Showtime (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Showtime starts out as a promising satire of the buddy cop genre. Unfortunately, it ends up becoming the type of movies it is satirizing.

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Robert DeNiro continues to lampoon his tough-guy persona with this spoof of buddy cop movies that teams him with comic co-star Eddie Murphy. DeNiro is L.A.P.D. detective Mitch Preston, a gruff, no-nonsense 28-year veteran whose bust of a drug gang is botched one night by Trey Sellars (Murphy), a bumbling patrolman who's really a frustrated actor at heart. When Mitch's aggravation is captured by a television news crew, he fires his gun in their direction and becomes an instant media celebrity, while earning himself a temporary suspension at work. After his fame draws the attention of network TV producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo), Mitch is soon informed that the only way he can get back to work is to allow a production crew to trail him on the job for a new cop reality series called "Showtime". In order to make the taciturn lawman more palatable to the viewing public, he's paired with the camera-friendly, fast-talking Trey. The new partners drive each other crazy, but their mismatched sensibilities make for great TV, while their newfound fame has its advantages in getting them back on the trail of those escaped drug dealers, who possess a powerful new weapon. Showtime co-stars Frankie Faison and William Shatner, who sends up his own TV cop role in T.J. Hooker. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for action violence, language and some drug content)
Genre:
Comedy
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Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$37,904,545.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Rene Russo
as Chase Renzi
Robert De Niro
as Mitch Preston
Eddie Murphy
as Det. Trey Sellars
Frankie Faison
as Capt. Winship
Andrew Wilson
as Locker Room Cop #1
Marshall Manesh (II)
as Convenience Store Owner
Reggie Gaskins
as Locker Room Cop #3
Teresa DePriest
as Female Cop #2
Linda Hart
as Waitress
Larry Joe Campbell
as Locker Room Cop #2
Peter Jacobson
as Brad Slocum
Clement Blake
as Gun Show Patron
Freez Luv
as Freez
Kirk Ward
as Parking Garage Police #1
Chris Harrison
as Reporter #2
Joel Hurt Jones
as Reporter #1
Rick Cramer
as Duty Officer
Christopher Darga
as Announcer At Gun Show
Rachael Harris
as Teacher
Jeff Sanders
as Big Boy
Tom Billett
as Freddy Bouncer #2
John Cariani
as Charlie
Pedro Damián
as Ceasar Vargas
Reggie Jordan
as Parking Garage Police #2
Robert L. Joseph
as Gangbanger #4
Zaid Farid
as Captain (Audition)
Henry Kingi
as Garbage Truck Driver
John Polce
as Police Officer
Pedro Damien
as Vargas
Amy Powell
as Reporter #4
Chris Ufland
as Reporter #6
Alan Borstein
as Casting Director
Holly Mandel
as Producer
Perri Peltz
as Reporter #3
Debra Snell
as Reporter #5
Ewan Chung
as Ping Pong Opponent
Lucille M. Oliver
as Screaming Woman
Callie Childers
as Pool Girl
Neil Mather
as Uniform
Joel Elliott
as Animal Welfare Worker #1
Grant Sawyer
as Animal Welfare Worker #2
Lisa Renee Pitts
as Female Cop #1
Yasiin Bey
as Lazy Boy
Robert Joseph
as Gangbanger #4
Perri Peltz
as Reporter #3
Reggie Jordan
as Parking Garage Police #2
Jeff Sanders
as Big Boy
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Critic Reviews for Showtime

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (33)

The thinness of the conception gives the actors so little room to maneuver that they turn in uniformly one-note performances.

July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

90 punitive minutes of eardrum-dicing gunplay, screeching-metal smashups, and flaccid odd-couple sniping.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Village Voice
Top Critic

This has the feel of something that was written by committee and it's all been done before.

March 19, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
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So pleased with its own spoofy conceit it stays in annoyingly self-amused, predictable mode.

March 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's not so much the generally preposterous premise as it is its sloppy handling that completely unhinges the film.

March 15, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

... Showtime isn't much of a show at all.

Full Review… | March 15, 2002
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Showtime

I came to this film because a blogger on Facebook had opined that 2002 was the year DeNiro decided that he didn't give a damn anymore. I fully expected the worst, but no, what one gets is a serviceable buddy cop comedy, no more. Sure, an A-list crowd and presentation, but still just one more in a slew of these things.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Showtime a lot of LOL s Movies.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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