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Can a buddy-cop parody still qualify as a good buddy-cop movie? Showtime struggles to prove it's possible, and with a few solid laughs it almost succeeds. No movie starring Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro could be a total turkey, and their pairing--as (respectively) a brash patrol cop/wannabe actor and a seasoned detective with zero tolerance for showmanship--yields a few choice moments of slick, professional comedy. Still, most of Showtime represents a missed opportunity, squandering Rene Russo's talent as a TV producer who casts Murphy and De Niro in a buddy-cop reality show that turns them into overnight celebrities. In an effort to repeat the modest success of Shanghai Noon, director Tom Dey capitalizes on the casual chemistry of his leads (especially Murphy, who outshines his costars) until parody succumbs to routine action involving big guns and bad guys. With a sharper sense of satire, this passable entertainment could have been a comedy juggernaut. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • HBO First Look: The Making of Showtime
  • Feature-Length Audio Commentary by Director Tom Dey, Producer Jorge Saralegui
  • Outrageous Additional/Extended Scenes Include the Entire Premiere Party Sequence and Hilarious Eddie Murphy Improvs
  • Interactive Menus
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Cast/Director Highlights
  • Scene Access
  • DVD-ROM Features:
  • Link to Original Theatrical Web Site and Other Locations
  • Log On to Future Online Events

Cast

Robert De NiroDet. Mitch Preston
Eddie MurphyOfficer Trey Sellars
Rachael HarrisTeacher
Alex BorsteinCasting Director
Marshall ManeshConvenience Store Owner
Nestor SerranoRay
Mos DefLazy Boy
Pedro DamiánCeasar Vargas
Peter JacobsonBrad Slocum
Rene RussoChase Renzi
Frankie FaisonLt. Winship
Kadeem HardisonKyle
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
Judah FriedlanderJulio

  • Genre: Action Movies
  • Director: Tom Dey
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 96
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 15, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 3, 2004
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