“CHIPS” off the road block

The new film “CHiPs” features two complete-opposite characters who have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHiP). Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña, “Ant-Man”) is a smug rookie who is working undercover to investigate a robbery that may have been committed by some bad cops. Jon Baker (Dax Shepard, “Punk’d”) is a former professional motorcyclist who is trying to get his life together. Personalities clash before the teamwork begins.

This film was good. It draws upon elements based on the TV series (1977 to 1983) created by Rick Rosner. I really like the comedy between the main characters and the great action sequences by Peña and Shepard. The film was shot in some remarkable locations in Los Angeles. I also love the theme song based on the television show.

I did, however, have trouble with several scenes, particularly graphic nudity and sex scenes and feel there was too much strong language throughout the film. What the film lacks is the family-oriented scenes that were part of the television series.

Overall, this film was extremely funny. It’s an action-packed adventure for people who like cop films. For appetizers, you must watch several episodes from the TV series and Disney’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” (especially families and children) before you watch this action-comedy cop film as your main course.