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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I really enjoyed it with the family.
Language can be iffy depending on the age of the watchers, so if you have little ones I'd screen it first to make sure you're ok with it.
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.
Robert DeNiro plays a serious and straight forward detective (Mitch), while Eddie Murphy portrays a small time cop (Trey) who has more interest in an acting career. When Murphy becomes involved in DeNiro's undercover operation, DeNiro gets hot under the collar and breaks a news camera. DeNiro and Murphy are then forced to team up in a TV police series in order to avoid a law suit from the television station. Renee Russo (Grace) plays the station's producer who tries to change DeNiro's decor and lifestyle to coincide with public opinion for rating purposes, and DeNiro and Murphy become the rage of the viewing population.
The satire of William Shattner's 1980's TV show "T.J. Hooker" also shows up in a small part of the movie which consists of a little slapstick humor. As usual, Eddie Murphy steals the show with his off the wall comedy act, but DeNiro is equally funny playing his straight faced and dry humored character. Renee Russo and William Shattner are just plain silly. Although this movie does start out slow, when it picks up it will leave you laughing.
This script is a weak satire of reality cop shows and buddy cop flicks. It is no coincidence that the director of this film is Tom Dey, whose only other directorial effort was "Shanghai Noon", a Jackie Chan vehicle where Jackie does a comic duet with Owen Wilson in a lampoon of westerns. The hope was that Dey would be able to weave the same kind of satirical magic here, but this film comes up way short. To his credit, he did manage to give the film some good action footage.
De Niro tries to play the straight man in an absurd situation and it seems like his is the only character that realizes the lunacy of it. Everyone else seems to take their absurdity seriously. The tongue in cheek comedy is way over the top. Rene Russo, William Shattner and Eddie Murphy overact so terribly that it is more sad than funny. As a footnote, Drena De Niro (Robert De Niro's adopted daughter), appears for the fifth time in a film with her dad as Annie, the assistant producer and Rene Russo's sidekick.
The star power in this film was costly with a hefty budget over $85 Million and a box office of half that amount. I rated it a 4/10. This one needs to gather dust on the rental shelves and De Niro needs to get back to serious acting.
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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
You have to admit that the idea of teaming up Robert De Niro and Eddie Murphy is certainly interesting, but who would have thought they both would be upstaged by William Shatner... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Lawrance Bernabo
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
I had never heard of this movie until I saw it on the new release shelf. And since it starred Eddie Murphy with Robert DeNiro of all people, I just had to see what it was about. Read morePublished on June 7 2003 by Amazon Customer
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