Showtime

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Director
Tom Dey
Runtime
1 h 35 min
Release Date
14 March 2002
Genres
Action, Comedy
Overview
A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based T.V. cop show.
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  • Showtime
    Movies from Film Forum, 03/21/02In last year's thriller 15 Minutes, Robert DeNiro played a cop whose dangerous job was disrupted when the media got involved and made a spectacle of it. This year he's in a comedy called Showtime, but his situation hasn't changed much. Directed by Tom Dey (Shanghai Noon), Showtime matches a tough cop (DeNiro) and a tough-talking celebrity-cop (Eddie Murphy) for the development of a new "reality TV" show about crime-fighting on the streets. They find it hard to get their job done, especially when their acting coach turns out to be William Shatner. Soon, they're on the trail of a gang of crooks, dodging cameras all the while.The movie's general message seems to be: What you see on "reality TV" is not always what you get. Ironically, critics claim Showtime isn't all it's cracked up to be either. Even though DeNiro and Murphy are two of the big screen's most talented comedians—yes, DeNiro can be very funny—the laughs are falling flat.Mary Draughon (Preview) argues, "There's no deep message or moral to the story except forget your worries and have a little fun." But she concludes," Showtime clearly deserves an 'R' rating for foul language and excessive violence. When will Hollywood learn that entertainment doesn't require 'reality' to be real?"The USCCB's critic calls it a "cookie-cutter comedy … with one-dimensional characters and autopilot performances. Dey's contrived comedy never gathers enough momentum to produce anything more than a few chuckles."Phil Boatwright found "some funny moments … but it lacks any real satirical edge. The material doesn't live up to the cast's ability." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Steven Isaac (Focus on the Family) says, "Showtime has very little to do with [its] flimsy story. Instead, it has everything to do with huge fireballs, frantic car chases, and an exploding swimming pool. Showtime is nothing more than Beverly Hills Cop VIII meets Lethal Weapon IX with a dose of TV's COPS thrown in for fun."Michael Elliott says, "Dey … and a trio of screenwriters have a workable premise from which to build but they simply don't take it far enough. Their film is riddled with missed opportunities, missing punch lines, improbable scenarios, and stereotypically written characters."Holly McClure liked it better than most: "Pairing DeNiro and Murphy together was movie magic. I just think Showtime could have been a better story if the movie would have made the audience take it a little more seriously."Mainstream critics called it a disappointment. MaryAnn Johanson says it's "shockingly underwritten: bad guys have little motivation other than being clichÉd action-flick bad guys, entire scenes feel like they've been left out, and the few moments of real, original humor come and go and are never capitalized on. When an appearance by William Shatner is the biggest cause for celebration, you know a movie's in trouble. Showtime's in trouble." googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-2'); }); if (gptClientWidth >= 992 && gptClientWidth <= 1000000) googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-3'); }); Roger Ebert says, "I learn from the Internet Movie Database that [Tom Dey] studied film at Brown University, the Centre des Etudes Critiques in Paris, and the American Film Institute. He probably knows what's wrong with this movie more than I do. My guess: The screenplay was funnier and more satirical until the studio began to doubt the intelligence of the potential audience, and decided to shovel in more action as insurance." ]]>
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  • Showtime: Star Power Over Script
    Movies Showtime - PG-13Best for: Mature adultsWhat it's about: LAPD detective Mitch Preston (Robert DeNiro) takes his police work seriously. Patrol Officer Trey Sellars (Eddie Murphy) wants to become a detective, but his heart really isn't in it. Trey's real passion is acting, and he would love nothing more than to play a cop on TV. One night, while on his beat, Trey interrupts an undercover operation led by Preston, and the local news catches the event. Mitch gets angry at the interference of the press, fires his gun at a camera in anger and, in order to have a lawsuit against the department dropped, is ordered to appear on a reality cop show. Trey becomes TV partners with Preston, who hates having television producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo) follow him around all day. But it's the only thing that can keep him off suspension long enough to pursue a drug dealer who has slipped through his hands. Soon the two become the stars of Showtime, the biggest reality show hit in TV history. Mos Def and William Shatner also star.The good: Hollywood scripts are getting more interesting these days, with star pairings (like DeNiro and Murphy) that no one in Hollywood 10 years ago would have dreamed would work. Since DeNiro has proven he can handle comedy, and Murphy has proven he can play a funny cop, the two were a good choice for this buddy movie.Showtime is an action comedy in the traditional style, with car chases, explosions, good guys fighting bad guys and of course, a secret weapon that could endanger lives. But this comedy takes a different turn by laughing at itself, creating an over-the-top TV show that makes fun of the glamorized cop shows. Russo, who continues to dazzle with her beauty, is well cast as the stereotypical Hollywood producer who's only in it to make a lot of money. This is the kind of movie you go to see because of star power. Watching these three work together is more entertaining than the story, and they make the movie worthwhile.The not-so-good: Although the story proves to be entertaining and both DeNiro and Murphy are funny, something about the movie never really clicks. Is it funny? Yes. It's hard to have Murphy in a movie and not laugh. Was it interesting? Yes. The plot about the secret weapon gave the rest of the story some momentum. Was the premise a good idea? Yes, it was clever: Even the cops are jaded about their own cop show! So what didn't work? DeNiro has proven he's adept at handling the material, but his style works best when he still has an "edge" and the audience isn't quite sure what he'll do. In this movie he starts of mean and gruff, but halfway through he loses that edge and becomes a sort of marshmallow to set up Murphy's jokes. The chemistry would have kept its edge and the story would have been more interesting if DeNiro hadn't become such a creampuff by the end.Offensive language & behavior: Lots of profanity, including an abundant use of scatological terms and religious profanities. Drugs are shown but not used.Sexual situations: None.Violence: Lots of it. Police shoot at the bad guys, and the bad guys shoot a secret type of gun that obliterates everything in sight. A house is literally gunned down, a man and woman are presumed dead but not shown, several explosions take place, several men are shot, and a man is washed over the edge of a building.Parental advisory: The violence and language in this movie make it appropriate only for mature audiences. Just because it has a "PG-13" rating and stars Eddie Murphy does not mean its Dr. Doolittle-friendly. Heed the rating and don't take your kids to this action/comedy for adults.Bottom line: I know it sounds like I didn't like this movie, but I did. Pairing DeNiro and Murphy together was movie magic. I just think Showtime could have been a better story if the movie would have made the audience take it a little more seriously. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); ]]>
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