Ran­cid CHIPS 20 years past use-by date

South Waikato News - - Motoring -

CHIPS (R16) Di­rected by Dax Shepard Star­ring Dax Shepard, Michael Pena, Vin­cent D’onofrio 101 mins ★1⁄2

‘‘CHIPS takes a much-loved, more-thanthree-decades-old fam­ily-ori­en­tated series and trans­forms it into some­thing com­pletely in­ap­pro­pri­ate for any­one un­der 16’’

time. The plot is plod­dingly pre­dictable, with the mere pres­ence of a cer­tain ac­tor a give­away that he’s go­ing to be the crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind (even if he does oddly at least have some kind of sym­pa­thyin­duc­ing mo­ti­va­tion for his heists).

Mean­while, most of the ‘‘hu­mour’’ re­volves around Castillo’s sex ad­dic­tion (and Lu­l­ule­mon ob­ses­sion) and Baker’s ‘‘trick’’ knee, firearms inac­cu­racy and fail­ing mar­riage. The use of Aretha Franklin’s Re­spect on the sound­track is es­pe­cially ironic given the lit­tle rev­er­ence shown to­wards its source ma­te­rial, with most of the oned­i­men­sional char­ac­ters a dis­grace to the beige uni­form the film seems so hell­bent on mak­ing fun of at ev­ery turn.

I’m still un­sure what the film­mak­ers had over the orig­i­nal ‘‘LA 15 Seven Mary Four’’ Erik Estrada that per­suaded him to turn up for an ill-ad­vised cameo, but like the Cal­i­for­nian High­way Pa­trol (as on­screen ti­tles sug­gest at the start of the far­rago) – I can­not en­dorse this film. – James Croot

The ‘‘reimag­ined’’ CHIPS stars Michael Pena and Dax Shepard.

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