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.

Director:

Tom Dey

Writers:

Jorge Saralegui (story), Keith Sharon (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Det. Mitch Preston
Rachael Harris ... Teacher (as Rachel Harris)
Eddie Murphy ... Officer Trey Sellars
Zaid Farid Zaid Farid ... Police Captain Ben
Alex Borstein ... Casting Director
Holly Mandel Holly Mandel ... Producer
Marshall Manesh ... Convenience Store Owner
Nestor Serrano ... Ray
T.J. Cross T.J. Cross ... ReRun (as TJ Cross)
Yasiin Bey ... Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
James Roday Rodriguez ... 'Showtime' Cameraman (as James Roday)
Joel Hurt Jones Joel Hurt Jones ... Reporter #1
Chris Harrison Chris Harrison ... Reporter #2
Perri Peltz Perri Peltz ... Reporter #3
Amy Powell 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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Plot Keywords:

chase | police | lapd | buddy cop | drugs | See All (138) »

Taglines:

Lights. Camera. Aggravation.

Genres:

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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Trivia

Despite the movie's title, premium cable broadcast rights to the movie were originally not owned by Showtime, but by HBO, under the same ownership as Warner Bros., the movie's distributor, as HBO has an output deal with them. See more »

Goofs

As Cesar Vargas is riding in the hotel elevator, the glass reflects a crew member holding a reflecting screen. See more »

Quotes

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

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

Soundtracks

My Bad
(2002)
Written by Dave Kelly and Rayvon (as Bruce Brewster)
Produced by Dave Kelly
Performed by Rayvon
Courtesy of Big Yard/MCA Records
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Decent buddy comedy from Murphy/De Niro
20 September 2016 | by dworldeaterSee all my reviews

Of course, I could be wrong but I seriously doubt that the film in question, Showtime is not to too many folks the greatest movie ever made. However, Showtime is a pretty decent buddy action/comedy that is fairly entertaining. Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro are a mismatched pair of cops that are working together and are being filmed on a reality cop show called Showtime. Both of these actors are great at what they do with De Niro being an excellent dramatic actor Eddie is a comic genius and while Robert De Niro is one of the best actors of his time Eddie Murphy is equally talented in the comedic realm. Also, both of these guys worked with director Martin Breast and made two of the best action comedies, Beverly Hills Cop and Midnight Run. Showtime can't really hold a candle against either of these classics, but still is pretty fast paced, lighthearted and action packed entertainment. Both Murphy and De Niro are great here, but the film itself is nothing spectacular. You could do much worst for an evenings entertainment and this is in my opinion, Eddie Murphy's best modern comedy that suites my tastes much better than the crappy family movies he has focused on since his classic period in the 80's and early 90's.


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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Showtime See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,011,430, 17 March 2002

Gross USA:

$38,082,712

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$77,885,672
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2.35 : 1
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