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At Theaters: 3/15/2002 On Video: 8/13/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399908
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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When a no-nonsense LAPD detective is forced to star in a reality-based television show with a frustrated actor-turned-LAPD-patrolman, they find their lives turned upside down by a powerhouse producer and her very intrusive camera crew.
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Action Comedy - Fans of action comedy, particularly fans of stars Eddie Murphy and Robert DeNiro, should enjoy this buddy film. The target audience skews male, but most teens and adults are likely to enjoy. Frequent profanity and violence (though milder than usual) may be considered inappropriate for young children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert DeNiro THE SCORE, 15 MINUTES, MEN OF HONOR
Eddie Murphy DOCTOR DOLITTLE 2, SHREK
Rene Russo BIG TROUBLE
Frankie R. Faison HANNIBAL, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
William Shatner OSMOSIS JONES, MISS CONGENIALITY
Director: Tom Dey SHANGHAI NOON
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About The Production
About The Casting
Police Technical Advisor
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of mild to strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, but with little blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: Shootouts, chases, explosions.
COMEDY: Lots of wisecracking and some slapstick.
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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Poor "...Murphy's moves aren't wild or exaggerated enough to actually be, you know, funny (he just looks like a TV-cop cipher), and so De Niro seems to be reacting to nothing so much as the lame movie he's stuck in.''

James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "When the presence of William Shatner is the best thing about a movie, you know the production is in trouble. Such is the case with Showtime, a lifeless cop buddy story/media satire that offers occasional laughs, but, for the most part, is a tedious endeavor.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Average "The cop buddy comedy is such a familiar genre that a movie can parody it and occupy it at the same time. The characters in "Showtime" do it as a kind of straddle, starting out making fun of cop buddy cliches and ending up trapped in them. The movie's funny in the opening scenes and then forgets why it came to play.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "Showtime isn't just another case of if you've seen the trailer, you've seen the movie. This time, you've seen the movie if you've seen the print ads. this time-killer has an advantage that many formula movies don't.  De Niro's scowl and Murphy's sass are inherently funny, though in this case both actors are forced to call in moviegoers' long-established goodwill.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 182 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
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Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
17
High
76%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
65
Fairly High
86%
30+Adults (F)
72
Fairly High
88%
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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Certainly not the best opinions I've seen for such a big star movie, but they're not too bad. Teens obviously enjoyed it the most. If you notice on the graph, the yellow section on all the others all stopped at about the same place. We've learned that "Very Good," which is the yellow, is about the lowest positive rating. When you get into the lower opinions of "Good/Avg." and lower, you see a lot more negative comments.

From my experience, these opinions tell me that most moviegoers will enjoy "Showtime," but very few will love it. If you don't find time to see it at theaters, be sure to place it on your list of movies to see on video. It's certainly worth a rental.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
No-nonsense LAPD detective Mitch Preston (ROBERT DE NIRO) is a man of few words and even less style. All he asks is that he be left alone to do his job.

Patrol Officer Trey Sellars (EDDIE MURPHY) is a different story. Instead of being a cop, he would much rather play one on TV. A frustrated actor, he spends his workdays rousting pickpockets and his evenings perfecting his action poses in front of a mirror.

One night Trey stumbles into an undercover operation in progress, blowing Mitch's chance of nailing a drug dealer. At the same time, a television news crew barges in on the action, lights ablaze, further hindering Mitch's attempts to catch his fleeing suspect. Frustrated at seeing months of work go down the drain, the detective fires a shot at the camera. If there's anything he hates, it's intrusive reporters. And if there's anything he hates more than that, it's a joke of a cop like Trey getting in his way.

Mitch's impulsive action lands his photo on the front page of every newspaper the next day, simultaneously buying him an official reprimand and making him an instant media celebrity. Knowing a sure ratings draw when she sees one, network television producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo), a no-holds-barred hit-maker, swoops in and sells the Chief of Police on the PR benefits of letting her crew follow Mitch around the clock for a live reality show about cops. It's the last thing in the world Mitch wants to do but the only thing that will get  him off suspension so he can get back to pursuing the drug dealer who slipped through his hands.

But first, to compensate for Mitch's gruff manner and total lack of acting talent, Renzi must find him a charming, talkative, camera-ready partner - someone more polished, more media savvy, someone more like...Trey. Nevermind that Mitch can't stand the sight of him. Together, they're poised to become stars of the biggest hit reality show in history.

For Mitch, it's a living hell. For Trey, it's his dream come true.

It's "Showtime."

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