Warner Bros. has released a CHIPS red-band trailer in the hopes that they can make this unfortunate comedy look even moderately interesting. The film stars Dax Shepard (who also directed and wrote the script) and Michael Pena as California Highway Patrol officers Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, respectively. Together, the new partners investigate a heist that may have its roots inside their department. Hijinks ensue.
Between CHIPS and the upcoming Baywatch, two R-rated comedies based on cheesy TV series, it’s become even more clear that 21 Jump Street shouldn’t work anywhere near as well as it does. That movie is a modern classic that gets better on every viewing, and while it does use swear words and dirty jokes, it doesn’t rely exclusively on those things. In fact, it’s funniest moments tend to be when it’s just unabashedly weird and endearing. Meanwhile, this CHIPS trailer has not one, but two jokes about eating ass, because I guess that’s the cutting edge of comedy? I really like Shepard and Pena, but this movie looks dreadful.
Check out the CHIPS red-band trailer below. The film also stars Rosa Salazar, Adam Brody, Kristen Bell, and Vincent D’Onofrio. CHIPS opens March 24th.
Here’s the official synopsis for CHIPS:
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.