Showtime (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  15 March 2002 (USA)
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A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Teacher (as Rachel Harris)
Zaid Farid ...
Holly Mandel ...
T.J. Cross ...
ReRun (as TJ Cross)
Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
Joel Hurt Jones ...
Reporter #1
Chris Harrison ...
Reporter #2
Perri Peltz ...
Reporter #3
Amy Powell ...
Reporter #4


LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon; Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers--and partners him with Trey. Written by Jeff Cross <>

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chase | police | lapd | buddy cop | drugs | See All (64) »


Lights. Camera. Aggravation.


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flics en direct  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,011,430 (USA) (15 March 2002)


$944,537 (Japan) (29 November 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Shatner is teaching Trey how to test the cocaine when in fact Eddie Murphy tested out cocaine the same way in Beverly Hills Cop. See more »


When Preston and Chase are talking in the restaurant, Preston's hamburger is repeatedly up/down between shots. See more »


William Shatner: [advising Trey on how TV cops taste drugs] You spear the knife into the bag... then pick some of the drugs up with the knife... then lightly press it on your tongue. And that is how TV cops taste drugs!
Detective Mitch Preston: What if it's cyanide? There's a reason real cops don't taste drugs.
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Crazy Credits

After all the credits, there are some 'confessional' scenes with Murphy's character, talking about DeNiro's. See more »


References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


Written by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as K. Edmonds), Shaggy (as D. Burrell) and R. Griffin
Produced by Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Performed by Shaggy featuring Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds (as Babyface)
Shaggy appears courtesy of MCA Records
Babyface appears courtesy of Arista Records
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A decent show by two well intentioned leads
15 March 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy star in Showtime as a couple of cops- a quiet, efficient Dirty Harry-like cop and a cop who is deep down an actor, respecively, who are brought together by an accident and forced to take part in a cop-buddy reality TV show for a hungry for ratings producer (Rene Russo). For the first two acts, it delivers a good time in parodying old cop/buddy movie cliches and shows how De Niro and Murphy have some intelligent chemistry in a comedy, but the third act dips by leaving the parody and becoming what it's making fun of. In all, a conventional and surely enjoyable escape on a weekend day. B+

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