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DVD Special Features:
Audio commentary with Tom Dey, Jorge Saralegui & Billy Webber
Additional Scenes with Optional Commentary
Behind the Scenes Documentary (HBO First Look)
Hidden Feature - Showtime promo spot (Easter Egg)
Languages: English, French and Italian
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 capitalises on the casual chemistry of his leads (especially Murphy, who outshines his co-stars) 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
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de niro and murhpy what a classic combination.
But In summary not a bad watch on a boring day.
The films opening really gives you a feel on how the rest is going to be, with each actor getting a suitable scene that best suits their acting styles.
Rober Deniro opens it with the "lowdown" on cop life, he gives the most serious, realistic and harsh version on how the average dectective lives and does their job. "..if you break the law, i will do all in my power to hunt you down and put you behind bars, that is a promise." Then the camera pans out and hes talking to an elementary school class! Which is the first of many humerous moments. He finishes it up by sayin that being a cop is not exciting and is not what you see on TV. The it immediatly skips to eddie murphy giving an excellent over the top performance whilst talkin gto his captain. Things like jumping off roofs shooting 2o guys, then you discover that he was just at an ordition for a television reality show. Where the humour really kicks in is 2 seconds later when you see that he is actually a real cop, which is quite sad!
The two actors hate each other at first, but over time the usual happens and they learn to like and learn from each other, becoming a team.
This film is worthit for the unique idea, the action and humour, and the great cast, including William Shatner from the original startrek who plays himself! If you happen to run into this film then hear it out, you wont b dissapointed.
"Showtime" is a film that has its cake and eats it too by making fun of the cop buddy comedy movie at the same time it embraces the genre. That might explain why you have the feeling at the end of this film that you are watching a different movie than the one you started out watching. De Niro is Mitch, a streetwise cop who lives in the real world and takes pride in doing his job and the fact that he has never had to choose between cutting the red wire or the green wire. Murphy is Trey, a patrolman who likes being a cop but would also like to play a cop on TV. Rene Russo is the television executive, sort of a second grade Faye Dunaway "Network" type, who takes the opportunity to bring these two together when Mitch makes the mistake of blowing away a television camera during a shootout (his partner has been shot, there is a guy out there with the biggest gun you have ever seen, and for some reason Mitch does not like a bright light being shined on them in the dark of night). To avoid a multi-million dollar law suit Mitch is ordered to play ball with the television people, even if that means constantly being followed by cameras as he tries to do his job and putting Trey in the seat next to him.Read more ›