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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

  • Jul 07, 2016
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 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, 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.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    Showtime a lot of LOL s Movies.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer

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