Showtime Reviews

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ScoopOnline
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2009
Showtime a lot of LOL s Movies.
Super Reviewer
November 19, 2009
It's not the worst thing Eddie Murphy has ever done, but it might be De Niro's. It is a failed attempt at a buddy cop revitalization. It has very little comedy that isn't stale and overdone. It was a complete waste of two good actors. Zero originality.
arashxak
Super Reviewer
½ May 5, 2008
Entertaining, De Niro is good like always
Super Reviewer
April 25, 2008
It wasn't very good and might be a low point in both the actors careers.
Super Reviewer
½ July 30, 2007
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby!
sanjurosamurai
Super Reviewer
½ January 25, 2007
has some funny parts, not bad
Super Reviewer
October 17, 2006
It had its moments of funny, but mostly a bore.
Super Reviewer
November 19, 2006
Enjoyable
Super Reviewer
April 25, 2015
A clever satire about reality TV, Showtime is a lot of fun and full of laughs. To avoid a lawsuit for shooting a journalist's camera detective Mitch Preston is forced to star in a reality cop show and is teamed up with a wisecracking patrolman who sees the show as his big chance to become an actor. Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, and Rene Rossu lead the cast and deliver strong performance. And William Shatner has a wonderfully hilarious cameo in which he spoofs his TJ. Hooker persona. However, the villain is rather weak and his scheme is kind of cliché. Still, all around Showtime is a tremendously entertaining film that's pretty funny.
Super Reviewer
June 8, 2007
Funny movie. Some of the scenes borderline amateurish. This is one of the movie not to be taken too seriously.
xxdebxx
Super Reviewer
December 10, 2010
"It's...Showtime!"

Mitch Preston is a dedicated cop who is an incredibly focused professional completely intolerant of anything that gets in the way of the performance of his duties...like, say, a T.V. cameraman. All he asks is that he be left alone to do his job. So when the network executives approached him with the idea of this new reality show, I was thinking "Leave the guy alone. He's just trying to do his job." Nevertheless he gets roped into working with a rookie police officer (and actor on the side) with a snappy mouth Trey Sellers, played by Eddie Murphy, who wants to be a big movie star.

Predictably, Eddie Murphy ends up using his street smarts and offers some help in solving the case. Of course Mitch and Trey mix like oil and water and much merry mayhem ensues. Rounding out the cast are Rene Russo (as the pushy, sexy TV executive) and look for a small but hilarious role from William Shatner as T.J. Hooker.
October 9, 2014
At first glance, Showtime looks like another silly comedy ala Big Momma's House. Well...it is. Granted it is much better than Big Momma, but this is definitely a wait-for-cable. Though very light in the story, dialogue and acting departments, the movie has some very funny moments. The laughs are not enough to carry the film, however.

Eddie is back in FULL EFFECT circa Beverly Hills Cop and he is hysterical. Unlike the family-humor of the Nutty Professor movies, the kind of humor in Showtime showcase Eddie's strengths. He is just downright genius when it comes to purposeful overacting, flamboyance and hilarity. Too bad the story isn't nearly as strong as the Beverly Hills Cops movies. Because of that, Eddie does benefit though. One cannot help but call him the highlight of an otherwise weak film.

DeNiro, on the other hand, must have done this movie out of obligation to someone. Never has such weak dialogue been wasted on such a profound actor. He does take jabs at himself and he performs his character well, but he must have been paid a bundle because I cannot see an actor of his caliber reading HIS lines and saying, "Oh yeah...that's me."

The story is simple. DeNiro is a loose-cannon cop whose big bust is screwed up by rookie traffic cop/part-time actor, Eddie Murphy. Due to the botched job, DeNiro takes his frustrations out by shooting a TV camera. Voila, the TV station/company wants to either sue the police station or profit off his loose cannon attitude with a new reality-based TV show ala Cops. Guess which option the police station chooses? The Chief orders DeNiro to be on the show or lose his job.

In the meantime, the actor-wanna-be cop, Murphy, sets up an fake arrest in front of the TV show's producer, played by Rene Russo (who was HORRIBLE in this movie), to get the role of DeNiro's "partner" on the show. As you can guess, he won the part. The rest of the movie is DeNiro, still pissed at Murphy for botching his big job, and Murphy battling each other and trying to solve the core crime related to his botched job. Murphy spends the movie trying to be a real actor for the show, yet proving to DeNiro that he can be a serious cop.

Of course you will have to see the movie to see if there is a Hollywood ending to wrap it up...Nah, I will just tell you now...it does have a Hollywood ending. You can probably guess before even seeing it.

In any case, as average as the overall movie was, Eddie's performance is hysterical. Plus, I saw it for free, so I wasn't expecting Hamlet. It was worth the afternoon. However, don't go spend cash on it. You will be disappointed. Wait for HBO.
½ November 8, 2010
Now, imagine you have one of those days that you wish you can sleep away; you've had a long, long day and you can't wait to get home. But before you do, you drive to your local Taco Bell and just pig out at the drive-thru food menu. So now you arrive home (or) apartment with your big bag of food and large drink, you crash down on your couch and turn on your T.V. - it's 11:30pm and you flick the channel to TBS (Very Funny) and Showtime comes on... you're eating Taco Bell and watching this movie and believe it or not, you are having fun. 2 hours later, the movie is over and you are full of burritos and fiesta potatoes... and Sierra Mist (what have you), you smile to yourself and go to sleep.
½ January 14, 2007
I didn't know that Murphy and Deniro could work so good together. This is a good solid film. Funny and fun to watch and see what happens next! I recommend it to Deniro and Murphy fans out there and anyone who enjoys a solid nice funny and fun movie.
½ February 21, 2008
Robert De Niro was in The Godfather pt. 2, Raging Bull and Goodfellas and unfortunatly he has to add this to his resume
September 11, 2007
This movie is mildly entertaining. The best part, by far, is the part where they tear down the house using the big guns.
½ August 2, 2007
This movie didn't make much sense. Also, I didn't like the pairing with De Niro, who's best when doing serious dramas.
July 15, 2007
A few good jokes here and there but Eddie Murphy burned himself out long ago. De Niro was totally out of place too.
June 29, 2007
Mind-bogglingly awful. Completely phoned-in performances and no chemistry at all from the leads. Terrible contrived story. Just depressingly bad on every level.
½ June 26, 2007
This was awful. I completely forgot it existed until just now when I saw that one of my other friends had forgotten it existed too.
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