“CHIPS” (Warner Bros.)
By Catholic News Service
Mind-numbing comedy in which Dax Shepard, who also wrote and directed, plays a rookie California Highway Patrol officer whose first partner (Michael Pena), supposedly a veteran of the force from another part of the state, is in fact an undercover FBI agent investigating a corruption case. As Shepard makes a nudge of himself and Pena gripes about it (until of course, the two inevitably bond) the humor quickly skids off the road and into the gutter.
There’s also a vaguely pro-divorce message to this twist on the 1977-1983 television drama series since Shepard’s character, a washed-up extreme-sports motorcyclist, initially becomes a police recruit in an effort to win back his estranged wife (Kristen Bell) only to discover, in the end, that she’s so selfish and greedy, he’s better off without her.
Scenes of gross-out gore, strong sexual content, including brief graphic activity, masturbation and full male and female nudity, much sexual and scatological humor, frequent profanity, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.