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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

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

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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


Entertaining, De Niro is good like always

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

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