Craig D. Lindsey
I'm actually kind of shocked there aren't more homophobic gags here.
A buddy film about overcompensating characters that seems to have also been made by overcompensating comedians.
It's not uniquely bad, nor so bad it's good. It's factually, quantifiably bad. Overcooked, underdressed, sloppy, indigestible: just your classic crap hamburger of a movie.
It already feels like a rerun.
Given the alternative between the big-screen CHIPS and an antiquated, low-stakes episode of the original TV series, we'd pick the latter in a heartbeat.
Both Shepard and Pena are likable actors, and they do have chemistry together... But good-natured chemistry isn't enough to lift CHiPs anywhere near the ranks of the Lethal Weapons and Bad Boys that Shepard claimed to be aiming for.
Can a movie be cheekily self-aware and still thoroughly terrible? Without a doubt. And yet damned if "CHIPS" doesn't somehow make the most of its own wink-wink awfulness.
A fascination with posteriors - both human and feline - isn't the worst thing about "CHIPS," but it's up there.
Rambunctious and insouciant, "CHIPS" has about as much nutritional cinematic value as the potato variety.