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Buddy Cop Film With 19% Score On Rotten Tomatoes Is One Of Netflix's Most-Watched Movies

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Buddy Cop Film With 19% Score On Rotten Tomatoes Is One Of Netflix's Most-Watched Movies

One of Netflix's most-watched movies has a god-awful score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Look, the golden rule for finding movies that are so bad they're great is looking at their critics' score vs their Netflix ranking - it's basically a cheat code for a guaranteed good time, like using 'motherlode' in The Sims.

And one film that falls right in that sweet spot is CHiPs (2017), a buddy cop film written and directed by Dax Shepard.

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Check out the trailer below:

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The Netflix big hitter is a reboot of the 70s cop show of the same name created by Rick Rosner, starring Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox.

For those not familiar, the series and film follow 'an undercover FBI agent (Michael Peña, who) teams up with a former motocross champ (Dax Shepard) to bring down a corrupt group of California Highway Patrol (CHP) motorcycle cops'.

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And, if you're wondering why the film's called CHiPs, it's because California CHP officers used to be called 'Chippies'.

The film stars Dax Shepard and Michael Peña. Credit: Warner Bros.
The film stars Dax Shepard and Michael Peña. Credit: Warner Bros.

If the cute name and buddy-comedy plot don't sound like prime mid-week watching, I don't know what is. 

Still, just because the film is currently ranked number eight in Netflix US's top 10, it's not gone down well with critics, scoring a measly 19 percent on the Tomatometer.

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For those not familiar with Rotten Tomatoes, the Tomatometer is a score calculated from critical reviews of any given film, the better the score, the 'fresher' the tomato (film).

CHiPs is firmly in the 'rotten' category, with one reviewer saying: "CHIPS doesn't offer much in the way of comedy, plot, characters, or the betterment of humanity."

Another compared the film to 21 Jump Street saying that it was a pretty big leap from CHiPs: "The 2012 film that revived 21 Jump Street was a funny action comedy that showed a reasonable amount of respect for the original television series. By this reckoning, Dax Shepard's CHIPS is a double failure."

The film is performing well on Netflix. Credit: Warner Bros.
The film is performing well on Netflix. Credit: Warner Bros.
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However, people were singing a completely different song on Twitter, with one user praising the film: "Just watched Chips on Netflix and now I’m utterly obsessed with Dax Shepard."

Another thought that the film made for some pretty sound family watching: "Just finished watching CHIPS on Netflix with my daughter. Hilarious."

A third loved the casting, adding: "Bro the new movie called CHIPS on Netflix is so fucking funny and has the most random assortment of actors and actresses I love it."

If you wanted to see for yourself, CHiPs is now streaming on Netflix.

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Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Celebrity, News, Netflix, Twitter

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