A rookie officer is teamed with a hardened pro at the California Highway Patrol, though the newbie soon learns his partner is really an undercover Fed investigating a heist that may involve some crooked cops.
Jon Baker (Shepard) and Frank Ponch Poncherello (Peña) have just joined the California Highway Patrol (CHP) in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a beaten-up former 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 the hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kick-starting a real partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker's unique bike skills and Ponch's street savvy it might just work...if they don't drive each other crazy first. Written by
Dax Shepard originally envisioned the film to be a big budget take with a PG-13 rating but due to budget cuts after signing on, he chose to make the film with an R-rating. See more »
Early in the film, Baker mentions that his right humerus (right upper arm) is titanium. At the end of the film, though, bullets are fired at him and they strike his left arm, causing one to ricochet and kill the villain. See more »
I was never a great fan of the 1970s show CHIPS. Most of my peers liked
it a lot and I could see why because it was a fairly likable show
featuring a couple of fairly likable characters played by a couple
fairly likable actors. The downside was that like so much American
television from the period it gets a little bit preachy , but apart
from that it was a likable show featuring a couple of likable
characters in the California Highway Patrol in a likable American TV
"Hey Theo can you use any other adjectives apart from likable ?
otherwise this comment will end up becoming unlikable"
Sorry to bring irony in to this comment but you can see the point I'm
making. When I saw the trailer I thought "Why does Hollywood
continually remake popular TV shows as crude comedies that have nothing
in common with the source material ? " Well one reason might be cynical
capitalism where they know they're fleecing the public. By the time bad
word of mouth spreads the damage and the profits are done so nothing
If you've seen the trailers you'll be scracting your head what this
film has in common with the TV show CHIPS. It contains toilet humour ,
gay jokes and other near the knuckle humour . If nothing at least the
trailer is accurate . Within the first ten minutes I'd lost count of
the number of F and S words featured so much so I thought I was
watching a Scorsese movie. On top of that the humour is dreadful
featuring toilet humour , sexual jokes about someone's wife and ...
well stuff that 15 year old boys would consider juvenile . Some people
might enjoy this but I found it a genuinely unlikable film
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