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CHIPS [2017] [R] - 8.7.10



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Based on the TV series: A rookie highway patrolman (Dax Shepard) is partnered with an undercover FBI agent (Michael Peña) and together they investigate a string of robberies and potentially dirty cops. Also with Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ryan Hansen, Kristen Bell, Jamie Bock, Justin Chatwin, Cameron Cruz, Clay Cullen and Vincent D'Onofrio. Directed by Dax Shepard. A few lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A man shows another man a picture of his (the second man's) fully nude wife on his phone (we see the woman's bare breasts, abdomen, pubic region and a tattoo on her lower abdomen) and he implies that they have been having sex. A fully nude man gets out of bed and collapses to the floor when his knee snaps (we see his bare back, buttocks, abdomen, chest and his genitals are covered by a sheet); another man carries him to the bathroom and the sheet that is covering his genitals is pulled away, the man carrying trips and his face presses against the other man's now exposed genitals (we see the man's genitals). A woman asks a man if he'd like some company by text and we see a picture of her bare breasts on the man's telephone. A man and a woman flirt by text and she send him a picture of her on FaceTime (we see her sheer underwear, bare abdomen and bare breasts); the man panics and yells when he realizes she is his boss and she thinks that he is yelling sexually. A man kisses a sleeping woman's bare shoulder and we see her bare breast.
 A man walks in on another man thrusting on top of a woman in a bed (we see the man's bare buttocks, back and legs and the woman's legs).
 A man and a woman kiss deeply in front of another man (it is implied that they had sex earlier). A woman kisses a man and he pulls away from her (she is his boss). A woman kisses a man. A woman kisses a man in an ambulance and she straddles him on the stretcher; we see him place his hands on her clothed buttocks. Two men greet each other and hug and the camera focuses on their underwear-covered genitals bumping together several times; one smacks the other on the clothed buttock as he walks away.
 A man is shown sleeping in bed and he is bare-chested; he gets out of bed and we see him wearing boxer briefs (his bare chest, abdomen, legs and back are seen). A man is shown seated on a toilet and we see his bare thighs and knees. Several men in a locker room are shown wearing underwear or towels that reveal bare abdomens, chests, backs and legs. We see a close-up of a cat's anus. A woman is shown wearing a swim suit with a low-cut front that reveals deep cleavage in several scenes. A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage.
 A man yells at another man who tries to give him a chest bump while wearing only boxer briefs; they have an argument about homophobia. It is implied that a woman is having an affair with a man she is giving swimming lessons. Two men talk graphically about performing oral sex anally. A man is reprimanded for texting photos of his genitals to a woman and for having a nude photo of her on his phone. A man watches two women wearing yoga pants as they do squatting exercises and he breathes heavily. There are several conversations about a man having a sex addiction problem. A man talks about going to couples therapy and that he is trying to save his marriage in a few scenes. A reference is made to a man having a boyfriend. A man introduces himself as, "Gay Terry." When talking with two women about two other men, one woman says, "I'll take the brown one," and the man says, "I'll take either." Three men joke about another man having small genitals. Two men talk about one of them becoming aroused when looking at women wearing tight-fitting yoga pants and that he will have to relieve himself. Two men talk about ranking women and what they find sexy.

VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A motorcyclist is clotheslined by a cable across the roadway and we see his head pop off (blood spurts from the neck) and the helmet-covered head crashes into the windshield of a car; we later see the decapitated body with blood on the ground and the severed head. A man's fingers are shot off and we see the bloody nubs several times as well as the severed fingers.
 A man shoots another man in the arm twice and a bullet ricochets and hits the shooter in the head (we see bloody wounds on both men). An agent is held with a gun to his head and another agent shoots through his shoulder into the gunman's shoulder; both men fall to the ground yelling and we see blood on the wounds. A man is shot in the shoulder and we see blood on his shirt as he falls to the ground screaming. Two men shoot at each other (neither is struck).
 A robber holds an armored security guard at gunpoint and a police officer in a helicopter jumps out of the helicopter and slams on the ground nearby (we hear a splat and see blood on the ground by his head). Several motorcycles surround an armored vehicle stopped in traffic; the cyclists attach an explosive to the door and detonate it causing the windshields of the cars behind the truck to shatter and a truck to explode and flip over. An armored truck is robbed and two police officers are shot at the scene by one of the robbers (we do not see blood but understand that they were killed. A man is run down by a HUMVEE and we see him in the hospital on a ventilator.
 Several men with guns and wearing masks run out of a bank and fire their guns; they get into a car and speed away while they are being chased by police through city streets; one gunman accidentally shoots his weapon through the roof of the car and police shoot out the back window.
 Two men fight and one ends up hanging with a chain wrapped around his throat; he gets out and they continue to fight while two other men hit each other with the casts on their arms. Two men fight and throw each other around inside a house breaking things and one punches the other in the face several times (we see the man's bloody lip). A highway patrolman punches another patrolman in the face. A man tasers a woman while she is swimming in a pool (we see her thrash); we later see her in a photograph, tied to a pole. A man stands near another man's face and threatens him. A woman tackles another woman on the ground.
 During a high-speed motorcycle chase, a pedestrian is struck and thrown, two motorcycles go up staircases, across a public beach, jump over dunes and along a roadway. During a chase, an RV strikes a few photographers standing in a roadway and we see them thrown and a HUMVEE crashes through a food stand. Several motorcycles and cars speed through a fair and break up inflatable rides and food stands. Two motorcycle officers chase armored car robbers on motorcycles and one rider breaks off the side mirrors of a few cars as he passes between them. A man in a car speeds past two highway patrolmen and one chases him; the officer pulls the man over and they argue about his speeding as the other officer arrives and the two officers argue; the driver of the car gets out of his vehicle and he is handcuffed, one officer kicks the other in the leg and he falls to the ground as the driver of the car is released with a warning. During a training exercise, one man punches another man in the face and he falls to the ground.
 There are many scenes that show men and women speeding on motorcycles on and off-road and doing jumps. A man throws a flaming bottle of liquid into a car and it burns. A man shoots toward another man and hits an explosive that blows up and the man he was aiming at is thrown.
 A man talks to another man about his partner being gunned down in front of him. A woman talks about disabled cadets performing better than a non-disabled man. A man talks about an Olympic runner with no legs that killed his girlfriend.
 Several agents and officers are shown in the hospital with wounds; bandaged wounds, arms in slings, legs in casts and in hospital beds. A man's knee pops and snaps several times when he stands up and walks. A man talks about having a titanium arm.
 A man is shown with many healed scars on his body. A man is shown wrapping a large bruise over his ribs. A man talks about getting nauseous when in other people's homes because of the smells. A man coughs and gags after watching a cat go into a litter box. A man talks to another man about his having had three bowel movements before 11 AM. We see a filthy toilet and a feces-filled litter box in a room. A man vomits and we see goo spray as he gags. A man talks about having a catheter. A man talks about having had a scrotal tear.

PROFANITY 10 - About 85 F-words and its derivatives, 14 sexual references, 41 scatological terms, 39 anatomical terms, 10 mild obscenities, name-calling (obnoxious, oldest rookie, cocky, clown, weird, cliché, coward, pervie, pervert, psycho, scary, crazy, dummy, beast, idiot, gross), exclamations (shut-up, bummer), 9 religious profanities (GD), 25 religious exclamations (Oh My God, Thank God, Oh God, Jesus, Jesus Christ, God, Holy [scatological term deleted]). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown taking prescription pain medication many times throughout the film, a man talks about being on a pharmaceutical regiment to manage his pain, a reference is made to opioid addiction, a man says that his son is addicted to heroin, a medic asks an injured man if he wants morphine, and a man lifts the helmet visor of another man and sees that he is high (his eyes are glazed). A man drinks a glass of whisky, and two men drink beers.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Highway Patrol, failed marriages, second chances, sex addiction, success, failure, friendship, partners, homosexuality, Freud, Crohn's disease, prostate problems, masturbation, kidnapping, death of a child, death of a police officer, homophobia.

MESSAGE - Partners have to stick together.

Special Keywords: S8 - V7 - P10 - MPAAR

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