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Showtime (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Book 'em! The excitement revs up and the wit hits the fan when superstars Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy star in this action/comedy winner about mismatched LAPD partners who become the stars of a reality-TV cop series.
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Other than the moments featuring the man formerly known as T.J. Hooker, however, I found "Showtime" to be a reasonably entertaining if rather ordinary spoof on reality shows. Eddie Murphy does his trademark smart@$$ routine here, which has gotten pretty old and stale over the last decade or so. And DeNiro probably did his part to fulfill some sorta contractual obligation. Fortunately, I've seen both leads do a lot worse in some of the other movie roles they've chosen over the last decade or so. But I've also seen 'em do better as well (DeNiro more so than Murphy). To boil it all down, "Showtime" had a few somewhat funny moments, a couple somewhat touching cute moments, and a somewhat fresh action scene (the bad guys' garbage truck hauling a police cruiser on its dumpster forks around the streets of downtown L.A.), but it ain't really all that different from other buddy-cop-action flicks that have come down the pike since the genre was born. Also, I didn't find it quite entertaining enough to be a "repeat viewer" type of movie.
Oh well, there's always "T.J. Hooker" reruns... heh.
De Niro is Mitch, a streetwise cop who lives in the real world and takes pride in doing his job and the fact that he has never had to choose between cutting the red wire or the green wire. Murphy is Trey, a patrolman who likes being a cop but would also like to play a cop on TV. Rene Russo is the television executive, sort of a second grade Faye Dunaway "Network" type, who takes the opportunity to bring these two together when Mitch makes the mistake of blowing away a television camera during a shootout (his partner has been shot, there is a guy out there with the biggest gun you have ever seen, and for some reason Mitch does not like a bright light being shined on them in the dark of night). To avoid a multi-million dollar law suit Mitch is ordered to play ball with the television people, even if that means constantly being followed by cameras as he tries to do his job and putting Trey in the seat next to him. While Chase waits for Mitch to explode on camera, we wait for him to bond with Trey.
That is the premise of "Showtime," and the biggest irony is that the best scenes involve setting up the premise rather than the plot that keeps intruding on the fun.Read more ›
Eddie Murphy is always top notch in any movie he is in and so is De Niro. Both are very funny, but not exactly pee your pants funny. There were some very ingenious scenes, ones that I will remember for a while, especially the Hummer scene. However, the movie seemed that it took 30 minute breaks from comedy. It was funny, and then it got serious, and then it got funny again. That really turned me off because it creates a lack of pace.
Showtime was a good movie, don't get me wrong. It kept me interested through out and the whole big brother is watching scenario was very intriguing. I can definitely see some sort of show like this on television in the near future. I'd watch.
If you're looking for a good movie with some laughs and you're not in the mood to think much, then you got yourself a winner here. 3 Stars
As it stands 'Showtime' is neither ironic nor exciting and you will forget it completely 5 minutes after watching it. If the movie were extended to a little over 2 hours, with tighter editing and a better script it may have worked. Nothing is fully explored or exploited in this film and the villain is so weak and pointless his role could easily have been played by a ghost.
'Showtime' really ought to have been a mini-series. This would have offered a greater sense of self-referential, ironic humor and given more time to devote to plot, character, action and intelligence. But in this hour and a half movie, director Tom Dey cannot make anything work.
Murphy isn't funny, DeNiro is sleepwalking and Russo is wasted. The only person contributing anything of worth is Shatner. And the references to his TJ Hooker show are ironic by accident in regards to Hooker being better than 'Showtime' and 'Showtime' within the movie.
This movie is only an example of money thrown away and the totally wrong approach given to a promising concept. I would rent it. But make sure it is the widescreen version as the fullscreen (actually pan and scan, or 'CROPPED') has about %50 of the picture missing.
The commentary is uninteresting and I must seriously point out that the advertised 'Uproarious additional scenes, including hilarious improvised Eddie Murphy' are anything but. Even if I had watched my own autopsy they probably still would be the most uncomfortable and unfunny things I have ever witnessed in my life. The HBO documentary is light promotional fluff hosted by William Shatner and the extended scenes offer nothing new.
The Amazon details are incorrect-There is no DTS sound with this DVD.
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Loved this movie. Very underrated/under appreciated effort here by two great actors. I saw it twice in the theatre when it was new. Now I own it. Showed up early and as expected. Read morePublished 20 days ago by M.J.P.
A++. Fast and easy transaction. Exactly as described. Very fast shipping. RECOMMENDEDPublished 17 months ago by Roger Lavigueur
This movie (by todays standards) is very old, but still so funny!
I really enjoyed it with the family. Read more
The disc was in great shape but the box was a little banged up but in the end it was good enough for me.Published on June 5 2012 by Jeremy J. Mammon
If you are a fan of Eddy Murphy, you will simply love this one too.The story is kind of you have seen it in numerous movies before and Murphy is just too previsible in his... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Guiglou
Guys, know when to quit. It makes money, but it's shameful. It's also not that funny! This is the kind of numbingly stupid movie that deniro seems to like to make these days. Read morePublished on June 23 2003 by Aaron
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