite from the bigotry and bile. Everyone involved should be thoroughly ashamed and surrender to the real CHP for crimes against decency and good taste. Give CHiPs the chop.

- Sam Cannon

CHiPs. Copyright: 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC. Caption: Michael Pena and Dax Shepard star in CHips, directed by Dax Shepard. Photo: Peter Iovino. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Aldershot, Cineworld Aldershot
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbridge, IMC Banbridge
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Basingstoke, Vue Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bath, Odeon Bath
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Dundonald Omniplex
- Belfast, Kennedy Centre Belfast Omniplex
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
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- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
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- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Blackpool, The Reel Picture
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bundoran, Eclipse Cinemas Bundoran
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Burton-on-Trent, Cineworld Burton Upon Trent
- Bury, Vue Bury The Rock
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Cardiff, Premiere Cinema
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chatham, Odeon Chatham
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chesterfield, Cineworld Chesterfield
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Cleethorpes, Parkway Cinema
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
- Colchester, Odeon Colchester
- Coleraine, Movie House Coleraine
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- Cork, Cork Omniplex
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- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
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- Downpatrick, Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
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- Dublin, Movies @ Swords
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- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
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- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Dundee, Odeon Dundee
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungarvan, SGC
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
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- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Wester Hailes
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- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Galashiels, Pavilion
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Galway, IMC Oranmore
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Parkhead
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- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
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- Glengormley, Movie House Glengormley
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
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- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hamilton, Vue Hamilton
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Hull, Vue Hull Princes Quay
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Jersey, Cineworld Jersey
- Kettering, Odeon Kettering
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Leigh, Cineworld Leigh
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Loughborough, Cineworld Loughborough
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, AMC Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Merthyr Tydfil, Vue Merthyr Tydfil
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Empire Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Isle Of Wight
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Northampton, Vue Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Odeon Oxford George Street
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Perth, Perth Playhouse
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Port Talbot, Reel Cinema Port Talbot
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Redruth, Regal Film Centre
- Renfrew, Odeon Braehead
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Roscommon, C & L Plex
- Rugby, Cineworld Rugby
- Runcorn, Cineworld Runcorn
- Seaham, Cineworld Dalton Park
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Vue Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Sligo, Sligo Omniplex
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southampton, Showcase Southampton Cinema De Lux
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stockport, Cineworld Stockport
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Stoke-on-Trent, Cineworld Stoke-on-Trent
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swansea, Vue Swansea
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Tamworth, Odeon Tamworth
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Cineworld Telford
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Torquay, Central Cinema
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Wakefield, Cineworld Wakefield
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Warrington, Odeon Warrington
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- Wexford, Wexford Omniplex
- Weymouth, Cineworld Weymouth
- Widnes, Reel Cinema Widnes
- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
- Wrexham, Odeon Wrexham
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, Reel Cinema York
- York, Vue York


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