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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 television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.

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Teacher (as Rachel Harris)
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Zaid Farid ...
Police Captain Ben
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Holly Mandel ...
Producer
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Convenience Store Owner
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Ray
T.J. Cross ...
ReRun (as TJ Cross)
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Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
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Joel Hurt Jones ...
Reporter #1
Chris Harrison ...
Reporter #2
Perri Peltz ...
Reporter #3
Amy Powell ...
Reporter #4
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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 (63) »

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Lights. Camera. Aggravation.

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,011,430, 17 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$38,082,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,741,732
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Trivia

There was a scene that was filmed, but cut out to better explain how Mitch could take on Trey as his new partner. In the beginning the film, Mitch goes on an undercover sting with another cop. That was Mitch's partner. He was wounded during the shootout with Lazy Boy. In a scene that followed, Mitch is visiting his partner in the hospital who is in recovery and contemplating retirement. See more »

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When Trey goes to visit Mitch at his apartment the receipt on the bag of Chinese take out changes to a menu and back again several times during their conversation at the door. See more »

Quotes

[Why Mitch started doing pottery]
Detective Mitch Preston: My ex and I were on the rocks, and my marriage counselor said I needed to take up a hobby.
Trey Sellars: How come you never got good at it?
Detective Mitch Preston: Well, it's kind of like you and police work. I never took it that seriously.
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After all the credits, there are some 'confessional' scenes with Murphy's character, talking about DeNiro's. See more »

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References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Jumpi
(1999)
Written by Sergent García (as B. Garcia), Pierre-Luc Jamain (as P.L. Jamain),
Liván Núñez Alemán (as L. Nunez), Vincent Jogerst (as V. Jogerst) and Simon Andrieux (as S. Andrieux)
Performed by Sergent García
Courtesy of Labels/Virgin France S.A.
Under exclusive license to Higher Octave World, a division of Higher Octave Music, Inc.
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Entertains, But Not Too Memorable
8 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a pretty good modern-day comedy with straight man Robert De Niro doing a good job with comedy and Eddie Murphy just playing his normal whacked-out character. You get a good combination of humor and action in here. It had the normal cliché the ending, the kind you can see coming a mile away, but it's okay; it didn't hurt the film.

William Shatner was very entertaining in a supporting role and I think that was De Niro's real-life daughter playing Rene Russo's TV sidekick in the movie.

A decent cop-buddy film that isn't memorable an entertaining way to kill an hour-and-a-half.


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