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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Det. Mitch Preston
... Teacher (as Rachel Harris)
... Officer Trey Sellars
Zaid Farid ... Police Captain Ben
... Casting Director
Holly Mandel ... Producer
... Convenience Store Owner
... Ray
T.J. Cross ... ReRun (as TJ Cross)
... Lazy Boy (as Mos Def)
... 'Showtime' Cameraman
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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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

Rene Russo's assistant "Annie" is portrayed by Robert De Niro's real life adopted daughter Drena De Niro. See more »

Goofs

When Trey is following Preston he crouches behind Preston's car. The license plate is in shadows, but then is suddenly lit up like someone turned on a light. See more »

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Chase Renzi: That's great TV!
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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 Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) See more »

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Showtime
(2002)
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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Decent buddy comedy from Murphy/De Niro
20 September 2016 | by See 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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