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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 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 (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:

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

Gross:

$37,948,765 (USA) (24 May 2002)
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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 »

Goofs

During the armored car chase, Mitch's police car's windshield alternates between being intact and almost completely gone. See more »

Quotes

Detective Mitch Preston: Why did you want to be a cop, anyway?
Trey Sellars: Because I was a shitty waiter.
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs T.J. Hooker (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

What'd I Say
(1959)
Written by Ray Charles
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A fun film, and it even has Robert De Niro
16 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

I cannot understand why so many people did not like this film. Robert De Niro was on top of his game, delivering his lines with such aplomb, one has to believe this is his everyday demeanor. Granted, the film seemed to take on many buddy-film conventions while trying to make fun of the concept, it goes without saying this film was genuinely funny. From the police dog, to the fact Eddie Murphy didn't annoy the heck out of me, this film is a real keeper. Rene Russo also evened out the rest of the cast perfectly, establishing her role so it does not interfere with the budding relationship between De Niro and Murphy.


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