Dax Shepard in a scene from "CHIPS." (Peter Iovino/Warner Bros via AP)
The big screen film loosely based on the beloved 1970s series “CHiPs” is falling flat with movie critics.
"CHIPS," written, directed and produced by Dax Shepard, hit theaters today and many of the critics have slammed the picture with far-from-stellar reviews.
“CHIPS” has a rating of 28 percent on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
The Associated Press’ movie critic called the film “a tawdry, sexist disappointment.”
“…Overall, the film is an uncomfortable eye-roll. Shepard and co-star Michael Pena have plenty of charm, but not enough to support the feeble story and tasteless jokes,” critic Sandy Cohen wrote in the AP’s review.
Meanwhile, the New York Times labeled the film “borderline incoherent and unrepentantly lewd.”
The Times reviewer wrote of the rated-R flick, “The language might be mature, but don’t be misled: There’s nothing here that rises above the level of the playground.”
Several reviews, such as the Los Angeles Times, also slammed film’s use of “gay-panic” humor. Apparently, several jokes surround Michael Peña’s Ponch character’s discomfort with getting a bit too close to Jon Baker, played by Shepard.