Predictable but affable fish-out-of-water/buddy-cop comedy. Anthony Edwards is a wide-eyed cop from the 'burbs who gets sent "Downtown." Forest Whitaker is his new partner who shows him the ropes of the downtown streets. What the film lacks in originality, it makes up for with thanks to a decent cast, but in particular Whitaker. Still, when the film tries to take a serious turn, it really falls apart. Richard Benjamin directed this film and I'd always wanted to see something come out of him as good as "My Favorite Year" though after looking at most of Benjamin's filmography ("My Stepmother is an Alien" or "City Heat") I'm pretty sure "My Favorite Year" owes most of it's success to the script and cast rather than to Benjamin. "Downtown" also features Penelope Ann, Joe Pantoliano, Art Evans and Glenn Plummer, who for a short while seems to appear in everything from "Showgirls" to "Strange Days." I will give this film points for doing a wood chipper scene six years before "Fargo" although the Coen Brothers did it better.