The Movie: 6.5/10
I didn’t want to watch this movie. I admit that openly. My exact words, as we entered the movie room were, “I can think of so many other thing to do with my time today.” This is not a great start to a movie watching experience, and yet our beginnings are not always inline with what is to follow. As lame as that is, it’s still too profound for this flick. All that being said, with no shame, I say I enjoyed it. It’s got enough jokes that made me laugh out loud to balance out the scenes that made me cringe. It wasn’t full cringe though, which is surprising. Yes, there are a lot of fart, pooping, sex, masturbation and other things that some adults seem to find so funny no matter how old they get. I get it. I laugh at the jokes about constipation and diarrhea, so I’m throwing no stones here, just saying that most of the jokes went under my radar but I found enough humor to stay interested.
There’s not much more to say. I know, I know, it’s not really a review if I just say I liked it and laughed, but trust me on this one, CHiPS (the 2017 movie version) doesn’t require much more analysis than that. I can add a few tid bits I suppose, but if I dig too deep it won’t be all giggles anymore:)
The stunts and big action scenes are well done for a comedy flick. The motorcycle riding is pretty cool, and Dax did all his own riding, which is cool. It’s hard for me to think of other things about this movie that would entice anyone to watch it. I know it’s not going to infuse anyone with new insights about life, but you will chuckle a few times.
Just watch it, but don’t expect your CHiPS of your youth, if you are as old as me that is. It’s not really a carry on from those good’ol’days. It’s a new take, a new story for the characters, and much more new grown up references that do bring it beyond the confines of that little TV screen Ponch and John used to live inside.
- This Is Not Your Dads CHIPS – I hate this title because at 48 years old this is not my Dad’s CHIPS at all, it’s my CHIPS. This takes a look at the making of the film with lots of sarcastic banter from Dax and friends.
- Practical Pursuit – Most of the movie uses practical effects and Dax did all his own stunts.
- Ducati The Perfect Bike – A look at the bikes used in the film.
- Directors Commentary
- Deleted Scenes
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art : 4/10
Hmm, is it boring? Yes. I wouldn’t have this as a poster in my house. I didn’t like the move THAT much, and if I had a CHiPS poster, you know who would be on it!
Audio & Video: 8/10
CHIPS comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Warner and a 1080P AVC transfer that is as hot as the California sun. This is a super high quality transfer that fits the source material perfectly, from sun drenched beaches to the hot concrete of the California Highway Chips does everything right. Shadow levels are deep and color saturation is on point. I saw a little banding in the sky in several scenes but aside from that Jon & Ponch would be proud.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is also noteworthy with a very active surround mix and lots of LFE channel action. Dialog is crisp and clear and the action and music are LOUD when they need to be.
Overall Score 6.5/10