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Showtime [Region 4]

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Format: DVD (M)
Release Date: 17 September 2002

LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon; Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers--and partners him with Trey.

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Veteran L.A.P.D. detective, Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro Meet The Parents), is a man of few words and even less style. But what he lacks in charisma, he makes up for in skill skill that is about to lead to one of the citys biggest ever drug busts. That is until fast-talking slow thinking police patrolman and wannabe actor, Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy Shrek) manages to botch the entire operation. Furious about the outcome and aggravated by the television crews at the scene, Mitch shoots at a camera. Instantly he becomes a media celebrity and catches the eye of reality TV producer, Chase Renzi (Rene Russo Lethal Weapon 4). Knowing the police need some positive PR she sells the benefits of a crew following Mitch and Trey around to the Chief of Police. He agrees and instead of giving Mitch a suspension, he gives him an ultimatum: do it for the cameras or dont do it at all. Its not going to be pretty but it will be fun, when real cop Mitch is thrown into the unreal world of television complete with phoney people, bad sets and a partner who would rather act a cop than be one. Its Big Brother meets every great buddy cop movie: Lights, camera action and shoot its SHOWTIME.

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Veteran L.A.P.D. detective, Mitch Preston (Robert De Niro Meet The Parents), is a man of few words and even less style. But what he lacks in charisma, he makes up for in skill skill that is about to lead to one of the citys biggest ever drug busts. That is until fast-talking slow thinking police patrolman and wannabe actor, Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy Shrek) manages to botch the entire operation. Furious about the outcome and aggravated by the television crews at the scene, Mitch shoots at a camera. Instantly he becomes a media celebrity and catches the eye of reality TV producer, Chase Renzi (Rene Russo Lethal Weapon 4). Knowing the police need some positive PR she sells the benefits of a crew following Mitch and Trey around to the Chief of Police. He agrees and instead of giving Mitch a suspension, he gives him an ultimatum: do it for the cameras or dont do it at all. Its not going to be pretty but it will be fun, when real cop Mitch is thrown into the unreal world of television complete with phoney people, bad sets and a partner who would rather act a cop than be one. Its Big Brother meets every great buddy cop movie: Lights, camera action and shoot its SHOWTIME.

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This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 91 minutes
Region: 4
Director: Tom Dey
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Frankie R. Faison, Rene Russo, Robert De Niro, William Shatner
Producer: Jane Rosenthal, Jorge Saralegui
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired
Publisher: Roadshow Entertainment
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Jonathon Jones on
 
Very stale comedy about a hard arse cop teamed up with a dramatic over the top actor, in a bid to make a Cops like TV show more interesting. More of a TV movie than anything, Showtime lacks the conviction, humor and plot to serve any purpose. Boring to watch at most, Showtime is nothing like the movies it says it's in the tradition of.
Matthew Morgan on
 
Showtime is a buddy cop action film that seems to be trying to recreate similar films that De Niro and Murphy made during the 1990s, however the twist here is that they're two completely different police detectives who've been teamed up to star in a Cops-type reality TV show. The jokes are what you'd expect, i.e. not all that funny.
Andrew Lee on
 
LAPD Detective Sergeant Mitch Preston cares only about doing his job and nailing crooks. LAPD Patrol Officer Trey Sellars joined the force as a day job until his acting career took off. During an undercover drug buy Mitch was working that Trey botched by calling in for backup and drawing media attention, Mitch's partner is shot with a very exotic 12-gauge automatic weapon; Mitch then shoots the video camera out of the hands of a reporter filming the action when the cameraman refused to shut it down. Faced with a $10 million lawsuit, the department agrees to let producer Chase Renzi film Mitch's investigation for a new reality TV show, and constantly tries to make everything more "viewer friendly" by changing everything about Mitch's life to fit the stereotypical view of police officers--and partners him with Trey.
Simon Moetara on
 
This just never really seemed to work, and wasn't terribly funny... Bobby D and Eddie Murphy spark up no chemistry whatsoever... De Niro plays the hard cop, Murphy the up & comer, as partners in a new reality TV show... it's a parody, but never an actual buddy-cop film... not sure whether it's a satire, comedy, or action film... OK, but not as good as it should have been...
Yue Zhuo on
 
Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro do a thoroughly enjoyable job as two buddy cops on the streets of L.A. Trey (Murphy) is the cop-in-training who wants to be a real cop...on TV of course. While De Niro plays Mitch, a tough, no-frills cop who doesn't take much off of anybody. In this hilarious comedy, two unlikely characters are thrown together to do a reality cop show. While Mitch hates the whole idea of the show, Trey can't help but be caught up in he idea of being a star.
The mishaps that follow these two around are laugh-out-loud funny, and the friendship that results is a great ending to this movie. If you are either an Eddie Murphy or a Robert De Niro fan, or you just like movies about cops, this is definitely one you should see.
Cassie Merrick on
 
I thought this movie was really quite lame, the storyline was quite intresting and entertaing, but both of the main actors where shocking. I cant stand eddie murphy to begin with tso therefore i cant stand this movie. The gay quote "Showtime" is way to over used in this gay movie would have to give it a zero out of ten as it was crap!!
diver dan on
 
ok look i gotta say that when you rent out movies like this from the video store you really have to remember what your buying. i mean if you ever have a hope of this movie or any movie like it being fantastic then maybe you shouldnt get it. although i didnt find this movie to be great or fantastic or anything i felt it was ok or even good as what it was meant to be which is just a piece of pointless escapism.
steven Clarke on
 
This is such a bad movie where rob de niro is a cop who takes his job seriiously and he is partnered up with eddie muphey (a fake cop) to make a relaity TV show, its really dull and boring with the exseption of when eddie murphey slides over the bonnet of his expensive car and scraoes it with his gun holster
Courtney McGuiggan on
 
Showtime
The storyline and concept for this movie is just so far out their that it is funny. Some parts of this movie get boring but the comedy will defiantly keep you watching the whole way through. A great buy and a great watch for the whole family. Four out of five stars.
Tessa Chudy on
 
Yet another painfully mindless shrill and pointless Hollywood movie. This one a psuedo comedy cop crime flick with reality television connotations. However, it is a tired bit of buisness, there is nothing fresh no insight just routine formula stuff that apparently is easily palatable for mass consumption. But for the discerning it will induce panic.

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