I just got back from watching CHiPs (2017), the long awaited adaptation of the classic 70s cop show. Full disclosure: I am long time CHiPsie and appear briefly in the documentary CHiPsies about the CHiPs fan community and our annual convention in Anaheim. I guess you could say when it comes to any media related to CHiPs, I’m a little biased.
Regardless, I am absolutely thrilled with CHiPs (2017). It’s a laugh out loud roller coaster ride full of unexpected twists and turns that stays true to the lore established by the original series. As difficult as it was for me to forgive the film’s producers for ignoring my spec screenplay which I sent to them several times, and as challenging it was for me to accept that the producers chose not to cast Will Ferrell and Jack Black as I advised to play the film’s leads, and as hard as I found it to believe they completely dismissed the vision that came to me in the night to create a new villain called Savage Influence played by Gary Busey to bring a quasi-surreal menace to the proceedings, in the end I must admit that Dax Shepherd and his team did a phenomenal job bringing CHiPs back to life all things considered.
(For those of you who would suggest it would be wrong for Jack Black to play the hot blooded Latino Officer Frank “Ponch” Poncherello, let me remind you Jack Black proved he could play an ethnic Mexican type in Nacho Libre.)
I’m still absorbing what I saw tonight. Back at the CHiPsie convention in ‘09 we were all convinced an honest-to-God CHiPs movie would never come to fruition. I apologize if I’m still a bit stunned that this movie came true and I actually got to see it in my lifetime.
Let’s start with what I assumed would be nearly impossible to pull off. There were points during the movie when Michael Peña’s portrayal of Ponch actually made me forget Erik Estrada’s generation-defining performance. Can you imagine what it would take for a dedicated CHiPsie to admit another actor could go pound for pound with Estrada?
I’m getting so excited remembering the movie that I think I’m going to go back to watch it again right now. If you’re in the LA area meet me at LA Live for the midnight screening in about ten minutes.
TL;DR – CHiPsies from coast to coast will rejoice and parade through the streets when they see what Dax Shepard has accomplished with CHiPs. CHiPs happens!
What the rest of the critics are saying:
I don’t care what the rest of the critics are saying. This is CHiPs and no one else but a true CHiPsie like me gets a say on the Melonmeter for this one.
100% liquid & seed retention – CERTIFIED JUICY™ & I PROMISE THE JUICE WILL BE RUNNING DOWN YOUR CHIN AFTER THIS ONE