Dozens upon dozens of TV shows have been turned into feature films over the last 20 years, but within the TV to movie genre, a small sub genre has been created. A few films have taken some cheesy 70’s/80’s action and cop shows and reinvented them as goofy comedies. Not all of them have been bulls-eyes, but the film version of 21 Jump Street (and it’s even better sequel) have led to producers trying to recapture the magic that made those movies work so well. The latest attempt is based on the grand daddy of cheesy cop shows, CHiPs.
There have been multiple armored vehicle heists in California, and the FBI figure that the robberies are actually inside jobs. They send one of their top guys, Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Pena) undercover with the California Highway Patrol. He is partnered up with rookie Jon Baker (Shepard), a former motorcycle stunt rider, and they must try and figure out who in the department is responsible for the crimes. Unfortunately, they aren’t exactly the best of friends.
Well, for those of you out there who were waiting for a movie that is nothing more than 100 minutes of dick jokes with a couple cool bike stunts tossed in, you can relax – your film has arrived. This is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Horrible acting, awful dialogue, nonsensical plotlines, cheesy effects and boring action scenes ruin any possible potential this movie could have had. Pena (who’s usually awesome) is bad. Shepard (who usually isn’t) is even worse. Bell is completely wasted in her role as Baker’s wife. Just complete trash all around.
I can guarantee that the sole purpose for this movie existing was that Shepard wanted a movie that allowed him to exploit his love of motorcycles, and they cobbled together a half-assed movie around it. Whatever the case, a new bar for crappiness has been set. Let’s just hope the next movie in this sub-genre, Baywatch, is better than this garbage.
FINAL REVIEW: F