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Showtime (2002)

Lights. Camera. Aggravation.

Original Title : Showtime
Director : Tom Dey
Writer : Jorge Saralegui
Keith Sharon
Alfred Gough
Miles Millar
Genre : Action
Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Bruce Berman , Channing Dungey , James Lassiter , Eric McLeod , Jane Rosenthal , Jorge Saralegui , Will Smith
Music : Shaggy
Alan Silvestri
Photography : Thomas Kloss
Distributor : Village Roadshow [au]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for action violence, language and some drug content.
IMDB ID : 0284490
Official site : http://www.showtime-derfilm.de/
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poster for "Showtime" by Tom Dey (2002)
Showtime (2002) - Tom Dey
 

Starring

Robert De Niro Detective Mitch Preston
Eddie Murphy Officer Trey Sellars
Eddie Murphy Officer Trey Sellars
 

Plot

LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon, Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers--and partners him with Trey. In this movie, De Niro plays Mitch Preston, a hard-nosed, hardworking police detective. Following in the reality-based TV trend, TV producer Chase Renzi played by Renee Russo, wants Mitch to star in her new show about the day-to-day activities of a real cop(think COPS). Not a moment will go by when he isn't on camera, whether at work or at home. Mitch doesn't particular like the idea, especially working with his new partner Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy), a cop who spends much of his time mugging for the cameras mounted inside the car he shares with Mitch. Throughout the rest of the movie, the two never got along, whereas Mitch is trying to investigate the whereabouts of a criminal who possesses a mythical "big gun" that has enough firepower to collapse a house, while Trey just wants to be famous.
 

Comments

A weak comedy STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs The intriguing casting decision of Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy as well as the compact running time are enough to entice the potential viewer to watch Showtime.Unfortunately,the chemistry between the two lead stars doesn't work and the supposedly short running time drags on for what feels like an eternity.Throw into the equation a rubbish story,a wasted William Shatner and only a smattering of funny scenes and this dross parody of buddy-buddy cop flicks is only salvaged from complete failure by some unexpected and amusing out-takes at the end.One to avoid.**
 
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Showtime (2002) - Tom Dey
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