Turning late 1970's cop show CHiPs into a movie might have seemed like a risky stab at re-inventing something today's younger audiences might not know much about beyond some Ponch related pop culture references. But nostalgia remains a driving force, so here is Dax Shepard and Michael Peña (The Martian) squeezing into the brown motorcycle duds for an R-rated comedy adaption.
Shepard (who also wrote and directed the movie) plays Jon Baker, an injury prone pro motorcyclist looking to fix his broken marriage (if not some of his broken bones) by joining up with the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles. He is partnered with Frank 'Ponch' Poncherello (Peña), who has his own reasons for signing up – Ponch is actually an undercover Federal agent looking to take down a suspected gang of crooked cops who may be pulling off heists.
Can this unlikely duo put their clear differences aside and work as a unit? Our guess is eventually, but as the trailer shows, the film wants to mine a lot of comedy from their approaches to the law and bikes.
With Kristen Bell* (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), Adam Brody (Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and Vincent D'Onofrio (Jurassic World) also in the cast, CHiPs – or CHIPS as the movie appears to prefer – will screech into UK cinemas on 24 March.
*Kristen Bell is also the wife of Dax Shepard