FIRST LOOK: Watch trailer for big screen version of classic '70s TV series CHiPs


Warner Bros has released a trailer for the big screen version of CHiPs – and it's super-charged and very silly

The trailer for cop comedy film CHiPs is out, and it is just what you need to brighten your day.

Amid the hard-hitting – albeit excellent – titles that have been making headlines this awards season, this ridiculous action film is set to be one of your guilty pleasures of the year.

Starring Dax Shepard (Hit and Run), Michael Pena (The Martian) and a lot of penis jokes, it takes inspiration from the classic 1970s television show by Rick Rosner.

Dax plays past-it motorbike sensation Jon Baker, while Michael takes on the role of full-of-it FBI investigator Frank Poncherello as the pair join the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

Dax, who also wrote and directed it, takes viewers through their cringe-worthy exploits and even makes us wonder whether their chalk-and-cheese partnership might even make them, dare we say it, good at their job…

CHiPs is a Warner Bros. Pictures film and will be released in UK cinemas on March 24.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.