Apparently, irony seems to be the only approach to take when remaking TV shows now. In order to be legit, you somehow have to take the piss out of the source material. It worked well for “21 Jump street” and its sequel. “Baywatch” is doing that too, and now we have the same thing with “CHiPS”, an R-rated, action-comedy take on the late ’70s / early ’80s television series. There’s nothing inherently wrong with doing that, as long as you make at least a half-decent movie.
Watching this trailer, I’d say there’s nothing even a quarter decent about it. It is objectively awful, and not even the considerable comedic skills of Michael Pena looks likely to save it. Gad, what a horrible collection of lame, tired, and cheap jokes, with more than a touch of homophobia in there. Is this supposed to pass of as comedy?
Here’s the official synopsis: “In CHIPS, Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten up pro motorbiker trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky undercover Federal agent investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job—inside the CHP. The inexperienced rookie and hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work… if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.”
“CHIPS” also stars Rosa Salazar (The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Alita Battle Angel), Adam Brody (The O.C., Yoga Hosers), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, The Good Place), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Emerald City, Marvel’s Daredevil). Dax Shepard also serves as director. It premieres 24th March.