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Showtime (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]

3.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Eddie Murphy, Rene Russo, Rachael Harris, Zaid Farid
  • Directors: Tom Dey
  • Writers: Alfred Gough, Jorge Saralegui, Keith Sharon, Miles Millar
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, Channing Dungey, Eric McLeod
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 13 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000069I1H
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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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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. Would Definitley buy again.
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This movie (by todays standards) is very old, but still so funny!
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.
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This is gonna sound really wacky, but I swear to God it's the truth: the only reason I was even remotely interested in watching "Showtime" was to see Eddie Murphy, Robert DeNiro, and William Shatner all working together in the same scene. I dunno why, but for some reason seeing this thespian trifecta working together was one of those once-in-a-lifetime deals that I never thought would ever happen in a million years. And I gotta admit, watching Shatner showing the other two guys how to be a T.V. action-show cop was pretty entertaining, and a nice bit of self-satire of his T.J. Hooker character. And yes, I DO need to get out more often, now that you mention 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.
'Late
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After cop Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro) becomes a local celebrity, he catches the eye of TV producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo) who wants him to star in a new COPS style reality show. De Niro is unimpressed but fellow cop and aspiring actor Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy) sees this as his big chance at fame. The first half of the movie is a chore to get through, but thankfully it improves a little. It doesn't help that SHOWTIME has a pedestrian, badly paced script with few thrills or laughs. The three leads try to give it a boost, but its almost all for naught. The movie almost drowns in its mediocrity. There are more thrills in a half hour episode of COPs than SHOWTIME and De Niro isn't given the opportunity to display the comic flair he showed in ANALYZE THIS and MEET THE PARENTS. Murphy on the other hand doesn't evoke fond memories of Axel Foley (Bev Hills Cop#1), and Russo would be better off in another LETHAL WEAPON (not that she had much to do in #4). Oh well, at least there's no threat of a sequel.... I hope.
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Patience is the virtue through the first half hour of this movie. If you can hang tight until the ball starts rolling, you will too.
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.
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Robert De Niro must be going through mid life crisis. Arguably one of the best dramatic actors of his generation, De Niro continues to try to prove himself as a comic actor in a parade of mediocre scripts (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Meet the Parents, Analyze This, Showtime). De Niro isn't a terrible comedian; he is just such a great dramatic actor that his comic ambitions seem pointless. It is like Michael Jordan trying to play baseball.
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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