Rancid CHIPS 20 years past use-by date
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.