CHiPs Movie Review
There’s nothing worse than a comedy that isn’t funny, and CHIPS is a comedy that isn’t funny. Written and directed by Dax Shepard and based on some television show that is no longer relevant, CHIPS is the perfect example of a film that probably needed more studio oversight so someone could tell Shepard that his screenplay was terrible before he started filming a terrible movie.
Shepard also stars alongside Michael Peña, and oddly, Shepard comes off as incredibly stilted given he wrote all of his own lines. The much more talented Peña seems to realize early on that CHIPS has no chance of even being remotely good, so he gives up early. You can’t really blame him.
CHIPS isn’t just a comedy, of course—it’s an action-comedy, which means that even if the comedy isn’t very good, the action could make up for it. Sadly, Shepard’s action chops just aren’t up to par—the action scenes are awkwardly shot and choppy at best, about as exciting as your kid’s talent show at worst.
The biggest problem with the movie is that it isn’t entertaining—the attempts at humor fall flat, the action is lame, and the combination of the two are simply painful. CHIPS practically begs you to turn it off early, because almost anything could be more fun than sitting through this dumpster fire.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.