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Maya Rudolph

For Dax Shepard's merrily idiotic 'CHIPS,' it's the low way or the highway

For Dax Shepard's merrily idiotic 'CHIPS,' it's the low way or the highway

A subtle difference in capitalization — the only thing here that can be remotely described as subtle — separates “CHiPs” the amiable 1977-83 TV show from “CHIPS” the dunderheaded new buddy-cop movie starring Dax Shepard and Michael Peña.

But the all-caps title more or less captures the bigger, more blockheaded approach taken here by Shepard, who wrote and directed this merrily idiotic smash-up showcase in which cars crash into motorcycles, trucks plow into paparazzi and one guy’s face makes violent contact, as it must, with another guy’s junk.

That last gag is the sort of tiresome gay-panic gross-out moment that “CHIPS” tries to get away with by having its participants...

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