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Showtime (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 15 March 2002 (USA)
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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ReRun (as TJ Cross)
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Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
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Joel Hurt Jones ...
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Chris Harrison ...
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Perri Peltz ...
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Amy Powell ...
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Storyline

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 <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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

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Lights. Camera. Aggravation.

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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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15 March 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,948,765 (USA) (24 May 2002)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Mitch and Trey are almost forced out through the hotel window by the falling pool water, Trey handcuffs himself to Mitch with standard handcuffs. Later, when they are seen hanging from a rail the handcuffs have a much longer connecting chain. See more »

Quotes

Detective Mitch Preston: [after his home has been remodeled] It looks like a gay porn star lives here!
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Connections

References T.J. Hooker: The Protectors (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
(1964)
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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This must have been a good screenplay
22 September 2002 | by (Waterloo, ON) – See all my reviews

This movie never really decides what kind of film it wants to be. It attempts to be a bit of a clever cop-movie spoof, but stumbles early on and never regains it's footing.

Clearly, there must have been good material here at one time to attract the talent. Russo, Murphy and DeNiro play well enough together, and they get a lot of help from the supporting cast. They do a decent enough job with what is basically an "unlikely-cop-duo-versus-the-euro-trash-bad-guy" film (or a clever play on one, we are never sure). Lots of things go *boom* and bad guys are assumed to be bad, justifying further explosions.

The real crime here is that it could have been better. The ham-handed directing and haphazard editing destroyed what small amount of clever pacing and ironic humour that _may_ have been intended by the author.

The screenplay must have been better and, judging from the "outtakes", made a lot more sense than the finished product.

Don't blame the actors on this one. This film may be an example of what happens when a writer gets a chance to produce his own picture, and hooks up with a bad director.

Pretty bad film. The pacing is awful and the editing is criminal. Rent it to have a laugh and eat some snacks.


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