Somewhere along the way, Warner Bros. believed that Dax Shepard had the vision to write, direct and star in your Dad’s favorite cop show, “CHIPS.” And his approach seems to be embracing an R-rating and seeing how far it can go while taking Michael Pena along for the ride.
This reboot of the ’70s series frames the comedy around a pretty familiar story, following a cop and federal agent who are paired up to find corruption within their ranks. Of course, they will get along like a bickering odd couple, and things will explode. Here’s the official synopsis:
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 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 hardened pro are teamed together, but clash more than click, so kickstarting a partnership is easier said than done. But with Baker’s bike skills combined with Ponch’s street savvy it might just work…if they don’t drive each other crazy along the way.
“CHIPS” opens on March 24th.